TOKYO (AP) _ Koji Akiyama’s three-run homer, his third home run of the Japan Series, highlighted a five-run sixth inning as the Seibu Lions beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6-1 Saturday and tied the series at three victories.
Rod Allen, a former major leaguer, had a run-scoring single for the Central League champion Carp.
The deciding game will be played at Seibu Stadium on Sunday.
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) - Maurizio Fondriest of Italy won cycling’s World Cup with a fourth-place finish Saturday in the final event, the Grand Prix of the Nations.
Fondriest, a former world champion, finished 2 minutes and 12 seconds behind winner Tony Rominger of Switzerland in the race against the clock.
Fondriest did not win any World Cup races, but earned 132 points by finishing in the top 20 in most events.
Laurent Jalabert of France was second with 121 points.
Greg Lemond did not race Saturday.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Isao Aoki fired a spectacular 9-under-par 63 Saturday and moved into a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the rain-shortened Bridgestone Open.
Aoki’s round, which gave him a 135 total, included an eagle on the 500- yard, par-5 second hole of the 7,110-yard Sodegaura Country Club course.
Tsuyoshi Yoneyama was in second place after a 65.
Two shots further back at 137 were American Andrew Magee and Japan’s Hideki Kase. Each shot 68s.
HIDAKA, Japan (AP) - Mutsuko Maekawa fired a 2-under-par 70 Saturday to take the first-round lead in the rain-shortened Itsuki Classic women’s tournament.
Hiromi Kobayashi, who competed on the LPGA Tour, shot an even-par 72, along with Mitsuko Inomoto.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Rob Andrew’s drop goal with seven minutes remaining Saturday gave England a 9-6 victory over Scotland and put the British into rugby’s World Cup final.
England will play for the championship against the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between New Zealand and Australia at Lansdowne Road, Dublin.
KAMITSUE, Japan (AP) - Teo Fabi of Italy and Australian David Brabham, sharing the wheel of a Jaguar XJR-14, won the pole position Saturday for the World Sportscar Championship.
Their car was timed at one minute, 27.188 seconds in the qualifying lap around the 2.898-mile Autopolis circuit for an average speed of 119.65 mph.