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Holyfield tries to stop sale of memorabilia

LOS ANGELES — Evander Holyfield sued to stop an auction of his memorabilia. He seeks to block the sale of 20 out of about 450 items Julien's Auctions plans to sell Nov. 30.

CEO Darren Julien said his company worked for several months to organize the memorabilia. He added it had approval from Holyfield to list the items and advanced him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Among the items Holyfield, 50, wants to keep, according to the suit, are an Olympic bronze medal, gloves he wore to fight Mike Tyson in 1996, robes he wore during the Olympics and a father of the year award.

Holding back those items would "not suffer anything other than a dip in income," the suit says. "If, on the other hand, Holyfield is forced to sell those few items of personal property that have the very most sentimental value to him as he looks back over his career, and which he wants to pass down to future generations of his family, the hardship is overwhelming and irreparable."


Murray falters, falls to qualifier

Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz, ranked 69th, saved one match point in the second set, then upset No. 3 Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to reach the quarters of the Paris Masters. "I beat the Olympic champion, the U.S. Open champion," Janowicz said. "I have a feeling like in a few minutes I'm going to wake up and everything is going to be gone." Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic also won, securing the final berths of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

Tournament of Champions: Roberta Vinci beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1, 6-2, to reach the semifinals of the round-robin event in Sofia, Bulgaria. Maria Kirilenko pulled out with an upper respiratory illness, giving Nadia Petrova and Tsvetana Pironkova berths. Caroline Wozniacki clinched on Wednesday. Matchups will be set today.

Et cetera

Cycling: The International Olympic Committee opened an investigation into Lance Armstrong's role in the doping scandal that wiped out his seven Tour de France titles. He could be stripped of the bronze medal he won in the road time trial in 2000.

Running: The course for Sunday's New York marathon will be the same as past years after organizers found little damage along the route from Hurricane Sandy.

Soccer: Citing a string of injuries this year, U.S. star Landon Donovan said he isn't sure if he wants to play in the 2014 World Cup. Donovan has played in the past three: "If I'm not enjoying playing any more, the World Cup is the last thing on my mind."

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