Sport: The week in review

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LENNOX LEWIS, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 representing Canada, becomes the first British-born boxer this century to hold a version of the world heavyweight title when the World Boxing Council strips the champion, Riddick Bowe, of its belt for refusing to defend against the Londoner who beat him in Seoul. Bowe, on a visit to London to present Nigel Mansell with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, dumps the belt in a bin.

In further pugilistic activity, Ian Wright, the Arsenal and England striker, faces a ban and a possible fine after he is charged with misconduct by the Football Association for allegedly swinging a punch at Tottenham's David Howells. Gordon Durie, on the other hand, is cleared of a charge of feigning injury by an FA appeals committee. Crystal Palace, Wright's former club, score an extra-time winner against Liverpool in the fourth round of the Coca-Cola Cup.

Damon Hill, the son of Graham, the former world champion, is given a drive with Williams-Renault for the 1993 Formula One season, when he will partner another former champion, the Frenchman Alain Prost.

England's subcontinental cricket tour is given the green light by the Foreign Office, which guarantees the safety of the players in the wake of religious unrest in India which caused the death of more than 1,200 people.

Michael Stich, Germany's former Wimbledon men's singles champion, banks the biggest cheque of his chequered career by beating Michael Chang, of the United States, in the final of the Grand Slam Cup in Munich. The first prize of dollars 2m ( pounds 1.3m) represents an earning rate of dollars 59.70 a second during the three-set match and is five times as much as the amount Stich received for his victory at Wimbledon last year.

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