Fort Lauderdale News from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 22, 1986 · Page 48
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ICC E,ewVSuivSe"?r.el, Saturday, Macft 22. 19S8 Pinklon predicts a knockout by 6 leilc4 P'rm UlrfWInul ' LAS LGAS Pinkl n Thomas, owner of the perhaps the hardest lib in the heavyweight d: vision, pu'.'ed no punches Mort tonight's WorU Box.ng Counal title defense against Trevor Bt-rbick. Thomas has never gained the respect accorded a heavyweight champwn. and he points to International Boxing Federation title-holder Michael Spmks and former champiun Larry Holmes as the reasons. -They don't want to fight anybody real," Thomas said. " I don't know how long this will go on. '.'The 1BF, FBI, whatever it is, doesn't represent anybody. They said you can fight your grandmother, your granddaughter, but you wiil not fight Pinkion Thomas, they manuevered around me and I had to sit back and take it" Thomas sits no longer. His fight with Berbick at the Rivitra Hotel is the first in what promoter Don King calls the Heavyweight World Series The seven-bout tournament is expected to unify the title by the summer of 1987. King said everyone will be given "a fair shot This title will not be won by maneuverability and manipulations, but by the talent and abilities of what they have in the center of the ring " The center of the ring is where Thomas used his accurate left jab to win the WBC crown from Tim Witherspoon in August 1S84. He has defended it once, knocking out former World Boxing Association champ Mike Weaver in the eighth round last June 15. At Friday's we:h-in, Thomas was at 2221.. alrwst 1 pour is hea"r .vi w4tfl he won the tit. Brili t.hed 218'1. "I ll suit proving myself by knocking out Brbc by tfco six'n round." said Thomas. 2J, ho is 26-0-1 with 21 KOs. "Trie 1 11 wither the Spoon, like the jinx out of Spjiti and send Larry home." Berbick, 31, best known for beating Muhammad Ah in the three-time champion's last bout is 30-4-1 and ranked No. 1 by the WBC. The U.S. Boxing Association's title-holder has his second chance at a heavyweight crown be lost a 15-round decision to Holmes in April 1581. Berbick. a native of Jamaica who is a Canadian resident has a 10-fight winning streak. He stopped Mike Perkins in 10 rounds Jan. 17 in Atlanta. "I will spend the next seven years boxing because boxing is an important part of my life," Berbick said. "It is not the most important My life is to live for Christ and preach the Word." Also on the card is a WBC cruiserweight title fight between champion Bernard Benton and two-time title-holder Carlos Sugar DeLeon, and a non-title super-lightweight bout pitting WBC super-featherweight champion Julio Caesar Chavez and Roberto Collins Lindo. The second fight in the Heavyweight World Series, which will be televised by Home Box Office, is a Spinks-Holmes rematch April 19, also in Las Vegas. " I'll start proving myself by knocking out Berbick by the sixth round. Pinklon Thomas I will spend the next seven years boxing because , boxing is an important part of my life. 99 Trevor Berbick Move over men; women's sports finally get fair share of airtime Games dames play. At noon today, the sports viewer can watch: The World' Figure Skaung Championships from Geneva, Switzerland, on CBS. The Virginia Slims tennis championships from New York on I SA. The first of four live regional championships in the NCAA women's coiiege basketball championships on ESPN. If you think women were just a diversion on the sports scene, look again. Figure skating always has been the quintessential women's sport, and there's nothing better than a skate-to-skate confrontation between the mighty champion (Katanna Witt) and a young challenger (Debi Thomas). Too bad CBS is a day Late with its tape-delay coverage. Tennis is the richest and most publicized women's sport, and Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina NaTatilova are, without doubt the two most famous female athletes in the world. Provided they win semifinal matches today, Evert and Navratilova will meet Sunday at 1 p m. for the championship of the 1985-86 tour in a once-a-year. best-of-five final. Unlike the Grand Slam tournaments, the Slims championship is the only time the women play outside the shadow of the men. College basketball is quickly becoming the elite campus game for women. While the men's tournament approaches the World Series and the Super Bowl in popularity, the women's tournament is making rapid strides. The NCAA invited 40 teams this year, and ESPN is televising all four regionals live today at noon, 6 p.m., 8 p m. and 10 p.m. Check out undefeated University of Texas (31-0) in the Midwest final at 8 p.m. ESPN will televise the national semifinals Thursday at 7 p m. with an all-woman announcing team of Leandra Reilly and Mimi Griffin. Sport readers prefer watching college basketball to pro basketball by a 74-26 percent