Is Jockey Club Speros' next foe?


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If and when Jim Speros of the Blue and Silvers on 33rd Street finally comes up with a good equine name for his team, will he have to clear it with the New York-based Jockey Club?

* What the Riddick Bowe fight proved beyond a shadow of a doubt the other night is that what happens in the ring is of little consequence. It's what's outside that counts. Calling a fight a "no contest" after Bowe KO'd Buster Mathis Jr. as he was kneeling on the floor is absolutely unconscionable and the New Jersey Boxing Commission head, Larry (Hap) Hazzard, should be let go. It's not his first hare-brained decision by a long shot.

Mathis Jr. weighed 325 pounds before getting serious about boxing. His dad once fought the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, etc., and he beat out Frazier for the 1964 Olympic team, but Smokin' Joe got the trip when Buster busted his hand. Senior once fought at 350, ballooned to 500 afterward and has been shedding weight for years due to health problems.

* One of the most gentle and soft-spoken men you could ever talk to was weightlifter Paul Anderson, who died yesterday at age 61 in Georgia of kidney failure and arthritis. He won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1956, is credited with once lifting 6,270 pounds with his back and ran three youth homes in the South the past several years.

* The president of Florida State, Talbot D'Alemberte, reacting to all the problems that have beset the national champion FSU football team, says the fine reputation of his school and its players have been besmirched by a group of greedy agents. And before agents came along, what was it, Tal?

* How bad is it when a half-dozen U.S. cities will do anything short

of booing Cal Ripken to latch onto an NFL franchise and the league (commissioner Paul Tagliabue) is off talking to Mexico City about joining up? Charming.

* If NBA commissioner David Stern, as he intends, thinks he can stop the Dream Team name from perpetuating as we send the latest set of marketable pros to formerly amateur tournaments on the international level (1996 Olympics in Atlanta), he's naive. The public will make the call and it sort of likes Roman numerals and sequels. Besides, who's he to make that decision?

* Carl Lewis bypassed the long jump at an international meet pitting the USA and Pan Africa over the weekend due to "a bad back and cold weather" and caught what-for from rival Mike Powell for not acting like a champion. While Powell is entitled to his opinion, taking shots at one of the four or five greatest track and field athletes of all time might be classified as ill-advised. By the way, Lewis, 33, is the defending Olympic champ.

* Even if she truly hates the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow for aesthetic reasons, something she has testified to numerous times, it's strange that Martina Navratilova couldn't gut it out one more time (for No. 22) in this her swan-song season as a singles

player. Heck, she could have prepared herself by attending Woodstock barefoot and sans money or credit cards.

* All players picked in the first round of the NFL draft in April have now agreed to terms and they were "inked to pacts" totaling 142 years and $165 million. At least the guys hauling down the big dough in baseball have proven something; these kids, nothing so far.

* In keeping with our obsession with records these days, this note: A recent game between the Expos and Dodgers (you remember baseball, don't you?) was broadcast in five languages -- English, French, Spanish, Korean and Mandarin Chinese (dialect unknown).

* News that the San Diego Padres suspended a couple of players on their Triple-A Las Vegas roster for being in a room in which a 19-year-old woman was shot to death reminded of how then diamond commissioner Bowie Kuhn handled a similar incident years ago. Cesar Cedeno was in a room in which a woman was shot, but Bowie said since it wasn't during the baseball season here he would take no action of any kind.

* Scott Milanovich appeared to avoid all but minor injuries last season when he didn't miss a game for Maryland, but the record-setting junior passer must have taken a few swipes upside the helmet suggesting the Terps gridders might win seven games this year.

* It wasn't too long ago that newspapers ran a "Record Alert," detailing the ballplayers who were having sensational years (mainly due to the juiced-up baseball). One of the best stretches was one detailing how Kenny Lofton of the Indians was on a pace to steal 86 bases, which someone figured was a definite threat to Rickey Henderson's 130 heists in 1982.

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