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Tyson promises 'train wreck' for June fight in D.C.

| Wednesday, April 13, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Mike Tyson hunched in his chair and tapped his 9-year-old daughter's hand while she rested her head on Daddy's ample shoulder. Later, the heavyweight once called "the baddest man on the planet" cuddled his napping son.

"I feel like Mr. Mom," Tyson said, then stomped his foot and smiled at his own joke. Wearing a pinstriped suit, he could have been any family man, albeit one with a tattoo on his face.

Silent and expressionless for the first 15 minutes of Tuesday's news conference to announce his return to the ring, a scheduled June 11 bout at the MCI Center against journeyman Kevin McBride of Ireland, Tyson lit up and laughed when his foe's manager promised an upset.

And from that point forth, Tyson came close to being the Tyson everyone has come to expect: the curiosity that promoters hope can still sell tickets and pay-per-view buys even though he's 38 and lost two of his past three fights.

"I just hope these people of Washington, D.C., are prepared to handle this," Tyson said. "It's going to be a train wreck."

Basketball

Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets was fined $7,500 yesterday by the NBA for verbally abusing officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection against Golden State.

Football

Autopsy results on an Arena Football League player who died during a game have been delayed while brain tissue tests are conducted. Coroner's office spokesman Craig Harvey said yesterday that the cause of death will not be finalized until the tests are complete. The Los Angeles Avengers said lineman Al Lucas, who briefly was a member of the Steelers, died of a "presumed spinal cord injury."

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    Hockey

  • When NHL labor talks resume, a new plan will be up for discussion that attempts to blend elements from both sides' vision of how players will be paid. Negotiations will probably resume next week, during which a new, hybrid concept -- which addresses the relationship between player costs and league revenues -- will be brought to the table, a source close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity yesterday.

    Horse racing

    The owner of Sweet Catomine has fired the filly's trainer, days after she finished fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby. Owner Martin Wygod transferred five horses, including Sweet Catomine, from Julio Canani to trainer John Shirreffs this week. On Monday, Wygod was accused by the California Horse Racing Board of secretly transporting Sweet Catomine to a clinic five days before last Saturday's Santa Anita Derby.

    Soccer

    AC Milan goalkeeper Dida was hit by a flare thrown from the stands, and last night's European Champions League quarterfinal against crosstown rival Internazionale was halted with about 15 minutes to play. Milan won the match 1-0 and the two-game series 3-0.

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