GUV KO'S IRON MIKE: Mike Tyson got a boxing license in New Jersey, but it isn't worth much now. Tyson, licensed to fight by state athletic commissioner Larry Hazzard Monday, apparently has no prospective venues now that Gov. James E. McGreevey has vowed to block him from state facilities.
Traditionally, big-name boxing matches in New Jersey are sponsored by Atlantic City casinos. But the biggest casino showrooms seat 5,000 people or less, which is too small to support a Tyson fight.
PITTMAN SUSPENDED: Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman was suspended by the NFL without pay for three games and fined an additional two games' pay Tuesday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Pittman was indicted last June in Arizona on two counts of aggravated assault for intentionally ramming his sport-utility vehicle into a car carrying his wife, 2-year-old son and the couple's baby sitter.
BABE'S BAT: The bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium more than 80 years ago will be put up for auction in October.
The bat is expected to be sold for a seven-figure sum. The sale possibly could exceed the original cost to build Yankee Stadium — $2.5 million.
LACKEY DROPS APPEAL: Anaheim pitcher John Lackey dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension he received from the commissioner's office and began serving the penalty Tuesday night.
Lackey was fined and suspended for throwing consecutive brushback pitches at Toronto's Simon Pond on May 24 after three of his teammates were hit earlier in the game.