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February 20, 1989

LONDON (AP) _ Terry Marsh, a former world junior welterweight champion who had planned his ring comeback for March 4 despite the opposition of the British Boxing Board of Control, sprained his ankle on a training run and will have to postpone the fight.

Marsh, who retired from boxing in 1987 after being diagnosed as an epileptic, now claims he actually suffers from hypoglycemia and that he blacked out after bingeing on chocolate bars.

But the British fighter has refused to submit to tests ordered by the BBBC to prove he is not an epileptic, so the board is opposing his return to the ring.

Despite the lack of a board sanction, Marsh had planned to fight Sylvester Mittee for the International Boxing Federation continental title in his hometown of Basilton in early March. But he sprained the ankle Sunday when he stepped in a divot on a training run.

″I’m gutted,″ Marsh said after being told by doctors not to train for a week to 10 days. ″I’m in the peak of condition but there is no way I could continue with the March 4 date with such a gap in my training.″

Marsh said the fight could be held in six to eight weeks.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) - Defending champion Scavolini Pesaro took over the undisputed lead in the Italian Basketball League, downing Enichem Leghorn 87-78.

Former NBA star Darren Daye pumped in 27 points as he led Scavolini to victory, making up for the absence of the other American player on the team, Larry Drew.

Scavolini has 30 points in 21 games, two points ahead of Enichem.

Brazilian Oscar Schmidt, of Snaidero Caserta, holds first place in the league scoring race with 770 points, an average of 36.6 points per game.

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RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) - An Elk County man was charged with receiving stolen property after a state trooper noticed he was wearing an All-Star Game ring stolen from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., police said.

David Zimmett, 43, of St. Marys was charged with the offense last Thursday when state police in Ridgway, Elk County, were booking him on an unrelated charge of theft of firearms, said Trooper Edward Moore.

A search of Zimmett’s house and car Friday turned up other missing items: baseballs signed by players from the 1933, 1934 and 1977 All-Star Games; rings for All-Star games from 1977 through 1983; and a ticket for the 1933 game in Comiskey Park in Chicago, police said.

Hall of Fame officials found the memorabilia missing from a display case Tuesday and recalled seeing a visitor acting ″a little peculiar″ that day, said hall director Howard Talbot.

The visitor was Zimmett, and he left his name, address and phone number - in accordance with Hall of Fame procedure - after using the hall’s library, police said.

″He used some instrument to get into″ the display case, Talbot said. The case was relocked after the items were removed.

Moore said the firearms were stolen Oct. 10, but he had no further details.

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POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Xenia Anastasiadou, the two-time defending NCAA Division II women’s singles tennis champion from Cal Poly-Pomona, died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, a school spokesman said.

Anastasiadou, 22, of Athens, Greece, died at 6:43 a.m. Sunday at San Dimas Community Hospital, where she was taken following the accident Saturday morning in Diamond Bar, said sports information director Ron Fremont.

A nursing supervisor refused to release any details.

Anastasiadou’s 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass was broadsided and split in two in an intersection, Fremont said. The other auto’s brakes failed, he added. The name of the other driver was not available.

Her body will be returned to Greece for burial. A memorial service is pending.

Anastasiadou, a senior, with a 6-1 record, was No. 1 in the Volvo Division II collegiate tennis rankings. She was last year’s California Collegiate Athletic Association MVP.