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Early in the second round, a short hook turned Ellis's legs to rubber, and he reeled drunkenly around the ring. Yet he wouldn't quit. After a searching glance at referee Richard Steele, Foreman continued his assault. At the end of the round, Ellis lurched in several wrong directions in search of his corner. Shockingly, Ellis's cornermen sent him out for the third round. Midway through the third, after Foreman had landed 40 of his 49 punches, Steele decided that he had seen enough.
Still, the crowd of 6,284 filed out happily. As Greg Fine, a spokesman for the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, said, "He could have shadow-boxed, and they would have come."
The Doctor Is Out
The Reds' team physician quits to make a point
In resigning last week as the Cincinnati Reds' team physician, Michael Lawhon said, "I cannot continue to compromise my commitment to quality sports medicine care in light of the present management." Lawhon, an orthopedic specialist, criticized the Reds' front office for refusing to provide equipment necessary for the treatment and rehabilitation of players, continually second-guessing his judgments, releasing misleading reports about injuries and failing to coordinate medical and training programs for Cincinnati's minor league system. Lawhon also said that the club had ignored his repeated suggestions for a midwinter camp to better monitor the physical condition of the players.
Reds owner Marge Schott said Lawhon's charges "really upset me. I have and always will want the best care for my players." But several of the Reds came to Lawhon's defense. Said outfielder Herm Winningham, "Dr. Lawhon was great. With what he had, he did the best he could. He got caught in the middle sometimes." Eric Davis, the centerfielder who was traded from Cincinnati to the Los Angeles Dodgers three weeks ago, said, "I've seen and talked to more people this morning, doctors and trainers who expressed an interest in my health, than I did my whole last year at Cincinnati." Davis missed 73 games last season because of injuries and the aftereffects of the lacerated kidney he suffered in the fourth game of the 1990 World Series.
Several days after Lawhon's resignation, the Reds announced the hiring of their fourth team doctor since Schott became the owner in 1984. Meanwhile the Major League Players Association said that it would look into Lawhon's claims. Said the association's executive director, Donald Fehr, "Obviously, this suggests some pretty deep-seated problems."
The problems are not confined to Cincinnati. In fact, according to one Reds coach who has been around, "our equipment is about average compared to other clubs'. It's old, but it's functional." In this era of $5 million a year salaries, it is amazing that not every organization has state-of-the-art medical and training facilities. Not providing these high-priced players with the best possible care and conditioning seems penny-wise and pound-foolish.
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