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August 2, 1986

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Pirates have reduced ticket prices by more than half for their remaining weekday games in hopes of attracting more fans.

General admission tickets will sell for $1 apiece, compared to $2.50 before. Only those 16 and under previously were able to buy the $1 tickets.

Fans purchasing terrace reserved seats for $6 will be able to buy a second ticket for $1.

The discounts will not be in effect for weekend games or a Friday, Aug. 22 game against the Atlanta Braves that will be followed by a fireworks display.

The Pirates finished last in the National League East in 1984 and 1985. They entered today’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals 2 1/2 games behind the fifth-place Chicago Cubs.

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Randy Smyth and Jim Hill finished a 70-mile leg of the Pacific 1,000 catamaran race in 9 hours, 53 minutes, 13 seconds as the first of only two boats to arrive by early evening after sailing around Santa Cruz Island.

Winds were approximately 22 knots when the boats left Santa Barbara on the most difficult course of the event, which began July 23 and ends Monday.

Smyth, of Huntington Beach, Calif., reported seeing competitors capsizing behind him. Smyth and Hill, of San Francisco, chose an offshore course around the west side of the island. An 18-knot wind brought them back to the mainland.

The second boat in Friday evening took an inside course around the island. The boat, crewed by Southern Californians Stephanie Elliott of Newport Beach, Diana Riggs of Long Beach and Theresa Funaro of Cerritos, finished in 10:01:30.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Commissioner Harry Usher of the United States Football League says owners of the league’s eight teams will decide Monday on the USFL’s future.

″The way we’re set up now, with training camps scheduled to open Aug. 13 and 14, and the season scheduled to begin Sept. 13, we have to make a decision Monday,″ Usher said during taping of KCBS’ ″Newsmakers″ show, which will be shown Sunday.

A federal court jury in New York awarded the USFL damages of just $3 after deciding on Tuesday that the National Football League had violated antitrust laws.

Usher did not offer his opinion of what the owners would decide.

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NAGAOKA, Japan (AP) - Hawaii’s David Ishii fired a 6-under-par 66 and took the lead with a 12-under-par 204 after today’s third round of the $224,000 NST Niigata Open golf tournament.

In clear sunny weather, Ishii carded seven birdies and one bogey on the 6,920-yard, par-72 Nagaoka Country Club course, 120 miles northwest of Tokyo.

Japan’s Seiichi Kanai was second, two strokes behind Ishii. Kanai shot four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under-par 70 and a 54-hole score of 10-under- par 206.

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