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August 31, 1990

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Malaysia, a Moslem nation, says it will not join Arab countries should they carry out a threatened boycott of the Asian Games if Iraq is allowed to participate.

″Politics and sports are separate issues in this matter and should not be treated as one,″ said Najib Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister.

Najib said the United Nations Security Council had called on the world to impose economic sanctions against Iraq for its invasion of Kuwait, but said nothing about sports.

The Games are to be held in Beijing Sept. 22-Oct. 11.

Santiparp Techavanija, an official of the Olympic Council of Asia, said Thursday that 10 Arab nations had threatened to boycott the Games unless Iraq is barred.


BEIJING (AP) - China trounced the United States and the Soviet Union beat Cuba Friday in semifinals of the 11th World Volleyball Championship.

China is five-time defending world champion China and they Soviets are the Olympic champions. They play for the title Saturday.

China defeated the United States 15-7, 15-8, 15-7 and the Soviets downed Cuba 17-15, 15-7, 15-8.

China, led by veteran star Lang Ping, blanked the United States in only one hour, as the Americans gave up 15 points on mistakes.

The United States will play Cuba on Saturday for third place.


MONTREAL (AP) - Center Denis Savard, acquired by the Montreal Canadiens from the Chicago Blackhawks last June, has agreed to a contract for three years plus an option year.

Financial terms were not released by the Canadiens in making the announcement.

Savard, 29, last season became the 27th NHL player to score 1,000 career points. In 10 seasons with Chicago, he had 351 goals and 662 assists in 836 regular season games.

Montreal gave up defenseman Chris Chelios to get Savard.


MOTEGIMACHI, Japan (AP) - Ryoken Kawagishi shot a course record 6-under-par 64 Friday and stretched his lead to six strokes after two rounds of the Kanto Open golf tournament.

Kawagishi, who sank seven birdies and a bogey Friday, reached the 36-hole mark with a 139 - 10 under par.

He began Friday’s second round two strokes ahead of the nearest contender, Yutaka Hagawa.

″I don’t consider six shots a lead. Anything can happen unless I have more than 10 strokes,″ Kawagishi said.

He joined the Japan PGA Tour last October after winning five amateur and student titles.

Hagawa had his second straight 68 to remain alone in second place.


SUSONO, Japan (AP) - Mayumi Hirase and Mutsuko Maekawa shared a one-stroke lead after both fired 4-under-par 69s Friday in the opening round of the Fuji Sankei Ladies Classic.

Hirase won three tournaments as a rookie last year but is winless so far this season.

Ritsu Imahori as alone in third place.

American Cindy Figg-Currier, who finished fifth in the LPGA Championship in July, scattered three birdies and two bogeys to tie with fifth others for eighth at 1-under-par 72 with five others.

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