Boxer critical after 2 brain operationsBoxer Michael...


Boxer critical after 2 brain operations

Boxer Michael Watson underwent two brain operations and was in critical condition yesterday, after being battered while losing a title fight in London. A blood clot was removed from Watson's brain in surgery early yesterday. He then was back in operating room last night for further brain surgery after his condition deteriorated.

Doctors at St. Bartholomew's Hospital said they planned to return Watson, 26, to a life-support machine after the second operation. Watson collapsed in the ring shortly after his World Boxing Organization super-middleweight title fight against British compatriot Chris Eubank was stopped in the 12th round by referee Roy Francis on Saturday.

Watson dominated most of the fight and knocked Eubank down late in the 11th round. But Eubank rallied to knock down Watson a few seconds before the end of that round.

* Bantamweight Fernie Morales was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery for removal of a blood clot on his brain, said the doctor who performed the operation in Indio, Calif. Morales was hospitalized yesterday, the day after his unsuccessful challenge of International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales.


The Philadelphia Flyers continued their massive restructuring trading nine-year veteran center Ron Sutter and defenseman Murray Baron to the St. Louis Blues for forwards Rod Brind'Amour and Dan Quinn. The trade will reunite Sutter, who has played his entire NHL career in Philadelphia, with his twin, Rich. The Flyers have let go or traded seven players since May.

Flyers general manager Russ Farwell said of Brind'Amour, a left wing-center, "His numbers over the last two seasons have been impressive and his skills are excellent."

Farwell said the Blues wanted Sutter as part of the deal. "They are anxious to reunite him on the ice with his twin brother," Farwell said. "And, with the loss of Scott Stevens, they needed a young defenseman."

* Simon Wheeldon's goal with 1:33 remaining in regulation lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-3 tie with the New York Rangers in an exhibition game in Orlando, Fla.

* The NHL's No. 1 draft pick, Eric Lindros, just off a stellar performance against the best players in the world in the Canada Cup, returned to junior hockey as he started in the lineup of the Oshawa (Ontario) Generals. His play was largely uninspired, however, in the Generals' 4-2 victory over the Peterborough Petes before 3,778 fans at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. Lindros finished with just one assist and two minor penalties.

Horse racing

Trinity Meadows Raceway outside of Fort Worth, Texas, forced to cancel all weekend races because jockeys refused to ride on a rain-weakened track, has banned 27 riders from the track and vowed to replace them with new jockeys. The track's reaction Saturday night came less than 30 minutes after several jockeys and a Jockeys Guild representative met and later informed management that they would not ride yesterday.

Racing is scheduled to resume Thursday at the track. But officials say the jockeys who refused to ride are barred "now and forever." The jockeys' refusal to race Saturday was especially embarrassing for the track's management, because a group of state legislators and local civic leaders were invited to the track for lunch and a day of racing.


The Baltimore Bears (6-1) defeated the Peninsula Poseidon (4-1), 20-7, at Patterson High. Dave Jackson (Perry Hall) caught two 27-yard touchdown passes from Ron Meehan (Towson State). Ricky Green (Maryland) ran 8 yards for the other Bears touchdown. Meehan was 13 of 19 passing for 187 yards. The Bears (4-1) are in second place in the Northern Division of the Mason-Dixon League.


Top-seeded Monica Seles, relentlessly pounding winners, routed Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-1, 6-1, and won the Nichirei International Ladies Tennis Championships in Tokyo. With the victory, Seles matched Steffi Graf's record of winning 17 singles titles before her 18th birthday. She will be 18 in December.

* No. 1 seed Conchita Martinez of Spain won her second straight Paris Women's Open, defeating unseeded Ines Gorrochategui of Argentina, 6-0, 6-3. It took only 50 minutes for Martinez, 19, to defeat Gorrochategui, 18, ranked 130th in the world.

Water polo

The Navy men (6-3) defeated Slippery Rock, 10-8, for the Eastern Invitational first-round title in Annapolis. Slippery Rock took an 8-7 lead with 4 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the fourth period, but Navy's Mike Siepert tied the game at 8 with 2:35 left. Navy captain Luis Nicolao scored the game-winner 47 seconds later.

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