Sport: Hamas v. Schmeling

Two years ago when a referee at a Madison Square Garden bout gave Jack Sharkey a decision over Max Schmeling for the world's heavyweight championship, Schmeling's manager swore never to fight for the Garden again. His vindictiveness had two results: 1) Instead of Sharkey, whom he might have beaten, Schmeling last summer fought Max Baer and was knocked out. 2) Instead of aging Tommy Loughran, whom he might have fought in Miami, Schmeling was matched in Philadelphia last week with young Steve Hamas, onetime Penn State footballer.

A three-to-one favorite, Schmeling started slowly, landed...

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