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HOLYFIELD, EIGHT OTHERS TO ENTER HALL

CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Evander Holyfield, boxing's only four-time world heavyweight champion, was selected Tuesday along with eight others for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

"I'm excited," Holyfield said. "It shows my work didn't go unnoticed, things that I accomplished. It's good to know that everybody else was watching. That's a great thing."

Others inducted on June 11: three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico; super flyweight champion Johnny Tapia; Australian trainer Johnny Lewis; judge Jerry Roth; journalist-broadcaster Steve Farhood; broadcaster Barry Tompkins; and posthumous honorees Eddie Booker and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr.

SOCCER

Arsenal romps to win its group

Arsenal beat host Basel 4-1 to finish top of its Champions League group, powered by a hat trick from little-used F Lucas Perez. Lionel Messi opened the scoring in host Barcelona's 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach but fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo's goal record in the group stage. And Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica, but both teams qualified for the knockout stage after Besiktas fell 6-0 at Dynamo Kiev.

MLS: David Villa, the Spanish striker who scored 23 goals this season to lead New York City FC to its first playoff berth, was named MVP.

OLYMPICS

Investigator into doping resigns

Guy Canivet, the former French judge heading an IOC investigation into Russian doping, stepped down three days before the release of a new report into systematic cheating at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

NEW SPORTS: Cheerleading and Thai kickboxing received provisional recognition from the IOC executive board, a first step on the road to becoming future Olympic sports.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Oriol Servia will race in the Indianapolis 500 for IndyCar's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with the possibility of adding more races during the season.

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic said he and coach Boris Becker are splitting up after three seasons together.

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