Official word is that Maynard-Mack showdown is still a go


Reading time, two minutes: After some 11th-hour sword-rattling, the USBA light-heavyweight title bout between champion Andrew Maynard (16-1) and Ed Mack (13-1) of Philadelphia is go for the Washington Convention Center tonight (USA Network, 9-11 p.m.). Mack's manager, Mark Kondreth, spent yesterday squawking about the officials assigned by the D.C. Boxing Commission and gained the concession of a judge from New Jersey being added to the cast.

Chances are very good that the fight will end long before a decision is necessary, however, because Maynard is a perpetual motion punching machine and Mack is coming off a triumph over Matthew Saad Muhammad (still fighting?) and a TKO win over seemingly indestructible Booker T. Word. Supporting the 12-rounder is a lightweight 10-rounder between Fred Pendleton and Vic Mobley.

* Topping the capacity field (2,000 entries) for Sunday's Baltimore Bud Light Triathlon are the woman who has dominated the event the last few years, Joy Hansen, and the guy who emerged as series champion last year while earning the label "Mr. Consistency," Harold Robinson.

Hansen, winner here the last two years after finishing second in 1988, started out as an age-group swim champ who was discovered in college to have expert running and pentathlon capabilities. Just 30, she's already in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

Robinson is a guy who's always there when they're passing out the medals. He did the entire Bud Light Series last year, garnering a win, four seconds, two thirds, three fifths and a sixth.

The show gets under way with a 0.9-mile swim in Gunpowder Falls State Park at 7:30 a.m., then the gang bikes 24.8 miles downtown before running 6.2 miles to and from Fort McHenry. Motorists in the northeast, don't say you weren't warned.

* The seedings for Wimbledon came out yesterday and, on the women's side, nine-time champion Martina Navratilova drew only the No. 4 seed. This is in keeping with her current rating on the computer but, still, it will draw a great deal of discussion in the land of topspin lobs. Which, when you think about it, is probably what the folks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club had in mind all the time.

Speaking of tennis, pencil Pam Shriver into the Virginia Slims of

Washington tourney that serves as a lead-in to the U.S. Open in late August.

* The first couple years of U.S. Open playoffs in golf, 1901 and 1903, Willie Anderson won with 18-hole scores of 85 and 82, which puts the Payne Stewart (75)-Scott Simpson (77) showdown yesterday in a different light, doesn't it?

* The "You Gotta Believe" Bullets invite their fan(s) to be "part of draft day excitement" next Wednesday at a Capital Centre open house being held in conjunction with live coverage of the draft from New York on TNT. Only trouble is, the needy Bullets select 19th and, usually, that yields a player who is a couple of seasons away from leaving the bench on a consistent basis.

* Anthony Shaw, Ulanda Archie and Maureen Hall didn't break existing Baltimore Road Runners Club records at Catonsville High the other night, they obliterated them. Archie improved the women's 100-meter mark by nearly two seconds to 12.5 and Shaw knocked nearly a second off the men's mark to 10.6 and Hall improved the women's 1,000 meters about 18 seconds to 2:58.9. Clinton Fields (22.1) also got a record at 200 meters.

* Why do I read the words of O's president Larry Lucchino in the paper and immediately think of one of those dolls that delivers a recorded message when you pull a drawstring? Here's why:

On the announcement of a contract extension for general manager Roland Hemond, the martinet said, "We think it [extending Hemond's pact] will provide us with a continuity that can only be beneficial to the Orioles and our fans. The timing of this action is most appropriate since planning for next season for most clubs begins in July and August."

Pure unadulterated mush, gang. Get a speechwriter, Lar.

By the way, the only thing wrong with "Turn Back the Clock (to 1966) Day" at the ballpark tomorrow -- O's vs. Twins at 1:35 p.m. -- is the American League won't go along with the spirit of the event and reverse the standings, not even for one day.

* For the folks who weren't able to swim across the Chesapeake at the Bay Bridge a while back, Atlanta City has an International Marathon Swim Festival planned for Aug. 4 and the events run the gamut from a one-miler in the ocean to a 22.5-mile splash around Absecon Island. Many insist this marathon event is more difficult than the English Channel swim.

* You could call the Steamboat 4-miler in Peoria, Ill., over the weekend a family affair, marathon champion Wanda Panfil of Poland pacing the women in 20:28 while, up ahead, her coach and husband Mauricio Gonzalez (18:07) led the men . . . Comebacker Mark Spitz's time while finishing last in a 100-meter butterfly race the other day is still about four seconds shy of qualifying for the nationals . . . Imagine a promoter of a track meet in France July 1 stuck with paying Ben Johnson $250,000 to run a match race against Carl Lewis while Ben is running college meet times and rarely making it into the top three.

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