A crowd that police estimated at 25,000 turned out Saturday to honor new heavyweight boxing champion Buster Douglas in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. "I'd like to thank everybody for coming out today, showing us support and appreciation," Douglas said. "And, Columbus, make the best of it, baby!" Douglas' arrival at the city hall podium excited the spectators, and many crossed barriers. Police in cruisers and on horses pushed back the crowd. World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman, reportedly ready to resign because of the controversy surrounding the fight between Douglas and Mike Tyson, was hospitalized in Mexico City with an inflammation of the pancreas. David Griman of Venezuela retained his WBC junior bantamweight title when he stopped Ghana's Ebo Danquan in the eighth round at Tokyo.Bonds loses; Hatcher
wins; Snyder avoids
An arbitrator ruled in favor of Pittsburgh in a salary arbitration case with outfielder Barry Bonds, but Pirates outfielder Billy Hatcher won his case. Bonds will receive $850,000 in 1990, a raise of $490,000 over last season, arbitrator Raymond Goetz ruled. He had asked for $1.6-million. Hatcher was awarded $690,000; the Pirates had offered $525,000. Outfielder Cory Snyder agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Cleveland Indians, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for this week.
President of Falcons
involved in paternity suit
Atlanta Falcons president Rankin Smith Jr. gave a woman now suing him in a paternity case a $213,000 house three years ago, property records show. The suit says Smith, who has taken a leave of absence from the NFL team, does not deny being the father of a 3-year-old son and a 10-month-old daughter born to Mona Simmons Smith of Norcross, near Atlanta. The suit seeks support payments, legal fees, custody, and medical expenses. Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass was charged Friday with drunken driving while visiting Madison, Wisc., to watch his stepson play basketball with the University of Wisconsin.
Boca Raton bowler takes
title on eve of wedding
Brian Voss of Boca Raton led from the first ball to the last Saturday in Sunrise, beating Scott Devers of Richmond, Ind., 245-214 to capture the Professional Bowlers Association $160,000 Budweiser Classic. Voss is getting married today in his nearby hometown. "It was a perfect ending. So many things in my life have happened that way," Voss said.
The annual Major League Baseball Golf Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 25 at Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, has been canceled because of the impasse between baseball owners and players. Fourth-ranked Tennessee's women's basketball team beat Florida 75-42. Florida is 13-11 overall, 1-7 in the SEC. The University of Florida men's tennis team and visiting Mississippi State were tied at 4 when action was suspended by rain during the final match. Play had gone more than five hours. The University of Florida women's golf team leads with a score of 602 after two rounds of the Lady Gator Invitational, in Gainesville.
_ Compiled by Matt Lorenz.