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Accident hospitalizes Tyson

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson suffered broken ribs Wednesday in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 84 in Manchester, Conn., and was expected to be hospitalized about two days, a hospital spokesman said.

Tyson was in stable condition, Hartford Hospital spokesman James Battaglio said.

"He's got some fractured ribs on the right side and any other injuries are still being evaluated," Battaglio said.

Tyson's motorcycle, reportedly traveling 20 mph, skidded about 5 p.m. when it hit some sand as it exited the highway. He was wearing a helmet. Battaglio said Tyson was driven to the hospital by a private car about 9 p.m. after first going home.

MORE BOXING: Light heavyweight and former Olympican Antonio Tarver knocked out Benito Fernandez in Philadelphia.

SOCCER: He's said it before, but will he say it again? Diego Maradona, beset by new rumors of a positive doping test, said he has decided to retire.

He reportedly tested positive after a game Sunday. The playoffs for the last four European spots in the World Cup began as Italy tied Russia at 1, and Yugoslavia routed Hungary 7-1. Leandro Stillitano was named GM of the Miami Fusion of MLS. The Dallas Burn won a 5-3 shootout in overtime to beat D.C. United 1-0 and claim the U.S. Open Cup in Indianapolis.

TENNIS: Pete Sampras beat Boris Becker 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 at the Paris Open. Magnus Gustafsson upset Michael Chang 6-3, 6-2. Pat Rafter, Greg Rusedski, Thomas Enqvist, Guillaume Raoux, Todd Woodbridge and Petr Korda also won. Lucie Schmidhauser, Rachel McQuillan, Corina Morariu, Jessica Lenhoff and Alexandra Stevenson won at the USTA Women's Challenger in Austin, Texas. Conchita Martinez, Dominique Van Roost, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Sandrine Testud won at the Kremlin Cup.

COLLEGES: Tampa (13-1) beat visiting Florida Southern 4-2 in soccer. Henrik Nebrelius scored three goals, breaking the school's single-season record with 27. FSU's garnet men's basketball team beat the gold 97-94. Eckerd (4-9) beat host Rollins 2-1 in women's soccer. Atsushi Kozaki, Tele Wightman, Bobby Sobieski and Mark Turnesa shot 2-under-par 70s at the South Alabama Fall Classic, helping South Florida finish eighth of 14 golf teams. The NCAA said Cincinnati's Charles Williams can play in only the final six regular-season games and post-season basketball tournaments. John Carson was reinstated. Ramaj St. James has a heart condition and won't play basketball for Rutgers.

WHITBREAD: America's Challenge withdrew after the first leg because of financial problems.

OLYMPICS: Organizers have $2.25-million to expand arenas at the Seven Peaks resort in Provo, Utah, for use as 2002 hockey sites. The head of Nagano's organizing committee will try Friday to resolve the dispute over lengthening the men's downhill course for the Winter Games. Women's water polo was given Olympic status, wiping out the last men-only team sport for the 2000 Games.

BOWLING: John Mazza beat top-seeded Dave D'Entremont 220-212 to win the Ebonite Challenge.

OBITUARY: Brian Lefley, Italy's ice hockey coach, died when the Mercedes he was driving crashed into an oncoming truck in Bolzano. He was 49.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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