Names in the Game
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ Roy Jones Jr. has been welcomed home a champion, a greeting his fans say is five years overdue.
Jones’ triumphant return as the IBF’s middleweight champion Sunday finally erased the disappointment that Pensacola had shared with Jones since his controversial loss at the 1988 Olympics.
″It feels great,″ the fighter’s aunt, Pat House, said. ″We knew it would come. He knew his potential, but at first it was denied.″
Jones had dominated his title fight at the Seoul Olympics, but the judges voted the gold medal to South Korean Park Si-Hun, a decision that led to changes in how Olympic boxing is scored.
Jones, 22-0 with 20 knockouts, could not be denied Saturday night, winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Sitting in a throne-like chair, Jones displayed his champion’s belt as family, friends and fans whooped it up Sunday night at Seville Quarter, an 1890s-style night spot.
″I hope you’ve noticed, but every time they put a TV camera on me, the first thing out of my mouth is Pensacola,″ Jones told the crowd.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A former Cameroon soccer player who gave up the sport to get an education in the United States is now making soccer popular in Georgia as a coach.
″I consider Milledgeville my first home, and I want to see the sport I love developed here,″ said Augustine Ayuk, who left Cameroon seven years ago.
Ayuk remembers when he traded national fame and fortune with Cameroon’s junior soccer team for an education.
″All my friends thought I was crazy and my soccer coach kept asking me, ‘Why do you have to go?’ ″ Ayuk said. ″And I told him it was time for me to get my education. Sports is a very important thing both here and in my country, but you must understand, a millionaire without any sense is nothing.″
He enrolled at Georgia College, a small school in Milledgeville that he had heard of in Cameroon. But the lure of his favorite sport never abated as he studied to earn his doctorate in international affairs.
That’s when he turned to coaching.
In 1990, Ayuk became coach of the Old Capital Soccer League’s 16-and-under team. His Merritt Massey Rovers have lost only one game, and the popularity of soccer in Milledgeville has risen dramatically.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - The London lawyers of Russian hurdler Lyudmila Narozhilenko, whose estranged husband says he put steroids in her medication out of spite, threatened legal action against the governing body of track and field unless it discussed her case, an official said Monday.
Istvan Gyulai, general secretary of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, said the case won’t be on the official agenda of the current IAAF council meeting as a separate item, as requested by Narozhilenko’s lawyers, but that it might be discussed by the doping commission.
Narozhilenko wants her four-year ban for doping lifted.
Narozhilenko’s husband and coach has said he put banned steroids into her prescribed medication. Nikolai Narozhilenko said he did it after learning his wife planned to leave him for her Swedish manager.
The hurdler was banned after testing positive at a meet in France in February.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Yale University on Monday awarded an honorary degree posthumously to Arthur Ashe, the tennis player who also was a crusader for human rights and AIDS research.
Ashe accepted Yale’s offer of an honorary degree only a few weeks before his Feb. 6 death, the university said.
Accepting the doctor of humane letters for Ashe at Yale’s 292nd commencement was Alexandra Dell. She is the daughter of Donald Dell, a 1960 Yale graduate, chairman of Ashe’s management firm, a former tennis player and a close friend.
Ashe was the only black man to win the Wimbeldon championship and the U.S. Open.