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Fenech folds Down Under...The son also falls...A big scare for the Stilt

Australian boxer Jeff Fenech's dreams of revenge. In front of 38,000 of his countrymen, at Melbourne's Princes Park football grounds, Fenech faced WBC super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson, of Ghana, in a rematch of their fight last June in Las Vegas—a hard-fought draw many thought Fenech had won. "I'm fighting for the whole country; I'll get the job done," promised Fenech before the bout. He was subsequently knocked down three times and stopped in the eighth round by the inspired Nelson. "The Australians laughed at me," said the champion, "but I showed them."

With tears of joy, 19-year-old Jenny Thompson, of Dover, N.H., after she set a world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. "It was the first time I've cried because I was happy," said Thompson, whose time of 54.48 seconds in a semifinal heat broke the mark of 54.73 held by Kristin Otto, formerly of East Germany. The first U.S. swimmer to set the record since Helene Madison in 1931, Thompson was surprised at her own performance. "Other people get world records," she said. "Not me." That same evening, in the 100-meter finals, Thompson swam 54.63, the second-fastest time ever, and qualified for the Olympic team.

In his father's skid marks, daredevil Robbie Knievel, the son of legendary Snake River Canyon crasher Evel Knievel. Robbie wiped out while attempting a world-record motorcycle jump over 25 pickup trucks, in Cerritos, Calif. Following the accident, in which Knievel bounced off the 22nd truck, he was treated for abrasions to his buttocks at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and released. According to Jerry Deuby, a representative of the car dealership where the record attempt was made, "We're supposed to invite him back, but you know what? I doubt it."

The sexual harassment suit brought by former Boston Herald sports writer Lisa Olson against the New England Patriots, various team officials and three players, for an undisclosed sum. Olson, now working as a feature writer for a newspaper in Australia, says she will donate the majority of the settlement money to start a journalism scholarship fund, possibly at Northern Arizona University, her alma mater. "I just want to get on with my life and do the job I've been trained to do," says Olson. "I don't want to be the news anymore."

Laid Up
With cardiac arrhythmia, NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. On hand at the Forum for a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, Chamberlain, 55, complained of gastric pain and a racing heart. The Big Dipper was taken to a nearby hospital, where he remained under observation for three days, and then was sent home wearing a heart monitor. The Knicks, on the other hand, were found to have no heartbeat after being humiliated 81-68 in coach Pat Riley's first game in the Forum since he left the Lakers following the 1989-90 season.



Nelson (left) spoiled Fenech's homecoming.