TOKYO (AP) _ R.J. Reynolds drove in three runs with a single and a home run and Larry Sheets also homered as the Yokohama Taiyo Whales beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 7-4 in the Central League on Thursday.
Reynolds, formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, has 10 homers and Sheets, who last played for Detroit, has 11.
Jim Paciorek singled home the winning run in the eighth inning as the Hanshin Tigers edged the Central League’s front-running Yakult Swallows 2-1.
Matt Winters and Bill Bathe each hit a one-run triple as the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Kintetsu Buffaloes 5-3.
OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Joichiro Tatsuyoshi will make the first defense of his World Boxing Council bantamweight title against Victor Rabanales of Mexico on Sept. 17, the Japanese fighter’s manager said Thursday.
Tatsuyoshi and Rabanales will fight in a scheduled 12-round bout in at Osaka Castle Hall.
Tatsuyoshi took the the title from Greg Richardson last September in Osaka by stopping the American in the 10th round. It was only his eighth professional fight.
ORONO, Maine (AP) - Joanne Palombo-McCallie, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Auburn, was named women’s coach at the University of Maine on Thursday. Palombo-McCallie was a high school player in Maine and went on to play at Northwestern.
She succeeds Trish Roberts, who had an 82-32 record in four years, and left Maine to become coach at Michigan.
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) - Tsuneyuki Nakajima and Akihito Yokoyama shot 5- under-par 67s Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Yomiuri Sapporo Beer Open.
One stroke back were Australian Brian Jones and Koichi Suzuki. American David Ishii and Isamu Sugita followed at 69.
Rick Gibson of Canada and Frankie Minoza of the Philippines were in a 15- man group at 70.
KANI, Japan (AP) - American Patti Rizzo was in a five-way tie for the lead in the Dunlop Ladies Open after firing a 3-under-par 69 in Thursday’s opening round. Also at 69 were Taiwan’s Tai Yu-chuan and Tu Ai-yu and Japan’s Nayoko Yoshikawa and Miyoko Endo.
At 70 were Taiwan’s Huang Yueh-chun and four Japanese - Chihiro Nakajima, Hiromi Takamura, Hisako Higuchi and Misayo Fujisawa.
American Kristine Hoos was among eight players at 71.