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October 3, 1993

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Jim Courier and Boris Becker will head the challengers to defending champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia when $875,000 Australian Indoor championship begins Monday.

Ivanisevic, who beat Stefan Edberg of Sweden in last year’s final, recently returned to form with a win in the Romanian Open in Bucharest - his seventh career title.

Australian Open champion Courier, playing the tournament for the first time, heads the seedings for the 32-draw tournament and will face German qualifier Alexander Mronz in his first-round match on Monday night.

Becker, the winner in 1986 and 1990, faces Australian wild card Neil Borwick in his tournament opener. ---

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The Hambletonian Society and Cadillac Motor Car Division have announced a major sponsorship agreement for $3.5 million for the 1993 Breeders Crown championship harness racing series.

The series, comprised of 12 championship events, will be held at three sites this month and be called the Cadillac Breeders Crown.

It will begin with four open divisional championships Oct. 8 at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ontario. That will be followed by four Breeders Crown events for pacers Oct. 23 at Freehold Raceway in Freehold, N.J. And the series will conclude with four championship trotting events Oct. 29 at Pompano Harness Track in Pompano Beach, Fla. ---

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Perhaps it was an omen of things to come for Missouri Tiger fans: a hot air balloon shaped like a football, sagging and sinking in flight just before kickoff near Faurot Field.

The plummeting bag snagged on oak branches on a nearby hillside. Smashing through early autumn foliage, the wicker gondola came to rest on a steep slope.

Columbia balloonist Tom Rote insisted the incident was not a crash. He described it as ″a landing that occurred a lot sooner than I wanted.″

The balloon had been aloft about 15 minutes before dropping to the ground between the football stadium and Providence Point, the official residence of university president George Russell.

King said his balloon flight and landing was a metaphor for the football game, which ended 10-10 as Southern Methodist blocked an attempted field goal that would have won it for the Tigers. ---

TOKYO (AP) - Americans Jack Howell and Jesse Barfield are doing well in Japanese baseball. Howell homered Sunday as the Central League’s front-running Yakult Swallows blanked the Yokohama Baystars 8-0 at Yokohama.

Howell, formerly with the San Diego Padres, has 28 homers.

Barfield, formerly with the New York Yankees, drove in all three runs for the Tokyo Giants - 6-3 losers to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp - with a home run and a single. Barfield has 24 homers this season.

Hiroshima’s Marty Brown, formerly with the Cincinnati Reds, doubled home two runs in the six-run fifth inning. ---

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Army split end Paul Andrzejewski says he’s been thinking about the Liberty Bowl since last spring.

Now that the Cadets (3-1) are off to their best start since their last bowl appearance, does he think Army will be playing in mid-December?

″Ask me that question three weeks from now and I’ll tell you,″ said Andrzejewski, a senior who caught his first touchdown pass in Saturday’s 35-14 win over Akron (2-2). ″It’s always on our minds.″

Army still has long way to go to make the Liberty Bowl, which guarantees a spot to the top service academy so long as that team has at least six Division I-A victories.

Two of the Cadets’ wins have come against Division I-AA foes, Colgate and VMI, and their next three games are against Big East teams Temple, Rutgers and Boston College.

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