George Foreman leads the International Boxing Hall of Fame's 2003 induction class.

Foreman capped a remarkable comeback to become boxing's oldest heavyweight champion. Joining Foreman for enshrinement on June 8 will be 15 other boxers, officials and ring personalities, including Mike McCallum, a champion in three divisions; Oscar-winning writer Budd Schulberg; and the late promoter Dan Duva, who joins his father, Lou, a 1998 inductee.

The announcement was made yesterday.

"What a happy moment for me," said Foreman, who along with McCallum was elected in his first year of eligibility following five years away from the ring.

Foreman won the Olympic gold medal in 1968 and then won his first 37 professional fights, 34 by knockout. He knocked out Joe Frazier on Jan. 22, 1973, to capture the championship, defended the title twice and then lost the crown to Muhammad Ali on Oct. 30, 1974.

Foreman continued boxing until March 17, 1977, when he lost a 12-round decision to Jimmy Young. After a 10-year absence, Foreman made an unlikely comeback, eventually winning the WBA and IBF titles at age 45 with a 10th-round knockout of Michael Moorer in 1994.


All-Star Incentive

Commissioner Bud Selig will probably brief owners next week on his plan to have the league that wins the all-star game gain home-field advantage in the World Series.

Selig had said at the November owners' meeting that he intends to reinvigorate the all-star game, which last summer ended in a much mocked, 7-7 tie after 11 innings in Milwaukee. Both the AL and NL ran out of pitchers, with managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly using players for short stretches to get everybody in.

Home-field advantage in the best-of-seven World Series has rotated each year. Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said this week that Selig's plan to have the team from the all-star-winning league be host for Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 doesn't require a vote by owners. Baseball and Fox also are considering whether to have the start of the World Series pushed back from a Saturday to a Tuesday, perhaps as soon as this year. . . .

San Francisco Giants pitcher Livan Hernandez denied that he pushed an elderly warehouse owner or swung golf clubs at him, saying that he was the victim in a scuffle that resulted in his arrest.

Hernandez posted $10,000 bond and was released from Miami-Dade County Jail late Wednesday after he was charged with felony aggravated assault and battery on the elderly.

Police said Hernandez pushed Francisco Martinez, 65, to the ground during an argument outside a warehouse he rents from the man. The dispute escalated and police said Hernandez grabbed some golf clubs from the trunk of his car and tried to hit Martinez.

"He was looking for problems with me. He came after me," Hernandez, a Cuban defector, said in Spanish during a news conference.


Major Signings

North Carolina defender David Stokes (Hylton High) and Wake Forest forward Brian Carroll (West Springfield) have signed with Major League Soccer and will be available in next week's draft. Stokes and Carroll, both juniors, were among 15 finalists for college player of the year this past season.


Rafter Retires

Patrick Rafter, formerly the world's top-ranked player in men's tennis, announced his retirement at age 30, ending 12 months of indecision during an extended break from the sport.