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Tyson says he thinks ban will last lifetime

Published Oct. 2, 2005

Mike Tyson believes he will not regain his boxing license, suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission because he bit Evander Holyfield twice during their heavyweight championship fight.

In an interview Monday night on ABC, Alex Wallau asked Tyson whether he thought the commission would reinstate him next year.

"Truly, I think I'll be banned for the rest of my life," Tyson said.

"I truly think everyone hates me. I truly believe that. Because no one gets punished more than I am. But I understand. I'm a big boy, and I believe big boys have big ordeals to be dealt with."

The commission suspended Tyson after the June fight at Las Vegas. He can request reinstatement after one year.

Tyson said he feels "disgust, disdain and humiliation" when he watches tapes of the fight.

"I shouldn't have done that," he said. "It was just striking out and totally hatred right there. I shouldn't have done that because for that one moment, I just forgot he was a human being."

OLYMPICS: U.S. officials expect America's 207 athletes to bring home a record number of medals and predict 15 to 18. Two candidates for Australia's bobsled team have tested positive for steroids, Olympic committee president John Coates said. The committee will not name the two until a decision about a sanction is made.

GOLF: Colin Montgomerie, the most successful golfer in Europe the past five years, decided not to join the PGA Tour next season, though he plans to expand his American schedule. Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois will host the U.S. Open in 2003 for the second time.

TENNIS: Greg Rusedski overcame the flu to beat wild card Nicklas Kulti 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the opening round of the Stockholm Open. Mary Pierce, Irina Spirlea and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario qualified for the season-ending Chase Championships in Stamford, Conn.

COLLEGES: An MRI test revealed no tear in the right shoulder of Florida State junior basketball forward Randell Jackson, who was injured last weekend. He should return to practice Saturday and be ready for the season opener. Damen Maddux had 13 points and 11 rebounds as Florida beat the California All-Stars 86-71 in an exhibition game. Florida's Aurymar Rodriguez was named SEC Player of the Week in volleyball. She had 37 kills in two wins over South Carolina. FSU outside hitter Jennifer Werrick was named ACC Rookie of the Week in volleyball. She had double figures in kills and digs against North Carolina and North Carolina State. Texas Tech must answer to 18 alleged NCAA rules violations, according to an infractions letter released by the school. Chancellor John T. Montford said the school would dispute some charges but would not specify. North Carolina State swept the ACC cross country championships for the third straight year at Seminole Golf Course. Top 100 recruit Harold Swanagan, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Hopkinsville, Ky., verbally committed to Notre Dame ... Georgia State opened the Lefty Driesell era with a 96-66 exhibition victory over Sports Reach Crusaders. ... Papa John's founder and CEO John H. Schnatter, whose company name will go on Louisville's new football stadium, will make a $1-million contribution to rival Kentucky.

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SWIMMING: Australian Swimming Inc. president Terry Gathercole said he wants U.S. colleagues to contact him about drug testing initiatives after Chinese results that "lack credibility." Prosecutors investigating sports doping practices in the former East Germany decided not to bring charges against five more coaches. Four former coaches were charged last month with giving anabolic steroids to 17 teenage girls between 1974 and 1989.

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