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Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy
October 23, 1995
Boxing Brutality Never Stops
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October 23, 1995


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Nonrevenue sports. Stanford earns NCAA all-sports trophy with swimming and diving, water polo, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball titles.


Army. Nearly shakes down Irish thunder in eye-opening 28-27 loss. And how 'bout that Colin Powell?


Literature. Ranger Mike Richter says reading makes him better goalie. Only Puck in the library is Shakespeare's.


Play-by-play. Verne Lundquist saves boothmate buddy Pat Haden with the Heimlich maneuver.


Michigan State. Ex-football coach George Perles's suit over last year's firing goes public; then he drops it.


Strawberry's alarm clock. Darryl, under house arrest, visits upscale club. Straw stirs drink, but only ginger ale.


Groundskeeping. Russian tennis federation fined $25,000 by ITF for overwatering court in Davis Cup.


Legacy of the Fridge. Florida lineman Elijah Brown goes 30 pounds over 298 weight limit; eats way off squad.


}NHL image. Toronto's talentless tough Tie Domi K.O.'s Ranger goon Ulf Samuelsson with sucker punch.


Jackie Sherrill. South Carolina 65, Mississippi State 39. And read our poll (next page).


Boxing Brutality Never Stops

Lest anyone think that Gabriel Ruelas's fatal in-the-ring beating of Jimmy García (page 98) was a rarity, last week brought two reminders of boxing's essential brutality. Scottish bantamweight James Murray died on Sunday, two days after sustaining a severe brain injury in a bout with Drew Docherty in Glasgow. Later that day Filipino flyweight Restituto Espinelli died from a brain hemorrhage sustained during a fight against Marlon Carillo near Manila.

That brings to four the number of boxers beaten to death since the beginning of the year. Such incidents inevitably prompt calls to ban or, at least, better regulate the sport—but little or no action is taken. It's too late for García and Murray and Espinelli. But not for reform that might help avert future tragedies.

Tribal Tune

It was no surprise last week when a Seattle radio station began blaring Seattle Mariners Are on a Roll, a song sung to the tune of Bob Seger's rollicking Old Time Rock & Roll. In Cleveland, however, rarer strains are resounding on the shores of Lake Erie. Classical music station WCLV commissioned a baroque orchestra to record Come All Ye Baseball Fans, a symphonic salute to the Indians that borrows the melody of Sound the Trumpet by 17th-century British composer Henry Purcell.

Accompanied by cello, harpsichord and violin, a five-voice choir hails batters as "Cleveland's heroes," pitchers as "masters of the mound" and adds in majestic unison, "Buy me some peanuts/Forever we'll stay."

It may not be what Purcell had in mind when he composed the fugue for James II's birthday some 300 years ago, but it does help make the Indians a team for the ages.

Big Problem, Small Victory

The news that Los Angeles-based sports agent Robert Troy Caron last week agreed to pay USC $50,000 to settle the school's lawsuit against him is a step, albeit a small one, toward controlling one of the ugliest and most widespread problems in college athletics. The NCAA has estimated that more than 70% of major-college football and basketball players are contacted by agents while the athletes are in school. One settled lawsuit isn't going to deter agents from going after college athletes, but it's a start, as even one agent agrees.

"If you hit 'em in the pocketbook," says Steve Zucker, a Chicago-area agent whose clients include a number of NFL players, "maybe it will help curtail it. That's the best thing I've seen done yet."

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