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March 13, 1985

HONG KONG (AP) _ Japan’s Keiko Watanabe shot an eight-over-par 80 Wednesday and took a one- stroke lead after the first round of the 54-hole Hong Kong Women’s Amateur Golf Championships.

Watanabe won the title in 1983 and was runner-up last year. At 81 were defending champion Momoko Yamaguchi of Japan, Nonita Lall of India, Srimsombat Skulratana of Thailand and Lisa Brien of Australia. Gill Smith of Hong Kong and Japan’s Nidori Yamari shot 82s.

The Japanese pair of Watanabe and Yamaguchi combined with Norie Fukui for an early lead in the team competition, in which the best two of three scores count. Fukui shot an 84 that was discarded for the team event. ---

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - Subaru of America has agreed to underwrite the U.S. Ski Team for the next five years, ending speculation the firm would withdraw its support.

Subaru spokeswoman Audrey Wager said the company, based in Pennsauken, N.J., and the U.S. Ski Association would sign the new contract next week at team headquarters in Park City, Utah.

An existing four-year contract still has six months to go, Wager said.″But just to make sure everyone was comfortable and knew we were going to stay in, we decided to announce the new contract,″ she said Tuesday night.

Wager declined to say how much the contract was worth, but said the company supplies the team with 15 cars for use in Europe and 25 in the United States, as well as vans and trucks.

This year it also sponsored six World Cup Alpine, Nordic and ski jumping events, which cost between $50,000 and $500,-000 each to stage, three national meets and the USSA’s major fund-raiser. ---

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - Fred Mortensen has replaced Rick Neuheisel as the starting quarterback of the United States Football League’s San Antonio Gunslingers by Fred Mortensen.

Coach Jim Bates said Tuesday that Mortensen, signed last year after being waived by the USFL’s Denver Gold, will start Saturday against the Los Angeles Express. Neuheisel had been the Gunslingers’ starting quarterback since the team joined the league last year.

″We’ve gone three games and haven’t executed as well as we need to,″ Bates said. ″We felt it was time to take a good look at Fred. We just needed to see if a change would lift the team. It isn’t that we’ve lost confidence in Rick. It doesn’t mean that Rick isn’t going to play anymore. It’s a long season.″

Neuheisel has completed 31 of 70 passes for 402 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions this year.Last year he hit 212 of 386 passes for 2,549 yards, 14 TDs and 15 interceptions. ---

PEKING (AP) - China and Canada signed a sports-exchange agreement Wednesday under which Canada will send coaches to teach the Chinese figure-skating and speed-skating techniques.

It also calls for Canada to send gymnastic, diving, water polo and soccer teams to China and commits the Chinese to sent badminton, women’s softball and gymnastic teams to Canada.

Xinhua, China’s official news agency, said the agreement was signed by Otto Jelinek, Canadian minister of state for fitness and amateur sports, and Li Menghua, minister of the State Physical Culture and Sport Commission, at a ceremony in Peking. They also signed a memorandum of understanding for Chinese-Canadian sports cooperation through 1990, Xinhua said, but did not disclose details. ---

NEW YORK (AP) - William I. Spencer, retired president and chief executive officer of Citicorp. of New York, has been named the 1985 recipient of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame’s Gold Medal.

The award represents the highest honor the foundation can bestow. It is presented to those who have ″contributed in a significant manner to college football.″ The medal will be formally presented Dec. 3 at the foundation’s banquet.

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