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Foreman's final foe: Moorer

Promoter Bob Arum said George Foreman plans a farewell bout against Michael Moorer by early next year and will give up his International Boxing Federation title rather than fight Axel Schulz of Germany.

The IBF has mandated a rematch against Schulz, who lost a controversial decision to Foreman April 22 in Las Vegas, and could strip Foreman of the crown if he fails to arrange one by Monday.

"Nobody cares," Arum said. "George is giving his title up, but in the public's mind he is still world champion."

IBF president Robert Lee said Foreman had not notified the federation of his decision.

Foreman, now 46, became the oldest heavyweight champion when he won the World Boxing Association and IBF belts by knocking out Moorer in November. The WBA took away its title when Foreman refused to defend against its top contender, Tony Tucker.

COLLEGES: For the first time since Proposition 48 established stricter academic standards, graduation rates declined in Division I men's basketball, from 46 percent for players who entered in 1987 to 42 for those who entered the next year. The rate dropped from 57 percent to 50 among white players and 39 to 37 among black players. The first two classes affected by Prop 48 showed slightly improved graduation rates for almost all groups of athletes, and the upward trend continued among Division I-A football players (from 55 percent to 56) and female athletes.

SOCCER: USA dropped former Rowdies forward Roy Wegerle and midfielder Chris Henderson, replacing them with goalkeeper Juergen Sommer and forward Joe-Max Moore for America Cup games July 8-14 against Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Florida is joining Oklahoma, Baylor and Louisiana Tech in the All-College men's tournament Dec. 29-30 in Oklahoma City. George Washington University withdrew a scholarship offer to New York City star Richie Parker, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl.

ET CETERA: Russia fired hockey coach Boris Mikhailov and replaced him with Vladimir Vasilyev. The women's teams of Canada and Cuba clinched Olympic berths by winning Tournament of the Americas semifinals Wednesday in Hamilton, Ontario.

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