TOKYO (AP) _ The Yokohama Taiyo Whales defeated last year’s Japan Series champion Hanshin Tigers 8-7 on the 1986 season’s opening day Friday, while the defending Pacific League champion Seibu Lions edged the Nankai Hawks 5-4.
Carlos Ponce, a former minor leaguer, hit two home runs for Taiyo. American Randy Bass of the Tigers, last year’s league leader in batting, home runs and runs batted in, struck out three times and went hitless.
Warren Cromartie, formerly of the Montreal Expos, singled in the game- winning run during a five-run eighth inning as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Yakult Swallows 6-1.
NEW YORK (AP) - Defending champion Francie Larrieu-Smith, winner of 18 national titles, has entered the L’eggs Mini Marathon May 31 in Central Park, race director Fred Lebow announced Friday.
Last year, Larrieu-Smith won the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race in 32 minutes, 23 seconds, beating runner-up Grete Waitz of Norway by three seconds.
Larrieu-Smith also tied for first place with Betty Jo Springs in a 10- kilometer race last spring, beat Waitz in a 3,000-meter race on the track at San Jose, Calif. in 8:50.54, the fastest time of her career, and won the 10,000-meter title in the USA-Mobil Outdoor Championships.
This year, she was the second women’s finisher in the Houston Marathon in January, and her time of 2:33:36 was the fastest first marathon ever by an American woman.
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (AP) - Paddy Rossbach, who lost her left leg 42 years ago when she was run over by a truck in her native England, will head the field in Saturday’s David Lerner 10-Kilometer championship race.
Rossbach has founded a new program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, which provides physical therapy for young cancer patients who have undergone amputation. Proceeds from Saturday’s race will go to the Children’s Prothesis and Rehabilitation Foundation at the hospital.
Rossbach, a registered nurse, certified scuba diver, ski instructor and member of the Achilles Track Club, has competed in the New York City Marathon each of the past two years. Last year, she finished the 26-mile, 385-yard race in 5 hours, 15 minutes, the fastest time ever posted by a woman amputee in the event.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ron Slaymaker of Emporia State, Kan., has been chosen the men’s basketball Coach of the Year by the NAIA, it was announced Friday.
Emporia State posted a 31-5 record and won the Central States Intercollegiate Conference title. The Hornets then lost in the second round of the NAIA tournament to eventual champion David Lipscomb of Tennessee.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Left-handed pitcher Danny Jackson flew to Kansas City Friday to have his injured left ankle examined by team physician Paul Meyer, the Kansas City Royals said.
Jackson, who was scheduled to start against the New York Yankees next Thursday, injured the ankle while shagging balls. The team said they hoped Jackson would be able to start April 12.
″He’ll have it treated over the weekend and re-examined Monday,″ said Dean Vogelaar, public relations director.
″It’s just a twist,″ Jackson said.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox signaled that spring training sensation John Cangelosi would be their starting centerfielder by purchasing his contract Friday from their Buffalo farm club.
Spokesman Paul Jensen said the buyout of Cangelosi’s contract, coupled with the White Sox’ decision to option outfielder Daryl Boston to Buffalo, ″puts the kid in center field for opening day.″
Cangelosi was batting .347 in exhibition games through Thursday. He led the team in runs scored with 15, walks with 11, triples with 4, and had stolen 16 bases in 16 attempts.
The club also placed infielder-outfielder Luis Salazar of the 15-day disabled list. He is recovering from off-season knee surgery.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State University has hired Glen Korobov as an assistant basketball coach, school officials announced Friday.
Korobov, a 21-year coaching veteran, has been out of coaching the past two years.
He was a former head coach at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. From 1982-1984, Korobov was an assistant at St. Louis University.