Michael Moorer and Ramzi Hassan will fight in Cleveland Dec. 3 for the Continental America's Light Heavyweight title, promoters announced. Moorer, 21, from Monessen, Pa., has won all 11 of his professional fights by knockout. Hassan, 25, from San Diego, is 25-4, with four knockouts. He is ranked sixth by the World Boxing Council. College Four players, including University of Nebraska outside linebacker Broderick Thomas, were named finalists for the 19th annual Lombardi 'College Lineman of the Year' Award. The others include defensive tackle Mark Messner of the University of Michigan, defensive tackle Tracy Rocker of Auburn and linebacker Derrick Thomas of the University of Alabama. The four, all seniors, were chosen the best 1988 college football linemen based on voting by a 227-member national selection committee of college football coaches, sportswriters and sportscasters. The four finalists and their coaches are slated to attend the 19th annual Lombardi Award Dinner in Houston Dec. 8. More than 1,200 guests are expected to attend the dinner, at which a 40-pound granite trophy will be awarded. ... Former Ohio State basketball and baseball star Dr. Paul Ebert will receive the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award, the highest honor the association can confer on an individual. Ebert, who will receive the award at the NCAA's convention at San Francisco in January, is a 1954 graduate of Ohio State and is recognized as a leading authority in children's thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He has been the director of the American College of Surgeons since 1986.
Ebert earned all-America honors in both basketball and baseball in 1954 while at Ohio State. Cycling The Milan-San Remo Classic in Italy next March 18 has been chosen as the opening race of the new 13-race World Cup. The World Cup was designed as an individual and team competition, much like the World Cup of skiing. Participants will be chosen from the top 20 teams of 1988, based on International Cycling Federation points lists. Football New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Aundray Bruce were named the NFC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Hebert completed 20 of 23 passes for 194 yards and three TDs in the Saints' 42-0 rout of Denver. Bruce, the No. 1 overall choice in last spring's NFL draft, compiled two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery that led to the winning touchdown in the Falcons' 12-6 victory over the Raiders. ...Cincinnati running back James Brooks and Buffalo Bills nose tackle Fred Smerlas were named the AFC Players of the Week. Brooks carried 16 times for 148 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati's 38-24 triumph over Dallas. Smerlas blocked the potential winning 40-yard field goal by Pat Leahy of the Jets with 25 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bills went on to win 9-6 in overtime. ... An undetermined number of Buffalo playoff tickets will go on sale to the general public sometime in mid to late-December. Golf Jack Nicklaus says his back problems have been cleared up at least temporarily by a procedure called a 'facet block' and he will play this weekend in the Skins Game television event at LaQuinta, Calif. ... Frank Hannigan resigned as senior executive director of the U.S. Golf Association. His resignation will become effective Feb. 4 when the USGA holds its annual meeting. David B. Fay will be promoted from assistant executive director of the USGA to acting senior executive director. Gymnastics The U.S. Gymnastics Federation will pay more than $1 million to the nation's top gymnasts to subsidize their training expenses. Top female and male gymnasts will receive $16,000 each from the federation in 1989, with annual increases of $1,000 until 1992, said Mike Jacki, executive director of the federation. Harness Racing Herve Filion rode three winners at Freehold Raceway to move within 17 of Michel Lachance's all-time victory record of 770 in a single season, set in 1986. Only Filion and Lachance have won more than 700 races in a single season. Filion is the winningest driver in all of horse racing with 11,157 career victories. ... Jaguar Spur drew the third position for Saturday night's $250,000 William Haughton Memorial final at Yonkers Raceway and was tabbed the 7-5 early favorite. Tennis Henri Leconte of France and Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland clinched the final two berths in the Nabisco Masters Wednesday when they won their matches and Aaron Krickstein lost. Leconte defeated Diego Nargiso 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, in the Belgian Indoor Championships at Brussels and Hlasek won his match from Alberto Tous 6-1, 7-5. Krickstein, meantime, was beaten in the second round of a tournament at Itaparica, Brazil, by Javier Sanchez 6-1, 7-6 (7-3). ... As a result of the 91 aces registered at last week's Virginia Slims Championships, General Foods International Coffees donated $9,100 to the Salvation Army. Tournament champion Gabriela Sabatini was the leader with 18 aces, followed by Pam Shriver with 16 and Martina Navratilova with 15. Weightlifting Two Hungarian weightlifters who failed drug tests at the Seoul Olympics have been banned from competing in Hungarian weightlifting competitions for a year. The ban on the two athletes -- Kalman Csengeri and Andor Szanyi -- follows a two-year suspension from international competition by the International Weightlifting Federation. Both athletes have claimed they only took vitamin preparations prescribed by Weightlifting Federation doctors.