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Hide, Morrison meet for WBO championship

Herbie Hide defends his World Boxing Organization heavyweight title in a showdown today against Tommy Morrison in Hong Kong.

Hide, unbeaten in 26 fights, is favored to retain the title he won by knocking out Michael Bentt in the seventh round in March.

Thirteen of Hide's 25 knockouts have come in the first or second rounds.

Morrison (41-2-1) won the WBO title by beating George Foreman on June 7, 1993, but lost it four months later to Bentt.

"The motivation was not there against Bentt," he said, adding that the fight against Hide "is the most important of my career."

Other title fights on the card: Steve Collins, the WBO middleweight champion, against Lonny Beasely, and IBF lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas against Billy Schwer.

COLLEGE SOCCER: Clemson players have discussed a possible walkout with athletic department officials, but have decided to play the rest of the season under embattled coach I.M. Ibrahim. A letter sent to South Carolina news organizations Thursday night cited "negative experiences" and "several unsettling situations" involving the 28-year coach. Ibrahim was suspended for four games earlier this month after a fight with assistant coach Dwayne Shaffer.

VOLLEYBALL: The U.S. women's team opened its bid for a title at the World Championships with a 15-2, 15-7, 15-4 win over Kenya in Sao Paulo. No. 9 Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) topped LSU 17-15, 14-16, 15-8, 7-15, 15-9. The Americans play the Czech Republic today.

COLLEGE TENNIS: The Florida men's team won four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches from Florida International at the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee.

HORSE RACING: Flawlessly, a daughter of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, has been retired. The 6-year-old mare retired with 18 victories in 28 career starts. She earned $2,572,538 and ranked eighth all-time among female earners.

_ TIMES WIRES

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