If everything goes as planned _ a big if when Mike Tyson is involved _ the next time Tyson and Lennox Lewis see each other it will be in the ring.
The fight was salvaged Monday when promoters reached an agreement for Tyson and Lewis to meet for the heavyweight title June 8 in Memphis, ending weeks of on-again off-again negotiations.
A fight that could make more than $100-million _ and pay each fighter more than $20-million _ is scheduled to take place at the 20,000-seat Pyramid arena, where ringside seats will fetch $2,500.
Unlike the New York news conference that caused the fight to be run out of Las Vegas when Tyson threw a punch and then a tantrum, the fighters will not get together for any prefight publicity this time around.
"We're not having any more press conferences with the two of them together in the future," Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel said.
Weeks of trying to salvage the fight culminated Monday in an agreement for Lewis to defend his IBF and WBC heavyweight titles against Tyson in Memphis.
The fight that was rejected by Nevada boxing officials after Tyson misbehaved at a January news conference ended up in Memphis after a road show in which it was shopped to various cities around the country.
SOCCER: The MetroStars placed defender Marcelo Balboa (bruised right knee) and forward Martin Klinger (sore back) on the MLS injured list. Both are expected to miss the next two games, both against Columbus.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Starter Dan Touchet went a career-long six innings as host Miami beat UCLA 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep. Devin Ivany was 3-for-3 to pace a 20-hit offense as host South Florida beat Army 19-4.
COLLEGES: Florida's gymnastics team was named to compete in Saturday's Central Region meet in Baton Rouge, La., against Iowa State, Central Michigan, Illinois State, New Hampshire and host LSU. The winner and runnerup at each of six region sites will make up the 12-team field at the NCAA Championships, April 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The host South Florida women's tennis team lost 5-2 to New Mexico State. Eckerd sophomore second baseman Chris Rosende was named Sunshine State Conference player of the week. Tampa sophomore pitcher Joey Watts was named pitcher of the week. South Florida's Corin Tassio was named softball pitcher of the week by C-USA and Ginny Georgantas was hitter of the week.
ARENA LEAGUE: The Storm released injured offensive/defensive lineman Robert "Pig" Goff. Goff, a Bradenton native, was drafted by the Bucs in 1988 and spent two seasons with the team before being traded to New Orleans in 1990. He played with the Storm from 1998-2001 but was unable to recover from a concussion sustained last season. Also, the Carolina Cobras signed former Storm fullback/linebacker Andre Bowden as a free agent. Bowden played eight seasons with the Storm, including the team's first game in 1991. He ranks second in league history in rushing yards (1,104), attempts (380) and touchdowns (73).
_ FRANK PASTOR, TIMES WIRES