Tyson to fight in June

WASHINGTON: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson announced that he will return to the boxing ring for the first time in nearly a year, fighting Irish-born journeyman Kevin McBride at the MCI Centre in June. “I just hope these people of Washington, DC, are prepared to handle this,” Tyson said. “It’s going to be a train wreck.” The 38-year-old Tyson, 50-5 with two no contests and 44 knockouts, lost two of his last three fights. Tyson has been training in Phoenix for three weeks. — AP

Dementieva cruises to win

Charleston: Second-seeded Elena Dementieva overcame early jitters to beat Alina Jidkova in the second round at the Family Circle Cup. Dementieva beat her fellow Russian 6-4, 6-4. Upset were sixth-seeded Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, who lost to Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, and No 12 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, ousted by Croatia’s Jelena Kostanic 6-4, 7-6. French No 15 Mary Pierce continued her comeback with a 6-3, 6-2 win over America’s Mashona Washington. — AP

Coria enters third round

MONTE CARLO: Defending champion Guillermo Coria of Argentina beat Thierry Ascione 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters. Coria, the 2004 French Open runner-up, won in just over an hour. Spain’s Alberto Martin — Coria’s next opponent — beat Jean-Rene Lisnard of France 6-1, 6-2, while 18-year-old Rafael Nadal dominated Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-0, 6-3. Another 18-year-old player, France’s Richard Gasquet, overcame Felix Mantilla 7-5, 6-1. — AP