Mike Tyson arrived in England yesterday with yet another fight on his hands--from a women's group that wants him barred from the country.
The former heavyweight champion is to face Julius Francis on Jan. 29 in Manchester. On Thursday, the government said Tyson could enter England despite his 1992 rape conviction.
As Tyson's flight aboard the Concorde landed at Heathrow Airport, anti-rape campaigners said they were ready to ask the High Court to review the government's decision with hopes of stopping the fight.
Justice for Women, a group that campaigns against domestic violence and sexual assault, will argue that Home Secretary Jack Straw exceeded his powers in overriding immigration rules. Anyone convicted of a crime that would carry a 12-month jail sentence in Britain is deemed unfit to enter the country unless he or she can show "compassionate reasons."
Tyson is reported to be receiving $8 million to $11 million for the fight. Francis, a journeyman, will pick up his biggest payday of $560,000. . . .
Roy Jones Jr. won every round on all three judges' cards Saturday night in outpointing David Telesco and retaining the WBC, WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles on the first fight card in the 68-year history of Radio City Music Hall.
As for who is next for the stylish Jones, he said, "Whoever shows up." Apparently his next 175-pound title fight will be a WBC mandatory defense against Graciano Rocchigiani.
Familiar Tune for Brooks
Garth Brooks wants to go to spring training, just like he did with the San Diego Padres last year.
The Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees have been mentioned as possibilities by Brooks, 37. He said his foundation benefiting children's charities raised $1.8 million in its first year, thanks to donations from 67 baseball players, including Kevin Brown, Tony Gwynn, Robin Ventura, Larry Walker and Andy Ashby.
Juventus Takes Charge
Juventus is the new leader in the Italian League. Alessandro Del Piero made a penalty kick in the 26th minute to lead Juventus to a 3-0 victory over Perugia yesterday. Lazio played to a scoreless tie at Reggina and dropped a point back in Serie A.
Francesco Totti scored twice as Roma beat Verona, 3-1, and moved into a third-place tie with AC Parma.
In England, Newcastle routed Southampton, 5-0, behind two goals from Duncan Ferguson.
On Saturday, Thierry Henry and Davor Suker scored two goals apiece for Arsenal, which beat Sunderland, 4-1, to move a point behind league-leading Leeds and draw even with defending champion Manchester United.
Leeds, which has the weekend off along with Manchester United, has 44 points to 43 for United and Arsenal. Manchester United has played three fewer games than Arsenal and two fewer than Leeds.
In Spain, FC Barcelona played to a 0-0 tie yesterday at Zaragoza.
Another Win for Ndungu
Stephen Ndungu of Kenya became the first man to win three consecutive titles in the 28-year-old Houston Marathon. Returning women's champion Tetyana Pozdnyakova of Ukraine also became a three-time winner, clocking 2 hours 32 minutes 25 seconds. Ndungu ran the 26.2 miles in 2:11:28.