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Foreman: King wants me to fight Tyson

George Foreman says boxing promoter Don King has offered him $15-million to fight former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson this fall. Foreman said King flew to Minneapolis to present him with a contract, then returned to Las Vegas where Tyson is preparing for his June 28 rematch against Razor Ruddock. John Solberg, a spokesman for King, said from Las Vegas on Saturday that he hadn't heard of the offer, "but it wouldn't surprise me." Solberg said the promoter was not available. Foreman, who was in Minneapolis Thursday for the high school graduation of his daughter, Michi Foreman, told columnist Charley Walters of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that King made the offer because King has been unable to make the right deal for Tyson to fight champion Evander Holyfield. "He figures if Holyfield and those guys don't straighten up, he's just going to forget them and make the George Foreman-Mike Tyson fight," he said. In other news, Mark Gastineau needed only 12 seconds to win his professional boxing debut when he to knocked out 242-pound Derrick Dukes in a heavyweight bout in Salem, Va.

The 34-year-old former New York Jets defensive end landed a crashing left hook to the chin that lifted Dukes (2-2) off the canvas and left him flat on his back with his feet in the air.

"If there is anything equal to a quarterback sack," said the 6-foot-5, 258-pound Gastineau, "this was the same or better."

Track and field: Brazilian Jose Barbosa ran the fastest 800 meters this outdoor season, while Mary Slaney continued her steady comeback on Saturday at the Harry Jerome Track Classic in Burnaby, British Columbia. Barbosa won in 1:45.65 seconds. A performance-based scale, used to award the total prize money of $25,000, was introduced for the first time in the international meet. Joseph Taiwo of Nigeria was the top money winner with $6,000 by capturing the triple jump in 55 feet, 5} inches. Slaney, 32, won the 1,500 meters in 4:06.58, just ahead of Canadian Angela Chalmers's 4:07.02.

College basketball: Former Texas A&M basketball coach Shelby Metcalf, who was fired in 1990, controlled a special cash fund during the 1980s that funneled thousands of dollars to players in violation of NCAA rules, two school administration sources and two former players have told the Austin American-Statesman. Metcalf denied the existence of such a fund. "I'm not saying something didn't happen," said Metcalf, who coached at A&M for 27 years, "but I think you have a gross exaggeration here."

Bowling: Gary Hancock and Paul Williams of Chattanooga, Tenn., totaled 3,789 pins over eight games Saturday night to lead 16 bowlers into the finals of today's PBA Southern Regional Doubles Championship at Largo Lanes. The finalists will bowl 16 games today beginning at 8 a.m., with the five-team stepladder finals slated for 3:00 p.m. The winners will split $5,000. Dean Billings and Todd Agee of Daytona Beach were second at 3,776. Three-time winners Larry Barwick (Wachula) and Tom Crites (Tampa) were in 11th place. John Handegard won three matches in the championship round to capture the Showboat PBA Senior Invitational on Saturday in Las Vegas. The 53-year-old Handegard won $13,000.

Gymnastics: Chris Waller of UCLA held on through the option routines to win the senior men's title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Cincinnati on Saturday. Waller outlasted teammate Chainey Umphrey and Nebraska's Patrick Kirksey to win by .14. Kurt Thomas, 35, attempting a comeback after 11 years, finished 22nd.

Hockey: A former owner of the Hartford Whalers has filed a $5.8-million lawsuit against the team's two major partners, saying he hadn't received his annual $1-million payment as part of a buyout agreement. The lawsuit, filed Friday by Donald Conrad, seeks $1,423,810 from managing general partner Richard H. Gordon and Gordon Family Limited Partnership, and $5,423,810 from Colonial Whalers Limited Partnership, which is owned by Colonial Realty Co, the Hartford Courant reported Saturday. NHL owners and players begin meetings Monday in Toronto for collective bargaining negotiations.

Et cetera: John Handegard won three matches in the championship round, including a 41-pin victory over John Hricsina in the finals, to win the Showboat PBA Senior Invitational on Saturday in Las Vegas. The 53-year-old Handegard, one of the few seniors who also bowls on the regular tour, won $13,000. Eduardo Chozas of Spain sprinted up a hill two miles from the finish line in Sestriere and hung on to win the 119-mile 13th stage of the Tour of Italy cycling race Saturday. Italy's Franco Chioccioli remained the overall leader, while Greg LeMond finished in 139th place. Pacific Lutheran posted a 22-20 football victory over Evangel College before 20,000 curious spectators in Canton, China. It was Lutheran's second victory in as many games on three-city tour being made by the two small-college teams. Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, beach volleyball's all-time winningest team, won the Cuervo Gold Crown in Boulder, Colo., and split a record $70,000.

_ Compiled by Pete Couture.

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