Tyson's Main Problem May Be Lack of Desire

I've got the feeling that Tissue Paper Mike Tyson, formerly known as Iron Mike, is losing his desire to fight. . . .

The All-Star game often bores me, but the player selections and elections rarely do. . . .

This year the biggest gripes are about the additions to the National League roster by Manager Bobby Cox. . . .

No Sammy Sosa? Less than a so-so decision. . . .

No Oh Henry Rodriguez, until the scratch of Tony Gwynn? Oh my! . . .

It seems as though Cox isn't getting any better at this business of picking reserves and pitchers. . . .

Rest assured, he won't shortchange his very own Atlanta Braves. . . .

Starters John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine deserved to be named to the pitching staff, but reliever Mark Wohlers was a stretch. . . .

I won't quibble with Cox's selection of St. Louis Cardinal irregular Ozzie Smith, who makes the roster in his farewell season on the body of his work. . . .

News item: Angel reliever Troy Percival's selection to the American League team means he will have to cancel his planned trip to Lake Havasu. Reaction: I know another prominent Southern California athlete who would be more than happy to take his place at Havasu. . . .

If there is no change in the rule that every team must be represented, the All-Star rosters should be expanded in 1998 when Arizona and Tampa Bay join up. . . .

Texas' Johnny Oates and New York's Joe Torre both deserve consideration as American League manager of the midseason. . . .

This time, the heat shouldn't be taken as a valid excuse if the Rangers fold down the stretch. . . .

Remember when an earned-run average of 4.10 was considered high? On Wednesday, it was low enough for 10th place in the American League. . . .

Thumbs up to San Diego Padre coach Davey Lopes for wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. . . .

Delino DeShields is a candidate to become the first Dodger to lead the National League in stolen bases since 1976, when Lopes stole 63. . . .

Dodger Todd Worrell leads the National League in saves, ex-Dodger organization minor leaguer John Franco is third, and ex-Dodger John Wetteland leads the American League. . . .

The Angels will play Montreal in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 4 at Cooperstown, N.Y. . . .

The American League's only 12-game winner, Andy Pettitte of the Yankees, already has equaled his 1995 win total. . . .

"North Dallas Forty" was a terrific book and motion picture, but the real-life saga of the Dallas Cowboys is making it seem tame. . . .

A small publishing house, Woodford Press in San Francisco, has been licensed by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games to publish a book on the Games, and the 300 pages will be available in bookstores two weeks after the closing ceremony. . . .

Boxing would be a great sport in the Olympics if not for the politics, the over-refereeing and the terrible scoring system. . . .

Please explain to me why a soft jab that lands counts as much as a knockdown punch. . . .

I imagine that the Cuban baseball team, which wears red uniforms, will be known as the Big Red Machine in Atlanta. . . .

Who is the fastest jockey? Corey Black won a 50-yard foot race among thoroughbred and quarter horse riders at Los Alamitos. . . .

Five of the eight horses in the American Handicap today at Hollywood Park are foreign bred. . . .

And then there is Kentucky-bred Kazabaiyn, who will try to win the American this year after being disqualified from second to fifth in the Stars & Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park last Independence Day. . . .

Super-middleweight champion/not-so-super point guard Roy Jones Jr. plans to play in a summer basketball league at the Long Beach Pyramid. . . .

The Roger Penske racing team is 0 for 9, its worst start in 20 years. . . .

UCLA has a record nine current and former athletes on the U.S. Olympic men's and women's track and field teams. . . .

USC, which opens its football season against Penn State on Aug. 25 in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands, will have three byes. . . .

That's about two too many. . . .

UCLA, which opens Sept. 7 at Tennessee, will have only one bye. . . .

Born on the Fourth of July: Firecracker George Steinbrenner (1930), Chuck Tanner (1929), Jose Oquendo (1963), Vinny Castilla (1967), Pam Shriver (1962), Todd Marinovich (1969) and Horace and Harvey Grant (1965).

For the Record Los Angeles Times Friday July 5, 1996 Home Edition Sports Part C Page 4 Sports Desk 1 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction Track and field--The school with the most representatives on a U.S. Olympic track and field team was misidentified in Thursday's editions of The Times. USC holds the record with 11 in 1936.
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