As Veeck said, "If the Cubans wanted to hustle a sports buck they have a heavy-weight fighter (Teofilo Stevenson) who could get $5 million for a bout with (Muhammed) Ali." You have to wonder whether Ali at his age would want his side of the purse badly enough to risk that, anyway; meanwhile, Mike Burke, Garden president, say, "Madison Square Garden has an ironclad contract with Muhammad Ali to fight Earnie Shavers." And Top Rank, Inc., has Shavers under contract to fight Ali. And Burke says, "We also have a telegram dated May 17 from Shavers agreeing to fight Ali for us Sept. 20."
For the none, Ali can look back at the inspiration he provided for Houston McTaer, his protege, to win the 100-meter dash in the holiday Muhammad Ali Invitational track meet at Cerritos, Calif., in 10.14. The sprinter is still grateful for the champ buying the McTears a home in Florida last year. Ali warmed up for his parade down the aisle at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel June 19 when he makes Veronica Porche his bride by huffing to sixth place in a celebrity 100-yard dash, clocking 14.1. The winner, in 12.4: Chip McAllister, who portrayed the young Cassius Clay in Ali's movie "The Greatest," Washington's own Marvin Gaye, the singer, was third, ahead of LeVar Burton, the young Kunta Kinte of "Roots" . . .
Hours before the funeral for junior-lightweight contender Tyrone Everett in Philadelphia, where he was shot to death last week, his girl friend surrendered on a murder warrant. Police said Carol n McKendrick, 24, would be arraigned on charges of homicide, weapons possession and heroin possession. She insists she is innocent, her attorney said . . . In Newcastle, New Brunswick, former Canadian and British Empire light-heavyweight champion Yvon Durells, who had a couple of memorable bouts with world champ Archie Moore, is out on $10,000 bail pending preliminary hearing June 15 on a charge of second-degree murder. Durelle, 47, was instructed to refrain from drinking alcohol and not to frequent the Fishermen's Club at Bale Ste. Anne, his native town where Alibin Poirier, 32, was shot fatally . . .$001500000235