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Two boys beat five in basketball

Playing with only two players for the last 70 seconds of overtime _ the seven others fouled out _ North Jackson High School rallied from a five-point deficit for a 69-67 victory over Fort Payne in a boys basketball game at Evenson, Ala., on Friday night. With North Jackson trailing 67-62 with 1:10 remaining in overtime, senior center Robert Collier and junior guard Chad Cobb were the only players left. Cobb began the comeback by hitting a three-pointer. After Fort Payne missed a shot and lost the ball out of bounds, Collier inbounded to Cobb, who was fouled and made both free throws to tie the score at 67. Fort Payne was called for traveling with 13 seconds left. After a timeout, Cobb eluded three defenders along the baseline and took the inbound pass. He dribbled the length of the floor and missed a shot, but Collier got the rebound and made a basket with six seconds remaining. Fort Payne brought the ball down and missed a shot at the buzzer. North Jackson assistant coach Victor Griggs said he told his players: "Fellas, you've given new meaning to the two-man game."

BOXING: The Rev. T.J. Jemison, the National Baptist Convention president seeking a suspended sentence for convicted rapist Mike Tyson, said two years ago that Tyson had offered $5-million to help the church group pay for its new headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. "I don't know if this ($5_million) will come to pass, but wouldn't it be wonderful if it did?" was quoted as saying at the time. Jemison now heads a group called the National Committee for Mercy for Mike Tyson, which is circulating petitions nationwide to urge Marion Superior Court judge Patricia J. Gifford to give Tyson a suspended sentence March 27. While Jemison continued the push for clemency, Indianapolis television station WTHR-TV, quoting unidentified sources, said the FBI is investigating allegations that representatives of the National Baptist Convention asked Tyson's accuser to drop the rape complaint before trial. Former USBA heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick fights Melvin Epps in the main event at Sarasota's Robarts Arena on Saturday. The seven-fight card, which begins at 8 p.m., also includes Allan Hunt of St. Petersburg. For information, call 1-954-7469 or 1-955-1515.

AMERICA'S CUP: New Zealand maintained its Round 2 lead in the America's Cup challenger series by downing its closest rival, second-place Il Moro di Venezia of Italy, by 1 minute, 16 seconds Wednesday in the waters off San Diego. New Zealand improved to 10-1 for a total of 22 points. Il Moro, 8-2, dropped to third with 17 points. Japan's Nippon (9-2, 18 points) beat winless Challenge Australia by 3:33.

TRACK AND FIELD: Experts cited irregularities in the steroid test that led Germany to impose four-year suspensions on world women's champion Katrin Krabbe and fellow sprinters Grit Breuer and Silke Moeller. Dutch drug-testing analyst Jac van Rossum said the German Athletics Federation's finding that the three athletes manipulated urine samples in South Africa last month could be overturned in court. Merlene Ottey of Jamaica came within .07 seconds of her world record in the 60-meter sprint at the International Columbus Games, at Genoa, Italy, winning in 7.03 seconds. George Kersh of the United States sprinted from behind in the last 300 meters to win the men's 800 meters in 1:45.90.

GOLF: Golfer Raymond Floyd flew home to Florida from a tournament in San Diego after fire nearly destroyed his family's $1.7-million home Indian Creek Village. No one was seriously injured in the blaze, which began around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

TENNIS: Pete Sampras overwhelmed David DiLucia 6-2, 6-1 and Dutchman Paul Haarhuis, seeded 14th, celebrated his 26th birthday beating fourth-seeded David Wheaton 6-3, 7-6 at the U.S. Pro Indoor Tournament, in Philadelphia. Top seed Zina Garrison advanced to the second round of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Oklahoma, routing Halle Cioffi 6-4, 6-1 to complete opening-round play as seven of eight seeded players remained.

ET CETERA: El Salvador beat the U.S. soccer team 2-0 Wednesday night before 45,000 spectators in San Salvador. Louisiana Tech's Jason Davis, the third-best rusher in college football last season, was sentenced to 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to battery on a police officer and two other charges in Ruston, La. Pete McCordic averaged 236 over 12 games to lead through two rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association's Fair Lanes Open, in Baltimore.

TENNIS: Francisco Clavet defeated fifth-seeded Derrick Rostagno 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) and Martin Laurendeau upset 12th-rated Horst Scoff of Austria 6-3, 6-4 at the U.S. Pro Indoor Tournament, in Philadelphia. John McEnroe missed a match point and was given a penalty point for tossing his racket before being ousted 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 by Karel Novacek Wednesday at the Eurocard Classics tennis tournament, in Stuttgart, Germany.

_ Compiled by Matt Lorenz.

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