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November 12, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ The San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz game, a victim of a rare NBA postponement Monday night, was rescheduled for April 7 on Tuesday, at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

The game was called off because of problems with the boards that the Delta Center court. The condition was deemed unsafe for players.


Wakanohana, Takanonami Suffer Second Consecutive Defeats

FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) _ Two Hawaiian-born wrestlers won their bouts Tuesday at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, fought off junior champion Kotonishiki’s pushing and arm throw attempts and thrust him out for his third victory in as many bouts.

Grand champion Akebono, or Chad Rowan, sent junior champion second class Asahiyutaka with hand thrusts. Akebono is 2-1.

Konishiki, another Hawaiian whose real name is Salevaa Fuauli Atisanoe, lost. He charged Minatofuji with hand thrusts, but his opponent dodged and threw out Konishiki (1-2).


Bond Set For High School Player Accused of Hitting Referee

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) _ A Wingate High School football player accused of tackling a referee during a game last week remained in Gallup jail Tuesday under a $1,000 bond.

Gilbert Jefferson, 18, was arraigned before Magistrate Karl Gillson, who set the bond amount.

Jefferson is accused of tackling referee Allen Bainter during the game between Wingate and Crownpoint High School on Friday. Bainter had just ejected Jefferson for unsportsmanlike conduct. Witnesses said Jefferson ran onto the field and tackled Bainter from behind.

Jefferson was arrested at the scene.

Bainter was hospitalized and released late Sunday. His wife, Pat, said her husband was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion.


Italian Team and World Motorcycling Champion Part

NOALE, Italy (AP) _ Aprilia will do without three-time world champion Max Biaggi in the 1997 World motorcycling Championship, the Italian team announced Tuesday.

Aprilia will start in next season’s world 250-cc races newly-signed Tetsuya Harada of Japajn and Italian riders Stefano Perugini and Loris Capirossi.

Biaggi, who won his third consecutive world title with Aprilia this year, was expected to move to the Japanese team, Honda.


Soccer Stadium Construction On Schedule For World Cup

PARIS (AP) _ Organizers of soccer’s 1998 World Cup said Tuesday that construction of the Stade de France stadium is on time, and they disclosed plans to begin selling tickets to the general public Nov. 27.

``The construction of the Stade de France and the renovation in the nine other stadiums are proceeding without delays,″ said Fernand Sastre.

Sastre and former soccer star Michel Platini head the organizing committee.

Sastre told a news conference the 80,000-seat stadium is nearly 80 percent completed, with construction to finish in December next year. Sastre did not say if the project was holding to its initial estimated cost of $380 million.

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