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Names In The Game

August 2, 1993

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Even the boxers are getting a little tired of all these fledgling world governing bodies that are springing up.

Citing a lack of credibility, Lester Ellis of Australia on Monday relinquished his World Boxing Federation welterweight title.

Ellis, the former IBF junior-lightweight champion, won the vacant WBF title with a second-round TKO of Rocky Berg earlier this year, but he never defended it.

″The WBF belt is a toy belt,″ Ellis said. ″It is the belt you get for a world championship when you are not a world champion.″

Ellis will drop down two divisions to fight Calvin Grove in a 10-round non- title lightweight bout at the National Tennis Center in Melbourne on Sept. 6. Ellis said he now was aiming to win a WBC title. Grove, from Coatesville, Pa., is ranked No. 2 in the junior-lightweight division by the WBC.

″We don’t think the WBF will ever be recognized by the people who count,″ said Ellis’ brother and trainer Keith Ellis. ″We are being ridiculed for holding their title.″

Ellis, 28, has a 35-5 professional record.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A police officer who admitted giving a false statement in a case involving defensive back Rod Woodson of the Pittsburgh Steelers is facing disciplinary action.

Fort Wayne Police Chief T. Neil Moore has recommended a one-year suspension and demotion for Sgt. Michael Tippmann.

Tippmann faces administrative charges of misrepresenting his involvement in an arrest while under oath and conduct unbecoming an officer for failing to write a report.

Woodson, a former Purdue football and track star, was found innocent in March of battery to a police officer and resisting law enforcement. Woodson and police scuffled in May 1992 when officers tried to arrest Woodson’s brother Jamie.

Tippmann admitted while testifying during the trial that he lied when he said in a deposition that he witnessed Woodson assault officer John Shank on May 19, 1992.

Moore and Public Safety Director Payne Brown have asked the city’s Board of Safety to suspend Tippmann, an 18-year veteran, and demote him to patrol officer.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) - If it works, they ought to call it the Trevino Meter.

The Colorado Golf Association says it is testing a machine capable of detecting pre-lightning conditions and nearby lightning strikes. The association is taking the Stormaster equipment, marketed by American Lightning Protection of Louisville, to all its major tournaments on a trial basis.

″Every time that machine has gone off it’s been pretty much right on,″ said the association’s executive director, Warren Simmons.

The equipment was in use during last month’s U.S. Senior Open Golf Tournament at Cherry Hills Country Club and recently scanned the afternoon skies during the 30th Colorado Open at the Inverness Golf Club.

″Golfers out there holding and swinging metal clubs become, in effect, a lightning rod attracting the lightning,″ Kevin Bergschneider, commercial vice president for ALP Inc., said.

Just ask Trevino, who’s been hit by lighting several times on the golf course.

The machine, which sells for less than $7,000, measures the electric-field strength in the vicinity and sounds a warning alarm when lightning occurs within 6 to 9 miles of the antenna.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Winning may not be everything, but the Brazilian soccer team must be wondering what it has to do to please its fans.

Not even a 5-1 thrashing of Venezuela in a World Cup qualifying match on Sunday was enough to dispel disappointment over Brazil’s repeated errors and lackluster play.

″A deceptive victory,″ read a headline in the Rio newspaper O Globo.

″Rout doesn’t hide Brazil’s bad soccer,″ the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo said.

″It was five (goals), but it could have been 10,″ wrote Folha de Sao Paulo. ″Not even then, however, would we be certain that the team has found its bearings.″

The win, coming on the heels of a 0-0 tie with Ecuador and 2-0 loss to Bolivia, gave Brazil some breathing room in its campaign to qualify for next year’s World Cup in the United States.

With three points, Brazil is tied with Uruguay for second place in South America’s Group B, although Uruguay has played one game less. Bolivia leads with four points.

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