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July 18, 1997

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Julius Erving and George Gervin head the all-time American Basketball Association team announced Thursday, as selected by a panel of 50 sports writers and former league officials.

Former Indiana Pacers coach Bob ``Slick″ Leonard was voted the league’s all-time coach in the balloting leading up to the ABA’s 30-year reunion, which will be held next month in Indianapolis.

Gervin and Erving were unanimous selections to the 30-member team, with Erving named the league’s all-time most valuable player. Other unanimous selections to the team were Roger Brown, Louie Dampier, Dan Issel, Mel Daniels and Artis Gilmore.

The other members of the team are Marvin Barnes, Zelmo Beaty, Darrel Carrier, Connie Hawkins, Jimmy Jones, Maurice Lucas, George McGinnis, Bob Netolicky, Charlie Scott, David Thompson, Rick Barry, Ron Boone, Mack Calvin, Billy Cunningham, Donnie Freeman, Spencer Haywood, Warren Jabali, Freddie Lewis, Moses Malone, Doug Moe, Billy Paultz, James Silas and Willie Wise.

A panel of voters made up of sports writers and broadcasters, former league executives, referees and team officials.

The ABA will hold a reunion in Indianapolis Aug. 22-24.

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CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) _ Mike Tyson paid a visit to his old home Thursday and stopped at a restaurant for a meal of pasta and tomato sauce.

Tyson brushed off reporters after exiting L’ Conca Doro in this tiny village about 30 miles south of Albany. He left with his entourage in two Range Rovers.

He was banned from boxing indefinitely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and fined $3 million for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears in a title fight June 28.

Tyson lived and trained in Catskill under Cus D’Amato, who later adopted the fighter, in the 1980s. After D’Amato died in 1985, Tyson stayed in Catskill to train with Kevin Rooney until 1988. Tyson then fired Rooney.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Skater Ekaterina Gordeeva has entered into a multi-year agreement with Target Stores to appear in commercials, endorse products and make in-store appearances, Target announced Thursday.

The Olympic gold medalist will star in a prime-time holiday television special and her image will be used in materials for various Target promotions, the company said.

Gordeeva also will be spokesperson for the company’s partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, said John Pellegrene, executive vice president of marketing for Dayton Hudson and Target Stores.

``Ekaterina’s energy, courage and lovable personality make a perfect match for Target,″ Pellegrene said.

In their 13 years of skating together, Gordeeva and her late husband, Sergei Grinkov, won four world championships and two Olympic gold medals for pairs skating. Since Grinkov’s death in 1995, Gordeeva has pursued a solo skating career.

Minneapolis-based Target, a discount retailer, has 752 stores in 39 states.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Noel Domen has come further than any other woman in the 1997 Women’s Boxing National Championships, and not just in distance.

Domen, a 17-year-old from Waianae, Hawaii, was getting into trouble and failing in school before she found boxing.

``It was the discipline that really helped me,″ said Domen, who lost 5-0 Thursday night to Leona Brown of New York. ``I was a 1.0 (GPA) student and boxing really helped me get my life onto the right track. It gave me the discipline to accomplish what I want.″

Domen, one of only two 17-year-olds in the tournament, has a 4-1 career record.

Her coach, Bruce Kawano, said when he first saw Domen he didn’t think she would ever get in the ring.

``She really didn’t look like a boxer, but she kept coming. She was persistent,″ said Kawano, of Waianae Boxing Club.

Domen used her high school graduation money to finance a trip to this week’s championships. She plans to attend Leeward Community College in the fall, and hopes to someday fight at the international level.

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