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Edited by Hank Hersch
October 09, 1989
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October 09, 1989


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If either of the combatants is unnerved, it isn't Deep Thought. "Kasparov's manager did tell me he didn't want to be the first world champion to lose to a computer," says Lyman. "Whatever happens in this match—and I'd like to think the computer can draw blood—it only postpones the inevitable: the end of human hegemony in chess."


Can anyone beat Mike Tyson? Bert Sugar, editor-publisher of Boxing Illustrated magazine, says he knows of six fellows who could handle the heavyweight champ. Of course, five of them are dead, and the sixth is pushing 50.

In the November issue of his magazine, Sugar—frustrated, like so many other boxing fans, with the crop of challengers to Ninety Second Mike—contemplates how Tyson might have fared against 10 of the greatest heavyweight champs in history: Muhammad Ali, Max Baer, Ezzard Charles, Jack Dempsey, Joe Frazier, Jack Johnson, Sonny Liston, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Gene Tunney. "It's an old barroom argument," says Sugar, "and I started it with myself."

In his imaginary bouts, conducted under today's rules and with the past champions fighting at the same weight as Tyson ("Remember, it's my game," says Sugar), Sugar sees Tyson beating only Baer, Charles, Frazier and Marciano. He awards Ali and, surprisingly, Tunney 12-round decisions over Tyson, and gives Dempsey, Johnson, Liston and Louis knockout wins. Dempsey in particular benefits from Sugar's guidelines. The Manassa Mauler, who fought at about 190 pounds in his prime, uses his extra 30 pounds of imaginary muscle to KO Iron Mike in three rounds.

Sugar invited readers to make their own picks in the 10 matchups and has already received more than 500 letters. "Most started out, 'You dumb blank-blank,' " he says. Sugar is still waiting to hear from a noted boxing historian named Tyson.


This time of year football fever is usually sweeping Oklahoma, but last weekend the sound of bat on ball was all that could be heard in the town of Cameron (pop. 350), site of one of the state's regional baseball tournaments. Cameron High defeated Porum High 13-4 and Battiest High 3-0 to win its 58th and 59th straight games and advance to the state fall tournament. Senior Kevin Lomon, the Yellow-jackets" winning pitcher in both games, is on an impressive roll of his own. Since the spring of '88 his record is 53-0.

Early last week, Kevin's uncle Rodney Carter, a banker in nearby Poteau, reckoned that Kevin might have a chance to tie the national high school record of 53 consecutive pitching wins, set by Jon Peters of Brenham, Texas, last spring (SI, May 8 and June 5). Carter called the National Federation of State High School Associations in Kansas City, but the outcome was disappointing. In Oklahoma the majority of high schools that field baseball teams play in the spring, but unlike schools in most states, Oklahoma's have the option of competing in the fall as well. Because fewer Oklahoma schools play baseball in the fall and the sport's recognized championship is in the spring, the NFSHSA decided that only statistics from Cameron's spring season could count toward the record.

Because 29 of Kevin's 53 victories have come during fall seasons, Peters's mark remains safe for now. Anyway, says Kevin. "I'd rather have taken a loss and gone to state than got the record and not gone. Mostly, I try not to think about it."

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