It’s a topic they’ve danced around at times, and the latest two-step comes from Evander Holyfield, who says he would be game to face Mike Tyson a third time ‘‘if he wants to.’’ Their combined age may be 110, but both men are in fighting shape and are planning to fight for charity, which makes it all the more natural that they might face one another again. Holyfield, 57, won both previous heavyweight bouts in the 1990s, including the 1997 fight in which Tyson was disqualified for biting a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear. Holyfield, 57, said he’d be up to go three rounds with Tyson but is reluctant to bring it up. ‘‘If I ask him, it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,’’ he said on BBC Radio’s 5 Live. Tyson seems willing to go a few rounds with Holyfield. ‘‘That would be awesome for charity,’’ Tyson said last week on ‘‘TMZ Live.’’ ‘‘Can you imagine me and him going in the ring together? . . . I’m in good shape. I feel really good.’’ And fighting Holyfield for charity ‘‘could help a lot of people that’s in need for help.’’
More 'Last Dance’ fallout, this time on Isiah Thomas
Maybe this will put an end to the lingering debate, reignited by ESPN’s ‘‘The Last Dance’’ documentary, over whether Michael Jordan refused to play for the 1992 Olympic Dream Team if Isiah Thomas were chosen. In somewhat murky audio of a 2011 interview with the author of a book on the fabled team, Jordan says as much, and Jack McCallum, whose ‘‘Dream Team’’ book was published in 2012, backs that up. ‘‘Rod Thorn [chairman of the Olympic team selection committee and the Chicago Bulls’ former general manager] called me,’’ Jordan said in the audio snippet from the Dream Team Tapes podcast with McCallum. ‘‘I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘You know what? Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So Isiah is not going to be part of the team.’ ’’ Chuck is Chuck Daly, Thomas’ coach with the Detroit Pistons and the Dream Team coach, and he preferred to let Thorn’s committee choose the players. In “The Last Dance” documentary, which Jordan helped produce, he denied that he wanted Thomas left off the roster, although it was clear that he does not like Thomas.
Rams CB Ramsey says he won’t hold out
Jalen Ramsey says he will definitely report to training camp with the Los Angeles Rams for the final year of his rookie contract. And while he didn’t confirm how he’ll get there, Ramsey probably won’t feel the need to show up in an armored bank truck this time. The Rams have said they realize Ramsey deserves to be one of the NFL’s highest-paid cornerbacks ever since they acquired him from Jacksonville last season. In turn, Ramsey has done everything possible to be worthy of a megadeal, receiving his third Pro Bowl nod last fall before earning his coaches’ trust and praise during the current offseason. It all adds up to strong optimism on both sides while Ramsey’s representatives work on his long-term deal with the Rams. “It will get handled,” Ramsey said Tuesday in a video conference call.
Chase Elliott ends Kyle Busch’s truck streak
Chase Elliott snapped Kyle Busch’s seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty for beating NASCAR’s most successful truck driver Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick announced before the race he would donate $50,000 to Covid-19 relief for any full-time Cup driver who finished ahead of Busch. Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Gander RV & Outdoors, which sponsors the Truck Series, agreed to match Harvick’s pledge, bringing the total to $100,000 for pandemic relief. Elliott rubbed a little salt in the wound after the race, borrowing Busch’s celebratory bow. “Hopefully nobody gets their feelings hurt over it,” he said.