Scratch Buster Douglas from the list of possible opponents for Mike Tyson's latest comeback bid.
Despite published reports to the contrary, Tyson's promoter said yesterday that Douglas would not be Tyson's opponent for his first fight since his release from a Montgomery County jail.
That leaves Tyson still searching for an opponent for the scheduled Oct. 2 fight, with the list of possible fighters now apparently down to 33-year-old Orlin Norris and 30-year-old Zeljko Mavrovic.
Promoter Dan Goossen said that Douglas, the first fighter to beat Tyson, was not in proper physical condition to get ready in time for the fight. Douglas reportedly weighs more than 300 pounds and would have been closely scrutinized by Nevada boxing officials before being allowed to fight in the state.
"Buster Douglas is not in fighting shape and will not be by October," Goossen said. "Mike is anxious to return to the ring and is looking to fight someone that will be physically and mentally ready to fight in October. At this point, Douglas does not fit that description."
Duval Bumps Woods
David Duval replaced Tiger Woods at the top of the weekly world rankings, even though neither played in the Buick Open. Duval reclaimed the No. 1 spot for the first time since June 29 because his points average rose from 13.92 to 14.20, and Woods's increased from 14.04 to 14.13.
The rankings are based on performances over the past two years and because Duval didn't play in the Buick Open last season and missed the cut two years ago he didn't have any points to lose. Woods finished fourth in last year's tournament and eighth in 1997. . . .
Leland Beckel of Bethesda shot a 67 in the first qualifying round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. The top 64 competitors after today's second round qualify for match play beginning Wednesday. Beckel is the only local player to have qualified for the tournament.
Track and Field
Sotomayor Looks Ahead
Javier Sotomayor, who tested positive for cocaine at the Pan American Games, still hopes to defend his high jump title at the world championships this month.
But track and field's world governing body said that it could ban Sotomayor from the Aug. 20-29 championships in Seville, Spain, if Cuban officials don't take any action by then.
While Sotomayor faces a possible two-year ban, no suspension has yet been imposed and his status for the world championships remains uncertain.
"I am thinking about going," he told Cuban reporters over the weekend.
Cup Appeals Begin
South Africa, England and Morocco made their pitches to FIFA in Zurich to host the 2006 World Cup. Each desperately trying to sway the outcome, the countries pleaded their cases to FIFA President Sepp Blatter and General Secretary Michel Zen Ruffinen. Presentations from Germany and Brazil were scheduled today. The final choice will be made next summer. South Africa is considered the favorite. . . . Tottenham Hotspur bounced back from conceding an early goal to beat Newcastle United, 3-1, in the English Premier League. . . .
Chicago defender Lubos Kubik, who had two goals and an assist in a 5-0 victory over Colorado Sunday, was named MLS player of the week.
Bonner, Others Banned
U.S. synchronized diver Tracy Bonner and two Chinese swimmers have been banned after failing drug tests. Bonner, who won the U.S. championships with partner Kathy Pesek, received a one-year ban after testing positive for dextroamphetamine.
Caps Sign Huscroft
The Capitals signed free agent defenseman Jamie Huscroft to a two-year, two-way contract, structured so that he will earn $400,000 while playing at the NHL level and $100,000 if he is playing in the minor leagues. Huscroft, 32, split time last season between the Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes, appearing in 37 games with two assists and 90 penalty minutes. . . .
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Tommy Salo is in line for a salary increase of more than 50 percent after an arbitrator awarded him a one-year, $1.6 million contract. The 28-year-old Swede was acquired in March from the New York Islanders and went 8-2-2 with a 2.31 goals-against average in 13 games with Edmonton.
Portland to Name Coach
Linda Hargrove, who coached in the ABL, will be named coach of the new WNBA franchise in Portland, Ore. Hargrove took over as coach of the Colorado Xplosion before the 1998 ABL season. The team went 5-8 before the financially struggling league shut down Dec. 21. . . .
Washington's Chamique Holdsclaw was named WNBA player of the week after leading the Mystics to four straight victories. She averaged 22 points, seven rebounds, nearly two blocks and 1.25 steals.
A Valdosta State student was struck by lightning and killed while pitching a hometown baseball game Sunday, as his college teammates celebrated a victory in the National Baseball Congress World Series. Ben Jackson, 22, was hit about 5 p.m. as he stood on the pitcher's mound at the Brookwood School in Thomasville, Ga., Thomas County Emergency Management Agency officials said. He died about an hour later at Archbold Hospital.
Lees Are Stars
Richard Lee and Vivian Lee, of Potomac, combined for seven table tennis gold medals at the Junior Olympics held in Cleveland.
The brother-sister duo led the Potomac Valley-Maryland Region contingent, which won 53 medals, the most at the competition for the ninth consecutive year. Richard Lee, 20, swept the under-22 boys events and Vivian Lee won all but one of the girls under-22 events.