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January 24, 1996

SINGAPORE (AP) _ Greg Norman has a chest infection that could keep him out of the Johnnie Walker Classic that starts Thursday.

Norman, ranked No. 1 in the world, has been resting for two days since arriving from India, the organizers said Wednesday.

``Although his condition has improved, he is still unsure if he will he can make it,″ they said in a prepared statement.

Fred Couples will defend his title in the $925,000 tournament at Tanah Merah Country Club. John Daly is also entered.

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Injured Russian Is Top-Rated Among Juniors By NHL Scouts

TORONTO (AP) _ Two days after breaking his ankle, Alexandre Volchkov of the Barrie Colts was listed No. 1 in the NHL Central Scouting’s mid-season ranking of junior players eligible for the entry draft.

The left-winger from Moscow is expected to be out for four to six weeks following the injury suffered in a practice Monday.

The Russian, a first-year player with Barrie, had 34 goals and 21 assists in 34 games this season.

Second on the Central Scouting list released Wednesday was defenseman Chris Phillips of the Prince Albert Raiders. Third was Moose Jaw center Matt Higgins.

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Womens’ Downhill, Super-Gs Canceled at Crans Montana

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) _ Mild weather has forced cancellation of two World Cup ski races this weekend in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana.

``Although the organizing committee made huge efforts _ even bringing in snow by helicopter - conditions today when we checked the course today were absolutely not sufficient,″ said spokeswoman for the International Ski Federation, Sonja Reichen Wednesday.

Lack of snow has troubled the World Cup schedule all season.

Sunday’s slalom at St. Gervais in France had to be moved to Serre Chevalier, also in France.

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Weather Knocks Out Downhill Ski Runs at Sestriere

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) _ Fog and fresh snow wiped out downhill practice runs for the second consecutive day Wednesday and threatened the women’s and men’s World Cup speed races scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Italian resort.

Race organizers said they will decide Thursday what to do.

American Picabo Street, who had a victory and a second-place finish in the two women’s downhills at Cortina last week, is a top contender in Sestriere if the speed race is eventually held.

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