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Lennox Lewis is getting the fight he wants. And Evander Holyfield says Lewis also will get something he's not looking for.

"Two things are going to happen," said Holyfield, who will fight WBC champion Lewis for the undisputed heavyweight title March 13 in Madison Square Garden. "I'm either going to knock him out good or I'm going to knock him out bad."

"The fans are getting a fight they want to see," said Lewis, the WBC champion from Britain. "I've been waiting for this fight for such a long time. It's basically overdue."

Holyfield, the WBA-IBF champion, said, however, "I never thought it wouldn't happen."

Promoter Don King and Seth Abraham, president and CEO of Time Warner Sports, said at a news conference Monday that it took a year to put together the match that will be distributed on pay-per-view by Time Warner's TVKO.

"I predict to you we will sell the Garden out and we will have 2 million (pay-per-view buys)," King crowed. A sellout would be about 19,000 seats.

Meanwhile, IBF welterweight Felix "Tito" Trinidad has signed a $42.9 million contract with King for at least three fights per year over four years, the boxer's father says.

The new contract comes less than a week after Trinidad lost a legal battle to sever ties with King.

In Paris, Laurent Boudouani retained the WBA super welterweight title by stopping an exhausted Terry Norris in the final seconds of the ninth round Monday night.

After a close start, the Frenchman began to dominate and, by the ninth, Norris was barely able to keep his feet after a succession of thundering right hand blows from the champion.

Moceanu scared of father, gets protective order

A month after winning legal independence from her parents, gymnast Dominique Moceanu obtained a protective order against her father Monday, accusing him of stalking her and threatening to harm her friends.

"I am terrified of my father," the 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist states in a court affidavit. "I believe that all of my father's actions are intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury or assault to me or my friends."

In the affidavit, Moceanu states that a Houston police sergeant informed her several weeks ago that her father was being investigated for attempting to hire someone to kill her coach and a male friend, Brian Huggins.

An attorney for Dumitru Moceanu confirmed Houston police had investigated her client but said he was not arrested and no charges were filed. There was no answer at Moceanu's home and a message left at his gym was not returned.

The protective order bars Dumitru Moceanu from communicating with his daughter except through her attorney, Ellen Yarrell. A violation could lead to his arrest.

A hearing has been set for Dec. 9 to determine whether the order will be made permanent.

Woods visits Mandela, opens tourney Thursday

Tiger Woods' first stop in South Africa on Monday was the home of President Nelson Mandela.

"It's a great honor not only to me but also to South Africa that we have been visited by such a prominent sportsman," Mandela said as the two posed for pictures at the president's residence.

The 22-year-old golf star, making his first visit to South Africa, left holding a copy of Mandela's biography, "Long Walk to Freedom."

Woods' appearance in the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City is of great interest in South Africa, where golf has a strong following.

The 12-player tournament runs from Thursday through Sunday and also includes Mark O'Meara, David Duval, Tom Watson, Lee Westwood and local favorite Ernie Els.

"The only reason I came down here was to win," Woods said.

Isiah says new leadership needed to end lockout

Isiah Thomas, who has been both an NBA owner and union president, thinks the players might need to replace Billy Hunter and Patrick Ewing at the bargaining table in order to get a deal done.

"Billy Hunter has that option, and it may be an option that he and Patrick decide they want to explore," Thomas said Monday as the lockout finished its fifth month. "You've got to protect the players, and you can't keep letting the players get hurt."

Saying he expects the season to be canceled because of the mistrust that has developed, Thomas said the players have three choices.

"They can not have a season, they can take a tough deal or they can get some new blood at the table. It's a question of which choice they will make," he said.

Bradshaw most wanted as motivational speaker

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named the sports personality companies want most to hire as a motivational speaker, although he isn't the most expensive, according to a poll.

Bradshaw, currently a football analyst for Fox Sports, charges $35,000 a speech, according to a survey conducted by Burns Sports Inc., a Chicago-based firm that hires athletes as endorsers for companies.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and former Oakland Raiders coach and current Fox Sports football announcer John Madden have billed as much as $60,000 for a motivational talk, company executives said, although neither sports personality made the survey's top 10.

Burns Sports' annual survey asks industry executives to choose the sports celebrity they'd want most to inspire their employees. Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz won the poll last year and finished second this year.

Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino finished third, followed by ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale and former Chicago Bulls star Bob Love.

Sweden's Jaerbyn takes super-G in Aspen

Swedish World Cup veteran Patrik Jaerbyn, surprised three days earlier by a tricky turn in a race on Aspen Mountain, handled the course with no problems Monday to win a super-G against a field packed with European skiers by three-hundredths of a second.

Jaerbyn covered the 40-gate course on the first day of two U.S. Ski Team Visa Super Series races in 1 minute, 15.77 seconds. Peter Runggaldier, the 1995 World Cup super-G champion from Italy, was second in 1:15.80.


The University at Buffalo goes for its third win in five games tonight, against Manhattan College in Riverdale (7:30, Radio 1520). The Bulls have been off since their 49-48 victory over Canisius last Tuesday.

Manhattan opened its season last Sunday with a 70-59 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson. The Jaspers are coming off a 12-17 season and a seventh-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Sophomore guard Alvin Anderson, a MAAC all-rookie selection, is one of only two returning starters and the top returning scorer (9.6 points per game).


COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Connecticut at Washington, 7:30 p.m., ESPN; Indiana at Notre Dame, 8 p.m., Empire; Kansas vs. Kentucky, 9:30 p.m., ESPN.

NHL: Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UB at Manhattan, 7:30 p.m., 1520; Quinnipiac at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m., 1330.

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