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Boxing

TYSON LOSES HIS TEMPER: Mike Tyson was unable to control the temper that got him banned from boxing as he swore in front of regulators who will decide whether he can return to the ring.

Appearing before the New Jersey Athletic Control Board to get a boxing license to resume his career, Tyson first choked back tears as he apologized for biting Evander Holyfield's ears in their title fight last year. At the end of his 35-minute appearance, his mood soured with continual bite questions.

Cycling

TOUR DE FRANCE: The 17th stage of the Tour de France was nullified after riders either dropped out or slowed the race in protest. The Dutch team TVM, implicated in the drug scandal overshadowing the tour, led the pack across the line holding hands. The stage ended more than two hours late.

Goodwill Games

SWIMMING: Germany beat the United States by 1.25 seconds in the 400-meter freestyle relay to win the men's dual meet. The United States led by three points going into the final race, but the relays are worth seven points for the winner and none for the loser. Germany won 63-59.

U.S. breaststroke specialist Kurt Grote set a games record in the 100 and captured the 200 by three seconds.

In figure skating, former world champion Todd Eldredge took the lead after the men's short program, ahead of Russia's Alexei Urmanov and Evgeni Plushenko. Americans Michael Weiss and Timothy Goebel were fifth and sixth.