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FOR WAYNE GRETZKY there was no fairy-tale finale, no last goal. "The Great One" signed off his magnificent 21-year National Hockey League career with an assist as his New York Rangers team lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime.

Sports Letters: Bad behaviour

Sir: Nothing to do with the eventual result, of course, but have you given any thought to the fact that the patriotic American public (and, perhaps, a patriotic American judge) at Madison Square Garden may not have taken too kindly to their national anthem being roundly booed by British fans while our anthem was greeted with respect.

On Location: Frank Bruno and the art of bagel making

THE FRENETIC industry of the all-night bagel shop was only brought to a halt by Frank Bruno. The shop, at the top of Brick Lane in London's East End, reaches its weekly climax at about four o'clock on Sunday morning. Because anyone going out for a bagel at that time is certain to be at least slightly interesting. Dull suburban couples, for instance, wouldn't survive the strain were one partner to suggest that "This week dear, instead of Sunday afternoon at the Harvester, why don't we go to a bagel shop at four in the morning?".

Judges `rob' Lewis of world title

THERE WERE calls for Lennox Lewis to be awarded an instant rematch against Evander Holyfield after the fight between the two world heavyweight champions at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night ended in a controversial draw. Lewis, who had waited 10 years for his chance to win the undisputed title, will now have to wait a little longer to rectify what he and his camp see as a serious injustice.

Boxing: US judge bears brunt of criticism

WHEN THE final bell sounded at Madison Square Garden shortly after midnight on Saturday, the many thousands who crossed the Atlantic to support Lennox Lewis sent up a cheer in the confident belief that their man had done enough to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

Boxing: Lewis scales the heights

LENNOX LEWIS weighed in yesterday at 246lb, some 31lb more than Evander Holyfield for their heavyweight unification fight at Madison Square Garden tomorrow.

Boxing: Rhetoric does not ruffle Lewis

'I never said Holyfield was a hypoquit. I said he was a hypocrite. This fight will show who the best heavyweight is'

Boxing: Unification cannot stop heavyweight decline

IF LENNOX LEWIS and Evander Holyfield are bringing some of the aura of old-time fight nights back to Madison Square Garden this week nobody should get carried away by the notion that boxing is on an upward curve after more than a decade of chaotic, self-serving administration.

Boxing: Holyfield aims for an early knockout

TWO DAYS before his first win over Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield quietly told his trainer Don Turner that he would win. Most people expected Tyson to trounce him. Now Holyfield has let the world know that Lennox Lewis faces an early exit from the biggest fight of his career.

Boxing: Boxing's Garden of champions

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Boxing: `Bigger is better' as Lewis prepares

LENNOX LEWIS expects to have a three-stone advantage by the time he climbs into the ring on 13 March for his world heavyweight title unification fight with Evander Holyfield. "I'm a big man, and I'm staying big," the World Boxing Council champion said from his training headquarters in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, last night.

Boxing: Foreman may be in Tyson's sights

AFTER DEFEATING Francois Botha with a single stunning punch at the end of the fifth round of a generally reputable contest in Las Vegas on Saturday, Mike Tyson is now two or, at the most, three fights away from the chance to regain his world heavyweight title.

Tennis: Graf ousted by Davenport

TOP SEED Lindsay Davenport reasserted her claim to the world No 1 ranking by halting the resurgent Steffi Graf in the semi-finals of the season-ending Chase Championships here yesterday.

Tennis: Spirlea slices through Van Roost's defences

IN THE first quarter-final of the women's end of season finale, the Chase Championships, the Romanian Irina Spirlea comfortably defeated Dominique Van Roost, of Belgium, 6-2, 6-3 in 54 minutes at Madison Square Garden, New York, last night.
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