George Foreman has decided to relinquish his International Boxing Federation heavyweight championship and not give Germany's Axel Schulz a rematch, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move would leave Foreman, 46, who won the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles in November when he knocked out Michael Moorer, without a major title.
A factor in Foreman's decision to give up the title was the IBF's rankings.
"I was shocked when I couldn't find Michael Moorer, who less than a year ago gave me a chance to fight for the championship," Foreman said. "Nor did I find the man who I feel is the best heavyweight in the world today, Riddick Bowe, or the best keeper of the heavyweight championship in the last 20 years, Evander Holyfield."
MORE BOXING: Bowe has donated $3,000 to the family of a Filipino fan who died after being struck by lightning while fixing his TV antenna to watch Bowe defend his WBO heavyweight crown against Cuban Jorge Luis Gonzalez. Bowe also gave $2,000 to the Philippines boxing team in the name of Rodolfo Yap, who died after the accident earlier this month in Cotabato City. The IBF said it would strip Oscar de la Hoya of his lightweight championship if he does not fight No. 1 contender Miguel Julio by July 31.
TRACK AND FIELD: Britain's Tony Jarrett edged Roger Kingdom in the 110-high hurdles in a Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland. Frankie Fredericks of Namibia won the 100 meters in 10.10, .03 off the stadium record set by Carl Lewis in 1983. Injured 100-meters world-record holder Leroy Burrell said he would not run again this year in a bid to save his career.
BASEBALL: Kouta Soegima singled in the winning run in the sixth as Japan beat the United States 4-3 in San Antonio, Texas, evening the 24th Japan-USA Collegiate Series at 2.
SOCCER: The Tampa Bay Cyclones have rescheduled their game against the Florida Stars. The game is set for at 4:30 p.m Sunday at the Bollettieri Sports Academy in Bradenton. The game was set for Friday night.
BASKETBALL: Florida State will play DePaul in the first half of a doubleheader on Dec. 9 at the ThunderDome. The second game will feature George Washington against an opponent yet to be determined. Promoters are negotiating with South Florida for that slot. The first game will be televised regionally by ABC. Dino Radja and Arijan Komazec combined for 45 points as Croatia cruised to an 81-72 victory over France at the European Championship in Athens, Greece. Attendance at women's college games last season reached an all-time high, the NCAA said, just under 5-million, up 9 percent from 1993-94. Tennessee led the nation in home attendance, drawing an average of 8,032.
BOWLING: Dave Davis of West Palm Beach, still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right sliding leg, bowled a 299 and held the lead after two rounds of the ABC/PBA Senior Masters Tournament in Reno, Nev.
OLYMPICS: A record $600-million in commercial time has been sold for NBC's telecast of the Games in Atlanta, more than a year in advance of the event, the network said.
_ JOHN ROMANO, TIMES WIRES