Boxing show got right man in Riggins


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They're expecting about 1,500 and a yield of upward of $100,000 at the black-tie Children's Charity boxing show at the Washington Hilton Nov. 12. Ray Mercer tops the card, taking on Mike Rouse, with Jason Waller vs. Carlos DeLeon and Kenny Baysmore vs. David Sample in support. John Riggins will be the ring announcer of the $350-per-ticket event if all goes well.

And speaking of Riggo, he turned in a rather unique acceptance speech while accepting his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during the recent Washington Redskins-Denver Broncos Monday night game: "I'm saluting you [the crowd] for the inspiration you've given me and for the meaning you've given this incongruous game. I bow before you and humbly ask for the dreadful applause that so enslaves me one final time as we lay my football spirit to rest."

Certainly beats "thanks a lot," doesn't it?

* Baseball owners meet again in a month to figure out what to do about the sale of the San Francisco Giants to Tampa Bay interests, and it's unconscionable that the moguls might ask soon-to-be ex-lodge member Bob Lurie to take a Bay Area offer that's a full $30 million less than the one on the table in St. Petersburg.

Besides wanting to keep the $12.5 million National League expansion money due Lurie, Frisco investors want an interest-free $10 million loan from the seller. The Giants were second from the bottom in attendance this season, and stadium proposals in Baghdad by the Bay are 0-for-4.

* So Bobby Carpenter was supposed to put back most of the goals Dino Ciccarelli took with him when traded by the Washington Capitals, eh? He better get cracking. Heading into the second of nine meetings against the Rangers in New York tonight (Channel 20, 7:30), Carpenter hasn't come close to scoring in six games. Nor have Kelly Miller and Al Iafrate.

* After being in the business of trying to put out a winning and interesting basketball team for 27 years, something he has failed at consistently, one would think Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin would know better than to refer to training camp boycotter Tom Gugliotta as "the last piece of the puzzle." Washington, recall had a 25-57 record last season, the kid's a rookie and the club doesn't have a whole lot of experience.

* Bill Rodgers insists he's still competitive at age 44, his weekly training amounting to 70 to 100 miles. But he doesn't expect to do much against the likes of Chris Fox and Steve Spence at the Seaside 10-miler in Ocean City Saturday (9:30 a.m.). Boston Billy, who indicates he may be retiring from marathons shortly, says the only 26-mile effort of his that truly disappointed him came at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal (a calf injury doing him in).

* After 27 years of coaching at Penn State, it's reasonable to conclude Joe Paterno has seen everything. Not so. He admits being "perplexed that they [the Boston College Eagles] could do to us what they did in the last four minutes of the first half Saturday." Translation: score three touchdowns on the way to a 35-32 triumph. "I think the players were perplexed, too. I haven't figured out how to react to it yet. I'm anxious to see us play this week [to check out the reaction]."

* Quotes: "Being an old man is something I look forward to," says Michael Jordan in his new book, "Hang Time: Days and Dreams with Michael Jordan," excerpted in the November issue of Life magazine. We'll see. . . . Speaking of age, golfer Bobby Brue says, "What's nice about the Senior PGA Tour is you can't remember your bad shots." . . . And giving equal time to youth, Philadelphia Flyers wunderkind Eric Lindros took a look at the new rules in hockey and said: "What we have to do now is figure out how we're going to cheat. They may call it strategy or whatever, but it's cheating."

* Imagine Muhammad Ali, once the Count of Outrageousness, being offered millions by filmmaker Oliver Stone for his cooperation in the making of a movie about the ring legend and turning it down. "He wants to make my story sensational," said Ali, "and that's not my way no more." Of course, an Ali profile would have to deal in sensation to be truthful.

* While Toronto's Ed Sprague was the 23rd player to hit a home run in his first at-bat in the World Series, Baltimore is well represented on the list: Brooks Robinson (1966), Don Buford (1969), Doug DeCinces (1979), Jim Dwyer (1983). . . . Michael Spinks is thinking about a ring comeback to fight Larry Holmes? Someone please announce he's kidding. . . . UCLA is dead last in the Pac-10, be serious. . . . Glenn Miller fans love the number of the Ramada Pennsylvania Hotel in New York: Pennsylvania 6-5000.

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