VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) _ Lightweight boxer Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist who broke his left foot two weeks ago, says he plans to enter the boxing ring anyway Dec. 21 - to get married.
Whitaker had been scheduled to fight at the Virginia Beach Pavilion on a nationally televised card that day with four other former Olympians - Mark Breland, Tyrell Biggs, Meldrick Taylor and Evander Holyfield.
″I’m going to get married in there,″ Whitaker said Thursday. Whitaker, 21, said his wedding to Rovanda Anthony of Norfolk will take place following the five eight-round bouts that Saturday.
″I always wanted a church wedding,″ said his finacee, ″but since we can’t seem to keep Pete out of the boxing ring, I guess this is the best place.″
LONDON (AP) - Argentina wants to send its national soccer team to Glasgow for a World Cup warm-up match against Scotland in what would be the biggest sporting breakthrough between the South American country and Britain since the Falklands war three years ago.
The Daily Mail newspaper said Friday that Argentine representatives had approached Scotland about the proposed game after the Scots had eliminated Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday and clinched the last of the 24 places at next summer’s World Cup finals in Mexico.
The newspaper said Scottish Football Association secretary Ernie Walker intends discussing a date, possibly March 26, when officials meet in Mexico City for the World Cup draw on Dec. 15.
″We have always had good relations with the Argentines and this would be a step in the right direction,″ the Mail quoted Walker as saying. ″They are a class side and we would love to have them at Hampden Park.″
A foreign office spokesman told the newspaper the government would have ″no misgivings about a sporting contact like this.″
Although diplomatic relations between Britain and Argentina have not yet been restored since the Falklands War, many Argentinian sportsmen, including soccer players, have competed individually in Britain while a Welsh women’s hockey team has been out to Argentina.
NEW YORK (AP) - Louis ″Kid″ Kaplan, a late world featherweight boxing champion, was among six former athletes named Friday to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Kaplan, who held the featherweight title from 1925 to 1927, was the lone American named by the international selection committee.
Also selected were three fencers, Endre Kabos, a Hungarian who won Olympic gold medals in sabre competition in 1932 and 1936, Yakov Rylsky of the Soviet Union, the world sabre champion in 1958, 1961 and 1963 and a member of the Soviet’s gold medal-winning team at the 1964 Olympics, and Iran Osiier, who represented Denmark at seven Olympics from 1908 to 1948.
Also named were flyweight boxer Victor Perez, who was born in Tunisia in 1911 and died in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942, and Hungarian Ferenc Mezo, an Olympic sports historian who died in 1955.
The Hall is located at the Wingate School of Physical Education in Netanya, Israel, where the six will be inducted early next year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ahmad Rashad, the football broadcaster who proposed to actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen on one television network, announced the wedding date Friday on another.
Rashad, a former National Football League wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings before turning to broadcasting, had proposed to Miss Ayers-Allen during a pregame program on NBC on Thanksgiving Day from Pontiac, Mich., where the New York Jets were playing the Detroit Lions.
Ayers-Allen, who plays the wife of Bill Cosby on a situation-comedy television show and had been doing NBC coverage of the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York earlier in the day, said yes from an NBC studio in New York at halftime.
On Friday, the couple appeared on ABC’s ″Good Morning America″ program. Urged by an interviewer to use television again to announce when they will wed, Ayers-Allen demurred, but Rashad, a former wide receiver, grabbed the ball and ran with it.
″Jan. 18,″ he said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Doctors cannot immediately determine whether surgery was successful to save the sight in the left eye of the Fort Wayne Komets’ Hector Marini, injured during an International Hockey Lague game with the Indianapolis Checkers, a Methodist Hospital spokeswoman said today.
Marini’s eye was ruptured by a shot in Thursday night’s game by teammate Doug Rigler. The Komets won, 7-4.
″We don’t know yet whether the vision will be completely restored,″ said Methodist spokeswoman Brenda Cook. ″That will be after the patch is off and he can tell the doctors whether he can see out of it.″ She did not know when that would be.
Marini, a wingman originally with the Checkers, had played but six games with the Komets since being assigned there from Maine of the American Hockey League.