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Tyson is ticketed in accident

Mike Tyson, who punctured a lung and broke a rib in a motorcycle accident, was issued a $77 ticket Thursday for not having a license to operate the cycle.

Police said the Nevada driver's license Tyson was carrying Wednesday night was not for motorcycles.

Meanwhile, doctors say the 31-year-old former heavyweight champion was expected to recover within six weeks but is spending a day or two in the hospital.

Tyson's manager, Rory Holloway, said the fighter was sore but in good spirits.

Holloway said Tyson was riding with two friends to his Farmington, Conn., estate when his Honda skidded on sand as he was exiting Interstate 84, about 10 miles east of Hartford. He was wearing a helmet and a leather riding jacket.

State police gave Tyson a ride home at the fighter's request, but he decided to go to the hospital after spending a few hours at home.

There was no evidence of alcohol or drug use, said Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, chief of Hartford Hospital's trauma unit. A tube was put in Tyson's punctured right lung to reinflate it.

Tyson's personal physician, Dr. Ira Trocki, said Tyson's injuries should not harm his boxing skills.

NCAA: The Justice Department says the NCAA is violating a federal law that protects students with learning disabilities by improperly limiting their athletic eligibility, USA Today reported. The Justice Department said the NCAA refused to give credit toward athletic eligibility for many classes designed for learning disabled students. The NCAA granted full eligibility to 29 percent of learning-disabled athletes who applied for such status last year compared with 71 percent of students with no learning disabilities.

SKATING: Scott Hamilton skated in his first performance since a successful seven-month battle with testicular cancer. "It was so emotional for me," said Hamilton, who got several standing ovations Wednesday before 10,000 fans in Los Angeles. Hamilton's rustiness showed when he fell on a triple toe loop as country singer Gary Morris stood rinkside and performed With One More Look at You. Todd Eldredge, who injured his shoulder Saturday at Skate America, resumes training for the Olympics today.

HORSES: Athos, owned by Ocala's Laura Swain, was named Horse of the Year by the U.S. Dressage Federation. Laura Chapot and Star Twist won the accumulator competition in the 114th annual National Horse Show in New York.

ROWING: The only husband-and-wife team in the Atlantic Race was evacuated after its boat rolled over three times and was damaged.

OLYMPICS: The head of international skiing threatened to pull all events out of February's Olympics if organizers ban recreational skiing above a disputed downhill run. A firebomb was left aboard a passenger ferry in Sydney, Australia, the fifth bomb scare on public transport in less than a year in the city that will be the host of the 2000 Olympics. Police said burned wires indicated the bomb's detonation system had been triggered and they were mystified as to why it had not gone off.

COLLEGES: Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith plans to meet today with a student group that opposes the school's $7.1-million contract with Nike. Smith said he wanted to hear more about alleged sweatshop conditions in the shoe company's overseas factories. Colgate basketball coach Jack Bruen said he plans to stay involved with his team even though he has pancreatic cancer ... Texas coach Tom Penders was hospitalized for tests of a kidney problem that he said has bothered him for about a month. Penders said doctors believe he has some kind of blockage or a virus.

TENNIS: Pete Sampras beat Patr Korda 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Paris Open. Richard Krajicek beat U.S. Open winner Pat Rafter 7-5, 6-2. Greg Rusdeski, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Thomas Muster and Thomas Enqvist also won. Venus Williams, Dominique Van-Roost, Jana Novotna, Irina Spirlea and Ai Sugiyama won in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. Catalina Cristea upset Rachel McQuillan to reach the quarterfinals of the Healthsouth USTA Women's Challenger of Austin. She faces Maarian de Swardt. Corina Morariu of Boca Raton and Anne Miller also won.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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