BOXING: Promoter Roger Levitt remained upbeat about the prospects for the George Foreman-Larry Holmes fight set for Jan. 23, although Foreman expressed doubt. "We believe the fight is 100 percent on," Levitt said. "We're doing some financial machinations with George and Larry." But Foreman told a Houston television station, "I want to be truthful. I don't think there is going to be a boxing match." He said the funding for the fight is not in place. Before the fight can happen, another promoter might have to step in, Foreman said. Foreman, who is to receive $10-million, has received $1-million in nonrefundable deposits from Levitt. Holmes, who is to get $4-million, has been paid $400,000.
HOCKEY: The United States (1-3) beat Canada 5-2 in the World Junior Championship at Winnipeg. Canada (2-1-1) needed a win to finish first in Pool A and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Canadians meet Kazakstan (1-2-1), the third-place team in Pool B, Saturday in a quarterfinal. The U.S. had no hope of making the playoffs. Brian Gionta scored twice and Scott Gomez had a goal and two assists for the United States, which beat Canada for the second straight year. Lightning prospect Paul Mara had two assists. Ryan Murphy and William Heisten also scored for the United States. Adam Mair and Daniel Tkaczuk replied for Canada. Sweden beat Kazakstan 11-4, Russia beat Switzerland 6-0, and Finland defeated the Czech Republic 4-3. Late Wednesday, Michal Hudec scored with 24 seconds left to give Slovakia a 3-2 victory over the United States in Selkirk. Gionta and Douglas Janik scored for the United States. Sweden beat Belarus 5-4 in Morden to clinch a semifinal berth. Canada beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in Winnipeg.
_ Compiled from Times wires.