Despite published reports to the contrary, Mike Tyson's promoter said Monday that Buster Douglas would not be Tyson's opponent for his first fight since his release from a Maryland prison.
That leaves Tyson searching for an opponent for his scheduled Oct. 2 fight, with the list of fighters apparently down to Orlin Norris (49-5) and Zeljko Mavrovic (27-1).
Promoter Dan Goossen said Douglas, the first fighter to beat Tyson, could not get in condition in time. Douglas reportedly weighs more than 300 pounds and would have been closely scrutinized by Nevada officials before being allowed to fight.
"Buster Douglas is not in fighting shape and will not be by October," Goossen said. "Mike is anxious to return to the ring and is looking to fight someone that will be physically and mentally ready to fight in October. At this point, Douglas does not fit that description."
If an opponent is not signed within two weeks, the Oct. 2 date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas could be in jeopardy.
Douglas, 39, was the first pro to beat Tyson, knocking him out in the 10th round Feb. 11, 1990, after entering as a 42-1 underdog.
TENNIS: Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo won her first WTA final, beating Denisa Chladkova 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-2 in the rain-interrupted final of the Sanex Trophy at Knokke, Belgium. Amy Frazier, the 1994 champion, upset fifth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the opening round of the Acura Classic at Manhattan Beach, Calif. "I just wanted to keep trying and not look at the score," Frazier said. "I got lucky in the second set, and she made more unforced errors in the third." Julie Halard-Decugis beat Iva Majoli, and Ai Sugiyama beat Nathalie Dechy. Thomas Enqvist beat qualifier Wayne Arthurs 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) in the first round of the ATP Championship at Mason, Ohio. Tommy Haas beat Xavier Malisse. With pain in his right leg, top seed Dominik Hrbaty retired to Marcello Flippini 7-6 (7-5), 1-1 in the first round of the San Marino International. Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from next week's du Maurier Open at Toronto with an ankle injury.
TRACK: Javier Sotomayor, who tested positive for cocaine at the Pan American Games, still hopes to defend his high jump title at the World Championships this month. But the sport's world governing body said it could ban Sotomayor from the Aug. 20-29 championships in Seville, Spain, if Cuban officials don't take action by then.
COLLEGES: Doc Robinson of Auburn scored 19 points to lead the Southeastern Conference all-star team from a 16-point deficit to a 75-73 win over the Japan national team. Major Parker of Florida had a steal and layup to increase the SEC's lead to 71-67 with about 3:00 to play. Robinson made another steal and layup to put the game away at 75-71 with 12 seconds left. Illinois basketball coach Lon Kruger said junior Fess Hawkins was dismissed from the team "for failure to take care of personal responsibilities." John McNamara, associate commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, was given the same position with Conference USA. Tulane athletic director Sandy Barbour resigned, saying that recent talks with the university's new president, Scott Cowen, convinced her "the university was interested in different leadership." Barbour was one of eight female athletic directors in Division I. Wood Selig of Virginia was named athletic director at Western Kentucky.
SWIMMING: American synchronized diving champion Tracy Bonner was banned for a year after testing positive for dextroamphetamine, the sport's world governing body, FINA, said. FINA said dextroamphetamine could be ruled legal under certain circumstances, and if Bonner is given permission to use the drug in the future, her suspension will be reduced to six months. China's Xiong Guoming and Wang Wei were banned for three years after testing positive a second time for performance-enhancing drugs. Lenny Krayzelburg won the 100-meter backstroke in 54 seconds at the national championships in Minneapolis, breaking Jeff Rouse's meet record by .07. Jenny Thompson won the 100 butterfly in 58.15, the second fastest ever. In the 400 freestyle, Lindsay Benko won the 400 freestyle in 4:11.31 to beat top seed Brooke Bennett of Plant City.
CYCLING: Motorcycle hit men killed a former trainer on Costa Rica's national team who also worked for teams in Colombia. Elkin Dario Rendon, 46, was shot four times Sunday while riding his bicycle in Medellin, Colombia. The motive was unknown, police said. Thousands in Austin, Texas, withstood 101 degrees for an evening parade in honor of Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who will meet President Clinton today at a White House reception.
GOLF: Krissie Register shot 5-under 67 to take the lead after the first round of medal play in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Asheville, N.C. Beth Bauer, a former Bloomindale High player, was tied for fourth at 70.
SOCCER: Sergio Senteno of Arlington, Va., 27, was in serious condition a day after he was stabbed in the lower back and abdomen during D.C. United's victory over the visiting Mutiny. No arrests have been made. Police are checking videotapes.
_ Compiled from Times wires.
WINNING PERFORMANCE: American Chuck Braun, left, goes for the ball against Moldavian Michail Shargu at European Open Handicapped in Kiev, Ukraine. The United States won 6-0 and placed seventh.