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American boxer's triumph
adds glitter to golds

As far as Antonio Tarver was concerned, he won his boxing gold five days ago by beating Cuba's Diosvany Vega. He made it official on Sunday, and in the process gave the United States a record gold medal haul in the Pan Am Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Tarver wrapped up a record performance for U.S. athletes by stopping an outclassed Ecuadorian in the second round. That gave the United States its second boxing gold medal and 169th gold of the games.

The gold medal total, which surpassed the record 168 set by the United States in 1987 at Indianapolis, was the final mark by the U.S. team, which also topped previous marks for silver, bronze and total medals. The medals chart showed the Americans atop with 169 gold, 146 silver and 109 bronze for 424; the previous overall mark was 369, also at Indianapolis.

The gold medal mark was tied when Karen Smyers of Lincoln, Mass., won the women's triathlon.

The final triumph at these games belonged to Tarver, who didn't make a big deal of it.

"When I defeated the Cuban, that was the day for me," said Tarver, a light heavyweight who was the only U.S. boxer to beat a Cuban in these games.

Royals use big innings
to put away Bisons

The Omaha Royals struck for three multiple-run innings and routed the Buffalo Bisons, 10-2, in a spring training game in Baseball City, Fla.

Omaha outfielder Michael Tucker had a three-run homer in the Royals' big inning, a four-run fifth.

For the Bisons, Mike Humphreys doubled, homered and scored two runs, while Billy Ripken went 2 for 4.

Amerks clinch playoff spot
by defeating River Rats

Viktor Gordiouk's power-play goal with 7:31 remaining capped Rochester's third-period rally and Jody Gage scored two goals -- including the 500th of his AHL career -- as the Americans clinched a playoff berth by defeating the Albany River Rats, 5-4.

Gage became just the third AHL player to reach 500 goals when he slipped the puck between the pads of goalie Mike Dunham at 6:41 of the first period. Only Willie Marshall (523) and Fred Glover (520) have scored more AHL goals.

White Sox suspend
Dibble over conduct

Reliever Rob Dibble was suspended from the Chicago White Sox for inappropriate conduct. No details were given, and general manager Ron Schueler said he won't reinstate Dibble until he talks to the player's agent. The Chicago Tribune however, reports that the conduct involves criticism of the White Sox replacements.

Dibble, whom the White Sox signed to a minor league contract this year, pitched with Cincinnati last year and is a two-time National League all-star. He has not appeared in replacement games.

Asked Friday about replacements, Dibble said they were "going to be labeled like child molesters are the rest of their lives. You're never going to get rid of that label." He also referred to replacement ball as a "beer league."

In other baseball news, major league veteran Craig McMurtry will be the opening day pitcher when the replacement Houston Astros start the season next week against San Francisco.

The right-hander, who last pitched in the majors in 1990 for Texas, was the National League rookie pitcher of the year with Atlanta in 1983.

Schlereth back on feet
with Broncos contract

Offensive Guard Mark Schlereth, who has undergone nine knee operations, has signed a free-agent contract with Denver.

Schlereth, who has played for Washington since being drafted in 1989, will earn a reported $2.4 million over three years. That includes a $600,000 signing bonus.

Schlereth made the Pro Bowl in 1991 but recently flunked physicals with Chicago and Atlanta. The Broncos gave him a physical Friday and apparently were satisfied.

Reports say King
snubbed by Tyson

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly excluded boxing promoter Don King from his close circle of friends, two New York newspapers reported.

And a third newspaper said British and French journalists are reporting that Tyson has married Monica Turner, his 28-year-old girlfriend who is studying medicine at Georgetown University.

New York Newsday said one report had Tyson getting married in prison, possibly when Turner visited him Friday.

But the newspaper quoted Muhammed Siddeeq, Tyson's Muslim instructor in prison, as saying Tyson "wouldn't take something as dignified as marriage and subject (Turner) to that in prison, especially just before he was free."

Tyson returned to his 60-acre estate in Southington, Ohio, on Saturday after serving three years in an Indiana prison for rape. King, who met Tyson at the prison and arranged for a private plane to carry the entourage to Southington, reportedly had set up a welcome home party.

The Daily News and New York Post both reported that King, whose home is just a short drive from Tyson's, was sent packing by Tyson.

Stars & Stripes goes out
because of keel damage

The America's Cup demolition derby caught up with Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes when the racing sloop took on water due to apparent keel damage and was forced out of its semifinal race with Young America.

Preliminary reports were that the damage was in the area of the keel box, where the keel is bolted to the hull.

Repair time would depend on the severity of the damage, as these carbon-fiber racers require a curing period whenever repairs are made.

Conner, who has won the America's Cup three times and lost it once, is battling America3's Mighty Mary for the final spot in the Citizen Cup defender finals. Stars & Stripes has a layday today.

Around & About

Joe Smith of Maryland won the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year award. UCLA's Jim Harrick was chosen Coach of the Year in a poll of sportscasters, sportswriters and coaches by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Smith, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, averaged 20.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game while helping Maryland to a 24-7 regular season record. Harrick led the Bruins to a 25-2 record and a trip to the Final Four. . . . Sandpit, the 3-10 favorite, took the lead at the top of the stretch and went on to a 1 1/4 -length victory over River Rhythm in the $267,500 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita (Calif). Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Sandpit covered 1 1/2 miles on Santa Anita's turf course in 2:27 and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. . . . Heidi Voelker of won the women's giant slalom at the $100,000 Subaru U.S. Alpine Championships in her home town. Jennifer Collins of Allegany finished ninth.

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