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Bruno Retires From Ring at 35

From Staff and Wire Reports

Six weeks ago, Frank Bruno was talking about a third title fight with Mike Tyson. On Friday, the 35-year-old boxer announced his retirement after learning he risked losing vision in one eye if he continued fighting.

Tyson all but ended Bruno’s career in March--in what turned out to be the Briton’s last fight. Tyson pummeled him and then knocked him out in the third round, taking Bruno’s World Boxing Council title at Las Vegas.

Bruno was advised to retire by Dr. David McLeod, who told him it was unlikely he would pass his eyesight standards to box in Britain, and might lose his vision in one eye with a blow to his head.

“I’ve had a good innings, I’m chilled,” Bruno said Friday. “We’ve all had a big cut of the cake. I’ve had my fair share and I don’t want to be greedy.”

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Bruno had 45 fights, won 40 and had 38 knockouts. He lost three title fights before winning the crown by beating Oliver McCall in a unanimous decision at Wembley on Sept. 2, 1995. He was only the third Briton to hold a world heavyweight title.

Basketball

Point guard Gary Johnson, who averaged 15.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals at Brown Mackie College in Kansas last season, has enrolled at USC and will play for the Trojans this year.

Johnson has two years of eligibility remaining.

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Kate McEwen, who gained national attention as the victim of football star Lawrence Phillips’ assault last fall, said she will not return to the Nebraska women’s basketball team, although she has two years of eligibility remaining. . . . Jerry Richardson, women’s coach at Central Florida, was killed in an automobile accident in Orlando. He was 40. . . . Former Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo said she will not play with the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League.

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Cory McClenathan (top fuel), John Force (funny car) and Warren Johnson (pro stock) led their categories after the first round of qualifying at the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Clermont, Ind.

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The Canadian Football League put the troubled B.C. Lions into receivership after concluding that owner Nelson Skalbania was unable to pay the team’s bills.

The troubled franchise has failed to cover its most recent player and administrative payrolls, forcing the league to cough up $120,000 to make up the shortfall. The club is also more than $300,000 in debt.

The agency that oversees Arizona’s judiciary accused a judge of giving business advice to tennis star Andre Agassi in violation of a state law prohibiting judges from practicing law on the side.

The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct accused Pima County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Fleischman of Tucson of five counts of judicial misconduct, claiming he was paid as a consultant in negotiations between Agassi and Nike.

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World and Olympic champion Felicia Ballanger of France defended her title in the women’s sprint final in the World Cycling Championships at Manchester, England, and Russian Svetlana Samokhvalova beat American Jane Quigley in the final of the women’s points race.

Eight months after dropping football, Pacific asked former NFL quarterback Bob Lee to resign as athletic director. Lee will leave the school next Friday after five years on the job.

Travis Roy, the Boston University hockey player paralyzed last season 11 seconds into his first hockey game for the school, returned to campus to begin his freshman year again.


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