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FAMED BOXING REFEREE MILLS LANE SUFFERS STROKE

Apr 3, 2002 5:50 AM

One of boxing most recognized and respected referees Mills Lane was hospitalized in Reno after suffering a stroke.

Lane, 64, was taken to the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center after being found unconscious in his home Monday morning, according to an Associated Press report.

"His condition has definitely shown improvement through the night," Dr. Philip Landis said Tuesday.

Lane's wife, Kay, was out of town when her husband was stricken.

Lane, a former district judge and NCAA boxing champion, gained national attention when he disqualified Mike Tyson for biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 bout at the MGM Grand.