margin. The 1.200 respondents also picked Dick Enberg (34 percent) as the best play-by-play announcer, Al McGuire (44 percent) as the best commentator and Enberg and McGuire (48 percent) as the best team. ESPN (36 percent) was judged as the network that did the best overall job of covering basketball. The winner of the "If you could slap one sportscaster with two technical fouls and eject him from the broadcast table, who would he be?" category was, of course, Dick Vitale (26 percent). lim . arm I BROADCAST SPORTS Why can't we see all four NCAA regionals Thursday and Friday nights? CBS hogs all the good games and gives viewers only one live game each night That left ESPN with the last pick for its early telecast. Friday night viewers had to wait until 12:30 a.m. to see Cleveland State against Navy, a game played five hours earlier. That's absurd. - The NCAAs have reached the point where all re- 1 gional semifinals should be televised live to everyone. ; An idea: Televise Game 1 from 6-8 p.m. (ESPN); televise Game 2 from 8-10 p.m. (CBS); pick up the second half of Game 3 at 10 p m. (CBS); televise Game ; 4 from 11 p.m.-l a.m. (ESPN). Make everyone happy. WTBS gears up for the July 5-20 Goodwill Games with four Gateway to Goodwill specials. They begin Friday (9:50-11:20 p.m.) with World Cup Wrestling and International Volleyball Challenge. That will be followed by the United States Amateur Box-Off (April 12), the US-USSR. Gymnastics Competition (May 11) and the Bruce JennerBud Light Track Classic (May 31). - The Goodwill Games have been cleared In 77 percent of the United States, but no South Florida station has signed up. DIAL-A-NOTE: The Refrigerator meets Mr. T on The A-Team Tuesday (Channels 5, 7 at 8 p.m.). . . WTBS will cover the start (10:35 p.m.) and finish (10:25 p.m.) of the 12 Hours of Sebring today. . . Seve Ballet-teros makes his first PGA Tour stop at the USF&G Classic this weekend (Channels 5, 7 from 5-6 p.m. today, 4-6 p.m. Sunday). . . NBC begins its tennis season with the Paine Webber Classic from Sanibel Harbour today (Channels 5, 7 at 3:30 p.m.) and Sunday (130 p.m.). - NFL Alumni surprise Cosell with honor By Jim Sarci Stali Wrilrr i FORT LAUDERDALE The Order cf tho Leather Hornet is the NFL Alumni's highest lienor, rest rved for individuals who have made truly significant contributions to the g;ime of professional football. Howard Cosell was a little bit surprised when the organization called for his chinstrap. " "I was thrilled but I bad to ask if they were sure they wanted to give it to me," Cosell said. "I didn't want to embarrass anyone because of my book." In I Never Plbyed The Game, Cosell criticized the National Football Lcdgwe and its commissioner Pete Roelle but his remarks did not deter the NFL Alumni. Friday night at its annual Evening With the Legends Dinner at the 17th Street Marriott, the NFL Alumni honored Cose'l with The Order of the Leather Helmet. The award also was presented posthumously to Vince Lombardi. Career Achievement Awards were presented to former Green Bay Packers linebacker Ray Nitsclike and former Chicago Bears guard Danny Fortmann. "I'm honored particularly because of Vince Lombardi," Cosell said. "Lombardi was one of my greatest personal influences. We both grew up in Brooklyn. He went to Fordham and I went to New York University." Lombardi went on to become a legendary football coach with the Green Bay Packers. Cosell went on tq become the most famous sports-caster in America, his love-him-or-hate-him reputation anchored by his 34-year stint on ABC's Monday Night Football. Cosell left ABC Sports this year but his celebrity continues to grow with the popularity of I Never Flayed ,The Game, which has sold over 500,000 copies "twice as much as any other sports-related book," Cosell proudly points out. "My celebrity status has increased with the book and, strangely, my absence on television," Cosell said. . But Cosell, who will be 68 next week, says he doesn't care for the attention. "I don't need it or want it," Cosell said. "The real values dominate my life. I'm enjoying life and my family." "Cosell said he's up at 5 a.m. to do his commentary for ABC Radio and usually in bed by 8 p.m. He didn't watch many M.mday Night Football Games last fall. "Monday Night Football does not have the diverse appeal that it had in its heyday," Cosell said. "It takes a curious combination of elements to make sports succeed in prime time personality, humanization, show biz. The golden age of TV sports is unquestionably over. It will never be what it is." Cosell said he has had several offers to return to television but he has made no decisions. "There's no urgent need to return," he said. "If I go back, I will never travel the way I used to." Cosell does feel the need to speak out on the issues of sports and society. Of particular concern to the NFL now is drug testing. 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