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February 19, 1996

CALCUTTA, India (AP) _ Japan’s Hidezumi Shirikata shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory in the Asian Tour’s Indian Open.

Shirikata, who earned $49,980, had an 11-under 277 total on the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course. India’s Jyoti Randhawa (69) and Basad Ali (69) tied for second with Sweden’s Daniel Chopra (70).

American Don Walsworth shot a 72 to finish fourth at 283, while Bob May (68), Ron Wuensche (69), Tom Barranger (71), Alan Bratton (73) and Mike Tschetter (74) were eight back at 285.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ Tony Goskowicz of New Berlin, Wis., and Amy Peterson of Maplewood, Minn., won overall titles Sunday in the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships.

Goskowicz won the 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meters and was second in the 500 to finish with 23 points. Andy Gabel of Northbrook, Ill., was second with 10.

Peterson, who had 16 points, won the 500 and 3,000 and finished second in the 1,500. Erin Porter of Saratoga Springs was second with 14.

The top five finishers qualify for the U.S. Short Track World Team, which will train in Lake Placid, N.Y., before competing in the World Championships in The Netherlands on March 1-3.

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HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) _ Christine Witty won the women’s title in the 27th World Sprint Speedskating Championships, setting a track record of 1 minute, 19.97 seconds in her second 1,000-meter victory.

Witty, 11th in the 500, had 161.170 points. Norway’s Edel Theres Hoiseth was second at 161.350, followed by Germany’s Franziska Schenk at 162.270.

Russia’s Sergei Klevchenja won the men’s title after winning his second 1,000. Japan’s Hiroyasu Shimizu, the 500 winner, was second at 146.135.

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HULL, Quebec (AP) _ Sweden’s Hakan Westin won the Keskinada Loppet 50-kilometer ski race Sunday, edging countrymen Mikael Isaksson and Valeri Rodokhlebov in the final stride.

Westin and Rodokhlebov were both timed in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 34 seconds and Isaksson finished a second behind.

``I felt very strong at the end today,″ said Westin, 31, who won his third title of the season on the Worldloppet circuit. ``The skis are not so fast when it’s cold like this. You have nothing for free.″

Austria’s Gudrun Pflager won the women’s race in 2:32.06.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Antespeed beat Cara Rafaela by 2 1/2 lengths Sunday in the $156,900 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

Antespeed, ridden by Chris Antley and owned by Jack Kent Cooke, covered a mile in 1:36 2-5 and paid $7.80, $2.80 and $2.40. Antespeed, the daughter of 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck, has six victories in seven starts.

Cara Rafaela returned $2.40 and $2.20 and Hidden Lake paid $2.80 to show.

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ Guy Forget beat Cedric Pioline 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday in the Marseille Open to extend his fellow Frenchman’s finals losing streak to nine matches.

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