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Earl Anthony Leads Showboat PBA Senior Invitational

August 2, 1996

LAS VEGAS (AP) (AP) _ Earl Anthony, making a comeback after a five-year layoff, overcame a finger injury Friday to take an insurmountable 443-pin lead after the fourth round of the Showboat PBA Senior Invitational.

Anthony, 58, the career PBA leader with 41 regular tour titles and four senior victories, injured the middle finger on his left hand reaching for a ball before the first game against Vince Range.

``I got my finger caught between a ball and the ball-return rack,″ said Anthony, who averaged 232.19 for the first 48 games. ``It hurt and I was flinching on almost every shot. That didn’t help my game any.

``I’m bored because I have a big lead. It’s hard to concentrate and keep your competitive edge. I start daydreaming and it costs me. I don’t want to coast into the TV finals tomorrow, I want to be sharp.″

Teata Semiz was second, followed by Masaaki Saijo, Robert McDonald, Larry Laub and Range. The top five after Friday night’s round will advance to the stepladder final.

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