New Zealand authorities canceled an entry visa for Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion and convicted rapist, days after Prime Minister John Key spoke out against his planned visit.
Tyson’s visa is canceled
by New Zealand authorities
In a reversal, Mike Tyson has been denied entry to the country whose indigenous Maori people he says inspired his facial tattoo.
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New Zealand authorities canceled an entry visa for the former heavyweight champion and convicted rapist, days after Prime Minister John Key spoke out against his planned visit.
Tyson, 46, earlier had been granted an exemption to New Zealand immigration rules to speak at a November charitable event, “Day of the Champions.” Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction in the United States normally would have made him ineligible to enter New Zealand.
Kate Wilkinson, associate immigration minister, said the original decision to let Tyson visit was “a finely balanced call” and added the charity that would have benefited from his appearance had withdrawn its support.
Host Nicklaus declines offer
to serve as assistant captain
Jack Nicklaus had a chance to be more than a host at the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
U.S. captain Fred Couples, a Seattle native, asked the iconic 18-time major-championship winner to be an assistant captain on the American side. But Nicklaus turned him down because he plans to be a cordial, uninvolved and unhurried host for the event at the course he designed.
“Freddie paid me a nice compliment by his suggestion,” Nicklaus said. “It was very thoughtful of him. I would love to, but I simply can’t. I have duties as host, so that would not be the right thing to do.”
Couples said he also asked NBA legend Michael Jordan to serve as one of his three assistants but rated the possibility of him accepting as remote. Golfer Jay Haas accepted an offer to be an assistant.
Olazabal is one and done
Describing the role as “torture” at times, victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain ruled out the possibility of being Europe’s captain again in 2014.
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Gay has added incentive
Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay said he will remember being cut from the Olympic team for the rest of his career.
“They can word it however they want. Being left off, being cut, whatever,” said Gay, 26. “I feel like that’s one of the things I can keep in my mind to make me move on.”
Gay worked hard in the offseason.
“I think I can give so much more, whether that’s defense or offense,” he said. “I feel like I can give so much more, and I will.”
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