The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 29, 1997 · Page 33
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The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 33

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Sunday, June 29, 1997
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Wk iPfitlaklpfna Inquirer Section C f 'A. 1 1 - r v. ' 1 ' ' . - , ' Evander Holyfield (right) winces after Magnus Norman has a scare The young Swede's heart acted up in the fifth set with second-seeded Goran Ivanisevic. By Diane I'ucin ; INQUIRER STAFF WRITER " WIMBLEDON, England Magnus Norman sat in his chair. He grabbed his chest, pushed where his heart is, and rubbed and rubbed. " Then a trainer came out. But Everitt, a new Eagle, juggling two worlds ' By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Steve Everitt's eyes widen. He is surrounded by the Art Museum's definitive Marcel Duchamp collection. To get here, Everitt has walked past paintings by Van Gogh and Renoir, Pollock and Chagall. He has stopped along the way, quietly admiring some canvases, squinting dubiously at others, just like any young artist with a head full of opinions. But it is here that Everitt's voice rises in excitement for the first time, here among the "readymades" and Nude Descending a Staircase and the Large Glass that he lets out a soft whistle. "Look at this," says the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Everitt, leaning in to read one of the title cards on the wall. "He did most of this by the time he was 25." ; That remark puts a frame around both sides of Everitt. He paints because it's part of who he is and what he does because he has to, really but he's a star NFL player because he is fiercely competitive. So even as he enjoys Duchamp's witty artifacts, Everitt is doing the math. Sorenstam keeps her lead Up 2 in ShopRite LPGA Classic. Also, Marsh tops Senior Open. CI 1. " 1 MW!WiWP,P''fWfW!i''W'Wll'lVll; T""1 1 ' v XL " Mike Tyson bites his ear in front there was nothing the trainer could do except to crouch down and talk to him. It was 6-6 in the fifth set, Norman was serving, and the young Swede who had broken Pete Sampras' heart at the French Open could feel Duchamp did this when he was 25! Everitt himself is almost 27! Time's a-wastin'! Of course, Duchamp didn't play a full career in the NFL before turning the art world upside down. The impatience of youth notwithstanding, Everitt has plenty of time. "I guess so," Everitt says. "I've been playing for five years. If I play for another five, that's about the NFL life span right there. I've already outlived the average lineman. There's a lot to do once you're 35." That competitive drive fuels both Steve Everitts, the one who excels in the world of Vermeil and Ditka as well as the one who dwells in the world of Vermeer and Rothko. The Eagles signed Everitt to a five-year contract worth $11.4 million in March. NFL teams don't throw that kind of money at just anyone. The Eagles made Everitt, the league's best young center, their No. 1 target of this off-season. He came to Philadelphia to help build an offensive line like the ones he played on in Cleveland, where a quarterback sack was as rare as an original Van Gogh. He is aiming See EVERITT on C9 Sp unday 1 1 1 I Sunday, June 29, 1997 n 6mJ feJ 1 !. It V Associated Press JACK SMITH of referee Mills Lane in the third round of their rematch in Las Vegas. his own heart beat fast, too fast. Norman was playing Goran Ivanisevic, Wimbledon's No. 2 seed, in a match in which Ivanisevic would end up serving a Wimbledon-record 46 aces. Aces hit with such force that the ball seemed able to act as a drill bit, trolling for oil right there 0,1 Court Three, aces that made the walls shake. hut made the hair on your arnu st..nd straight. So, really, 'A h.) could blame Nor i 1 1 "V ' Steve Everitt, for whom the Art i . : i . I.:::.' ' ill v.' f " " - I . - . ' a'. V ' in upset man's heart for racing? Except that Norman's heart had done this before and not stopped its speed racing for 40 minutes. So everybody held their breath. This was scary and suddenly about more than tennis or rain or upsets or aces or how people were already lining up outside because there would be play on the middle Sunday for only the second time in history. See WIMBLEDON on C2 Museum is one of the attractions of Disqualification gives Holyfield win By Jay Searcy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAS VEGAS Mike Tyson, trying to turn a world heavyweight championship into a street fight, bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's right ear during a third-round clinch here last night, then bit him on the other ear later in the round despite the referee's warning and was disqualified in the long-awaited rematch. When referee Mills Lane made the announcement at the end of Round 3, the Tyson camp stormed the ring in protest and fights broke out twice before security could clear the ring. Holyfield, with a piece of his right ear missing, left the ring before the announcement was made. Tyson soon followed while the sellout crowd of 16,325 at the MGM Graned Arena, which had chanted his name in support only minutes earlier, booed him lustily, some throwing paper cups at him. Fights broke out in the crowd while security escort It's not surprising Tyson took this tack LAS VEGAS All along Evander Holyfield has insisted that he has Mike Tyson's number. And so he does: 911. The biggest money-making fist fight of all time ended in the most improbable and bizarre fashion last night when Mike Tyson became unhinged and acted more like a vampire than a boxer. Tyson, in the act of a frustrated carnivore, bit Holyfield not once but twice, and drew a gush of blood, and was finally disqualified, but not until, incredibly, the third Bill round was completed. The disqualification triggered two brawls inside the ring, and then a parade of violence down the aisle and out of the MGM Grand arena. In a sport that has always been its own worst enemy, this was a night of special shame. S7l JNL The build contacts within being an Eagle, hopes to Braves crush Phillies Schilling fans 12, allows four HRs in 9-1 loss. C3. Baseball Week in Review C6 Baseball statistics C5 Golf Report CIO Horse racing C12 NFL C9 Philadelphia Online: ed Tyson away. Lane, who had warned both fighters three times for holding on the break and failing to break at his command, penalized Tyson two points for the first bite and warned Tyson that he would disqualify him if he did it again. Seconds later Tyson clamped down on the other ear, and when the round ended, Lane walked to the Tyson corner and waved the fight over. "The first one was a foul," Lane said. "Then he bit him on the other ear. I had told him, 'One more time like that, that's it, you're gone.' ! "That kind of foul, you've got to, take a position," Lane said. Tyson, who was having his best round early in the third, landing perhaps the best right hand of the fight to Holyfield's head, seemed to delight in Holyfield's anger. After the first bite, when Holyfield turned his back holding his ear, Tyson pushed him from behind with both gloved fists, as if he wanted to See FIGHT on C8 Tyson, who could not bear the thought of losing again, resorted to the most primal act known to man. He sank his teeth into each of Holy-field's ears. So Holyfield retains his WBA world heavyweight cham pionship and Tyson, once the most feared man in the sport, has been further exposed. He simply cannot tolerate the galling notion of defeat, and his boxing skills are limited to intimidation and one-shot-at-a-time punches. And if neither of these works, he is desperate. Desperate enough to Lyon use fangs instead of hooks. What we had here was the final exposure of Mike Tyson. Of all the ways this might have ended, this was never considered. In retrospect, though, it should have been seriously considered be-See DISQUALIFY on C8 J Philadelphia Inquirer VICKI VALERIO the art community here.

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