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Holmes wants another crack at heavyweight title

Larry Holmes is getting in the ring again. Holmes, 44, takes on 30-year-old Garing "Freight Train" Lane in a 10-round bout tonight at Foxwoods High Stakes Bingo & Casino's Fox Theatre in Ledyard, Conn. Holmes doesn't exactly need the money. He has fought for $80-million in purses since 1973 and was the heavyweight champion from 1978-1985. Now ranked eighth by the World Boxing Council, he harbors hopes of one more crack at the title. "One of the things that keeps me in the game of boxing _ they can't fight," Holmes told the Hartford Courant. "These guys eight, nine, 10 years younger than me can't carry my jockstrap. Why should I quit?" Holmes (59-4, 40 knockouts) will earn $210,000 from his fight with Lane (11-10-1, five knockouts).

COLLEGES: Maine said it would go to court to get its defending national championship hockey team into the Hockey East tournament this week. Hockey East voted last week to bar the Black Bears from the post-season tournament because a Maine player, Patrice Tardif, was found to have been academically ineligible for much of the 1993-1994 season. In a 5{-hour match, the Florida State women's tennis team overcame 20th-ranked Wake Forest 5-4 in Tallahassee. FSU entered the match with a 2-0 deficit after forfeiting the No.

6 singles and No.

3 doubles matches because of injuries. FSU won four singles matches and a doubles match.

AUTO RACING: Bobby Hillin Jr. resigned as the driver for the NASCAR Winston Cup team owned by Junie Donlavey after a disappointing 1993 season and a poor start this year. Hillin said he had a difference in philosophy with Donlavey.

YACHTING: Intrum Justitia extended its lead on the fourth leg of the Whitbread Round the World race, moving 18 nautical miles ahead of New Zealand Endeavour. Nine of the 14 yachts had rounded Cape Horn by Monday afternoon.

TENNIS: Christian Bergstrom upset defending champion Karel Novacek 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 on the opening day of the ATP Zaragoza Open in Spain. In another upset, No. 5 seed Henrik Holm lost to Kenneth Carlsen 7-5, 6-4. Juan Luis Rascon, who received a special invitation to the tournament, defeated Omar Camporese 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).

ET CETERA: Miler Marcus O'Sullivan of Ireland and sprinter-hurdler Michelle Freeman of Jamaica, the men's and women's overall champions in the 1994 Mobil Grand Prix track and field circuit, each will collect $45,000. The Modesto Invitational track meet's 52-year run ended after its major sponsor cut off financial support last week. U.S. forward Joe-Max Moore will be sidelined four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. The injury should be healed by the time the U.S. World Cup team is selected in June. Defending champion Jeff King was the first musher to reach the checkpoint at Rainy Pass Lodge on the second day of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Lou Nanne, former general manager and player for the Minnesota North Stars, has been named GM of the 1994 U.S. national hockey team that will compete in the World Championships.

_ Compiled from Times wires