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December 1, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ Former champion Kirkland Laing withdrew Monday from Wednesday’s fight against Sylvester Mittee for the vacant British welterweight boxing title because of flu.

Instead, Mittee will be paired with an as yet unnamed opponent in a nontitle bout at the Alexandra Palace.

Laing, who once beat Roberto Duran, held the British title in 1979 before losing to Colin Jones. It recently became vacant when titleholder Lloyd Honeyghan gave it up to challenge and beat American Don Curry for the undisputed world crown.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have designated Tuesday as ″Mario Lemieux Day″ to honor the Pittsburgh Penguins’ center for his charitable work on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

Lemieux, one of the NHL’s top scorers, will be honored Tuesday night at an informal party at a suburban Pittsburgh restaurant.

According to a proclamation signed by Allegheny County Commissioners Barbara Hafer, Pete Flaherty and Tom Foerster: ″We commend him, not only for his style of productive, winning hockey with the Pittsburgh Penguins ... but also for his compassion for the victims of epilepsy because he was touched and responded.″

″The young Mr. Lemieux has brought strong leadership to the hockey franchise, a quality of athletic excellence that has rejuvenated the team and a charisma that has restored fan enthusiasm,″ according to a proclamation signed by City Council President Ben Woods.


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Chen Chin-mon of Taiwan’s Blue team hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give Taiwan’s Blue team an 8-7 victory over Puerto Rico 8-7 Monday in the semifinals of the 1986 International Baseball Tournament.

In Tuesday’s final, the Blue team will meet Taiwan’s White team, which defeated South Korea 4-2 in the other semifinal game in the annual invitational amateur tournament.

South Korea and Puerto Rico will battle for third place Tuesday.

The four teams advanced to the semifinals after round-robin competition that included teams from the United States, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Kenny Wilson of Villanova, who scored 53 points in his team’s first three games, has been named the Big East Player of the Week, the conference said Monday.

Wilson scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in Villanova’s 80-73 loss to Temple in the second round of the preseason NIT.

Derrick Coleman of Syracuse, who scored 13 points in the Orangemen’s 96-52 victory over Loyola, Ill., was named the freshman of the week.


PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Surgery on the left shin of Phoenix Suns guard Bernard Thompson has been canceled because a stress fracture has been healing faster than expected, the NBA team said Monday.

Dr. William Hamilton was to have operated on Thompson Tuesday in New York, said Suns spokesman Tom Ambrose.

″The injury didn’t heal over the summer, and he (Hamilton) scheduled the surgery to stimulate bone growth,″ Ambrose said.

Thompson, a 6-foot-6, third-year player acquired in 1985 from the Portland Trail Blazers, played the last two weeks of last season with the stress fracture of his left tibia. He finished with an 8.5-points-a-game average for 61 appearances, including 20 starts.

Ambrose said Hamilton had projected Thompson’s recovery time at six weeks following surgery. The player apparently will return without surgery in the same length of time, Ambrose said.

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