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Blood clot puts boxer on critical list

Challenger Kid Akeem Anifowoshe was hospitalized in critical condition with a blood clot in his head after being beaten by IBF junior bantamweight champion Robert Quiroga yesterday.

The International Boxing Federation title bout went the full 12 rounds and neither fighter was knocked down, but a badly beaten Anifowoshe collapsed just after the referee announced the unanimous decision at HemisFair Arena in San Antonio.

"He was standing when the fight was over," said Bill Baxter, Anifowoshe's manager. "Then he started spitting up blood and he collapsed like he'd been shot. He never regained consciousness."

Doctors worked on Anifowoshe for about 30 minutes in the ring before rushing him to Downtown Baptist Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, hospital officials said.

Quiroga checked himself into the same hospital after the bruising fight with a gash over his left eye. Quiroga, a native of San Antonio, improved to 18-0. Fifth-ranked Anifowoshe of Las Vegas fell to 23-1.

* Italy's Maurizio Stecca retained his WBO featherweight championship by scoring a unanimous decision over Mexican challenger Fernando Ramos Salas at Montichiari, Italy.

* Park Young-kyun of South Korea knocked out Japanese challenger Masuaki Takeda in the sixth round to defend his WBA featherweight title at Seoul, South Korea. In another bout on the same card, South Korea's Choi Hee-young outpunched Philippine challenger Sugar Ray Mike and defended his WBA minimum weight title with a unanimous decision.



Del Ballard Jr. earned his eighth Professional Bowlers Association title with a come-from-behind, 226-114 victory over Mike Shady in the final of the Kessler Open yesterday at Dublin, Calif. Ballard, who won $23,000, becomes the fourth player this year to win three titles.


The Catalan region of Spain had its bid for a separate Olympic team delayed again, and it leaders conceded there was little chance of success before the Barcelona Games. Barcelona is the major city of the Catalan region in northeast Spain.

Catalonia and the Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are seeking their own Olympic teams even though they are not independent states.



Stefan Edberg yielded only four points on his serve and overpowered American Malivai Washington, 6-4, 6-2, to moved into the finals of the Queens Club grass court championship at London. Edberg will play for the title against the winner of the other semifinal between American David Wheaton and Anders Jarryd of Sweden. That match was delayed three hours by rain and officials decided the light was too poor to continue. It will be completed today before the final.

* Top-seeded Horst Skoff beat Eduardo Masso of Argentina, 6-4, 6-4, and unseeded Thomas Muster outlasted Carlos Costa of Spain, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinals of the Florence, Italy, tournament.

* Rain washed out semifinal play in the Edgbaston women's grass court tournament at Birmingham, England. Both semifinals and the final will be played today. Top seed Martina Navratilova faces Brenda Schultz of the Netherlands and defending titlist Zina Garrison meets the Soviet Union's Natalia Zvereva.

* Rain also forced the postponement of the semifinals of Continental Grass Court Trophy tournament at Rosmalen, Netherlands. Michael Stich of Germany will play Michiel Schapers of the Netherlands and Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland meets Christian Saceanu of Germany in the semifinals today. The winners then will play for the title.


Mark Spitz finished eighth and last in a 100-meter butterfly at an international meet at Canet, France. Spitz, 41, was timed in 58.93 seconds in the race, which was won by a Czechoslovakian-born Canadian, Marcel Gery. Gery was more than two seconds ahead of Spitz.


Pro football

Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Harvey Armstrong was arrested at his home on charges of domestic battery and disorderly conduct, police said. Armstrong, 31, was arrested about 4:10 a.m. after a woman identifying herself as Armstrong's girlfriend called the Marion County Sheriff's Department to his home. The woman told deputies she had been struck twice and that Armstrong was carrying a handgun, sheriff's department spokesman Scott Minier said.


Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a 4-under-par 68 and tied England's Paul Broadhurst for the lead at 207 after three rounds of the Belgian Open at Brussels. Broadhurst shot a 69. He had shared the second round lead with Swede Per-Ulrik Johansson, but Johansson shot a 70 and fell one-stroke off the lead.


Franco Chioccioli won the next-to-last stage of the Tour of Italy at Casteggio and virtually clinched the overall title. Chioccioli will go into today's final leg with a lead of 3 minutes, 48 seconds over his closest rival, Claudio Chiappucci.

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