Originally created 12/20/97

Overtime: Former champ gets upset win



Thulane "Sugar Boy" Malinga regained the WBC super-middleweight title at age 38 Friday with an upset but unanimous decision over previously unbeaten defending champion Robin Reid.

The 12,000 fans at London Arena greeted the decision in almost silent disbelief after the judges scored it 117-113, 115-114 and 117-112 in the South African's favor.

Reid had won the title from Italy's Vincenzo Nardiello, who had originally deposed Malinga. The South African had not fought since that loss a year ago.

After this unexpected win, Malinga is 42-10-0 and 26-year-old Reid is 25-1-1.

On the undercard, Ronald "Winky" Wright of the United States broke Adrian Dodson's nose and closed his left eye to force a sixth-round stoppage and hold on to his WBO light-middleweight title.

Eric Jamili won a world title in his first fight outside of the Philippines when he stopped Britain's Mickey Cantwell in eight rounds to capture the WBO strawweight championship.

Barry Jones, an unbeaten Welshman, cut Wilson Palacio in the fourth and jabbed his way to the WBO super-featherweight championship, scoring a convincing, unanimous points decision over the Colombian.

BASKETBALL: The Atlanta Hawks announced that they had reactivated forward Anthony Miller from the injured list and released guard Randy Livingston.

Miller had been on the injured list since Dec. 9 with a back injury.

OLYMPICS: Slovakia filed the first official bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics six weeks before the Feb. 1 deadline.

Sion, Switzerland, also has said it will apply. Other possible candidates for the games are Klagenfurt, Austria, linked with Italy and Slovenia; Jaca, Spain; Cortina and Turin, Italy; Zakopane, Poland; Helsinki, Finland, in a bid combined with Lillehammer, Norway; and Changchun, China.

BOWLING: Brett Prye, 26, was substituting for a friend in the Direct Car Rental Sales League at Northside Lanes in North Augusta last Tuesday night. If the friend doesn't look out, Prye could become a permanent sub after bowling his first 300 game.

Prye, who averages 207 in the league, bowled 300-215-202 -- 717. "I was so happy with that first game that the others didn't really matter," said Prye, who's bowled for 18 years, mostly in the Waynesboro, Pa., area. He moved to Augusta four years ago. Watching the John Deere employee's feat was his wife, Dawn. His previous best was 288.

BASEBALL: Harold Baines, Baltimore's designated hitter last season, agreed Friday to a $1.15 million, one-year contract -- the same amount as his base salary in 1997.

Baines, 38, hit .301 with 16 homers and 67 RBI last season for the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox.

  • Closer Heathcliff Slocumb, traded from Boston to Seattle last July 31, agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with the Mariners,
  • Slocumb, 32, had 10 saves in 11 opportunities with the Mariners, including all six of his chances in September.

  • The Chicago White Sox traded two relief pitchers for shortstop Benji Gil of the Texas Rangers.
  • In return for the 25-year-old Gil, the Rangers receive relievers Al Levine and Larry Thomas.

  • Florida Marlins third baseman Bobby Bonilla underwent surgery on his left wrist to repair ligament tears.
  • Bonilla's wrist will be in a cast for seven weeks and he will then use a splint for conditioning.

  • A day after signing Scott Karl to a $7 million, three-year contract, the Milwaukee Brewers agreed with left-hander Mike Myers on a two-year deal worth $1,325,000.
  • Florida got rid of yet another player, trading infielder Kurt Abbott to the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Eric Ludwick.
  • After refusing to exercise his 1998 option, the New York Yankees reversed course and agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract with Tim Raines.
  • New York also agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with third baseman Scott Brosius and a $1.8 million, two-year contract with left-hander Graeme Lloyd.

  • Pitcher Matt Anderson, the Detroit Tigers' first-round draft pick, agreed to sign Friday for a bonus believed to be in excess of $2.5 million.
  • Catcher Brian Johnson and San Francisco agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.
  • A Cobb County Ga. State Court jury decided not to award damages in a civil suit involving former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ron Gant.
  • Connie Mack IV, son of Sen. Connie Mack III, R-Fla., filed suit against Gant in a 1992 bar fight in an Atlanta suburb.

    After eight hours of deliberations over two days, the jury found that Gant, who still lives in the Atlanta area, started the fight but was not responsible for injuries to Mack.