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President Bush greeted John Ruiz at the White House and congratulated him on becoming the nation's first Hispanic heavyweight champion. Ruiz won the WBA title by defeating Evander Holyfield on March 3. Mike Tyson will fight David Izon on May 19.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Spring practice at South Florida has been moved back one week to accommodate recent coaching changes. Two offensive coaches were hired this week and a third has joined the staff since last season. Because the additions need time to get adjusted, coach Jim Leavitt said the Bulls will hold their first practice March 27, and the spring game will take place at 1 p.m. April 21. "With the new coaches on offense, we need to make absolutely sure we have the entire offense down so that our players will get the full benefit of our 15 practice sessions," Leavitt said. "Spring is a crucial part of the development of any football team."

TRACK: Olympic 400-meter champion Cathy Freeman, 28, won't defend her World Championship title after deciding not to run competitively this year because she's tired. Freeman, who became the first Aboriginal athlete to represent Australia in track events at an Olympics in 1992, said she won't race again until January.

CRICKET: India dismissed the Australians for 212 to win by 171 runs in Calcutta, ending the Australians' record winning streak of 16 matches.

ROWING: The 147th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race will be held as scheduled March 24 despite Britain's foot-and-mouth crisis.

_ ANTONYA ENGLISH, TIMES WIRES

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