Pummeled by 37-year-old journeyman Larry Donald (4232), former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, 42. Fighting on the undercard last Saturday at Madison Square Garden--where his pro career began 20 years ago--Holyfield (3882) lost a unanimous decision, his fifth defeat in his last eight fights, landing just 78 punches to Donald's 260. The bout was far more one-sided than the two heavyweight title fights on the card: Chris Byrd kept his IBF belt with a split decision over Jameel McCline, and John Ruiz retained his WBA title with a controversial unanimous decision over Andrew Golota. The beating Holyfield endured got him placed on indefinite suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission (for "poor performance"), but it wasn't enough to persuade him to hang up his gloves. "I've never given up on anything," Holyfield said after the fight. "I still feel that I can rise to the occasion, so why not continue to pursue the dream?"
Debuted on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Liz Johnson, the first woman to bowl in a PBA event since the league started in 1958. Johnson, 30, qualified for a spot in last week's Uniroyal Tire Classic in Wickliffe, Ohio, where she was eliminated 4-2 by top seed Brad Angelo in the first round. "I've played against Brad many times [at local events] in the Buffalo area, so I didn't feel nervous," says Johnson, who is from Niagara Falls, N.Y. "Brad knows that just because I'm a female, I wasn't going to back down." Johnson--who won 11 national titles in her eight seasons competing on the now-defunct Professional Women's Bowling Association--started slowly but settled into a groove, opening the fifth game with nine straight strikes. "If I'm at the top of my game, I can compete with anybody," she says. "Hopefully, this is the beginning of a lot more to come for me."
Repealed by NASCAR, its prohibition of hard-liquor advertising on cars. For years breweries and malt-liquor producers have had high-profile NASCAR connections--Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car is sponsored by Budweiser, and Smirnoff Ice is an associate sponsor of Matt Kenseth's team--but since 1972 the circuit has banned ads from companies that make distilled spirits. When NASCAR announced its new policy, Crown Royal whiskey immediately announced it will sponsor one of Roush Racing's teams next season, and NASCAR said it will require distilleries to use 20% of their ad budgets to promote responsible drinking. Said John Moulden, president of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving, "They appear to be trying to do it right."
Failed by reigning women's Ironman Triathlon world champion Nina Kraft, a test for the banned endurance enhancer EPO. Kraft, 36, tested positive after becoming the first German woman to win the world's top triathlon last month. She faces at least a two-year ban from competition. "I never really rejoiced over the victory in Hawaii," she said. "I was ashamed the entire time. I cheated."
November 22, 2004
Banned for life, by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, sprinter Jerome Young, a member of the 4√ó400-meter relay team that won gold at the 2000 Olympics. In July, Young, who flunked a test for the steroid nandrolone in 1999, tested positive for EPO at a meet in Paris. The U.S. Olympic Committee is appealing a recommendation by the International Association of Athletics Federations that the U.S. relay team be stripped of its 2000 medal because of Young's misdeeds. If the IAAF's decision is upheld, it would be the first time the U.S. has had a gold medal taken away since 1972.
Diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, former figure skater Scott Hamilton. (Hamilton, who was released from the Cleveland Clinic last week, will decide on his treatment this week.) It's the second health scare for Hamilton, 46. In 1997 the four-time world champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist underwent surgery and chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer.