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Names In The Game

September 16, 1997

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Former heavyweight champions George Foreman and Joe Frazier _ who battled Muhammad Ali in some his most memorable title fights _ will be at Ali’s Tribute to Amateur Boxing on Saturday.

They join a roster that already included Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, in their first appearance together since their June fight in which Tyson was disqualified for biting both Holyfield’s ears.

The tribute also will feature an appearance by singer Natalie Cole, a reading of Ali’s poetry by actor James Earl Jones, and some light-hearted boxing. Holyfield, Ken Norton and Ali himself will spar wih local celebrities such as basketball coaches Tubby Smith of Kentucky and Louisville’s Denny Crum.

The tournament and tribute are expected to raise more than $1 million for a planned Ali museum and education center in Louisville and several USA Boxing youth programs. The tournament will help determine who makes the U.S. Boxing Team that will compete at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, next month.


Karrie Webb reports LPGA gift missing

KENT, Wash. (AP) _ Just hours after she defended her Safeco Classic title, Karrie Webb reported to police that a $16,000 watch she received as a prize from the LPGA was missing.

The Australian golfer was given the watch, with 12 diamonds and a gold band, when she won the Rolex Rookie of the Year honor last year.

The watch was reported missing Sunday night from Webb’s room at the Hawthorn Suites, police said Monday. It could have been taken any time from last Thursday to Sunday night, Sgt. Mark Gustafson said.

``A lot of people were in and out of the room throughout the week,″ Gustafson said. ``There was no sign of forced entry.″

Bob Combie, regional director for Hawthorn Suites, said company records showed only one employee going into Webb’s suite.

``There was, however, a tremendous amount of guest interaction,″ he said.

Webb won $82,500 with a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Safeco Classic at the Meridian Valley Country Club.


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) _ Centre Court at Wimbledon is sporting a new crop of grass.

The best known rectangle of grass in the world has been dug up for only the second time in 75 years and a specially grown new turf has been put down.

The grass was badly torn up during this year’s tournament, which was one of the wettest in history.

``We were planning to re-lay Centre Court at some time in the near future, but what happened with all the rain this year made it necessary to do it now,″ said Chris Gorringe, the All England Club chief executive.

Gorringe said Centre Court was the 10th court at Wimbledon to be relaid or rebuilt in the last eight years.

The Centre Court surface was widely criticized this year, although the new No. 1 Court came in for praise.

The grass at Centre Court was grown in Yorkshire in northeast England and matured for two years before being transplanted.


ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia (AP) _ Jarret Reid won’t be playing hockey for St. Francis Xavier University anymore.

The school said the 24-year-old high-scoring forward won’t be invited back because of his recent conviction for battering a former girlfriend.

``Mr. Reid has pleaded guilty to assaulting another student and this behavior is not consistent with the criteria of exemplary behavior we expect of varsity athletes,″ Sean Riley, the school president, said Tuesday.

Reid, a rookie last season, will be sentenced Nov. 20 on three counts of assault. The conviction was his second in two years for abusing a former girlfriend.

Reid was sentenced in 1995 to nine months in jail for incidents stemming from his playing days with the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

Reid was convicted of eight counts of physical and sexual assault of a woman, who told authorities of several incidents of abuse, including forced intercourse.

He was admitted to St. Francis Xavier after serving three months of his sentence and requested a tryout with the X-Men, a team coached by former Soo skipper Danny Flynn.

``St. FX gave Jarret Reid a second chance,″ said Flynn. ``It is unfortunate he did not make the best of this opportunity.″

Reid, a third-year science student, will continue as a student while the school’s dean of students conducts a separate review under the university’s disciplinary code.

Reid scored 23 goals in 26 games last year for the X-Men. He was also a member of the Canadian university all-star team that defeated their U.S. counterparts last April in Detroit.

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