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April 23, 1996

BERLIN (AP) _ Five demonstrators snuffed out the Olympic flame Tuesday to protest the memorial of the 1936 Berlin summer games, which were played under the Nazi regime, and gave prominence to Adolf Hitler.

The flame was relit half an hour later with part of the official Olympic flame that is kept in reserve, and police said they released the demonstrators after questioning.

The demonstrators belonged to an anti-military organization, and carried a banner reading ``No Fire and Honor For the Nazi Games,″ according to the group’s spokeswoman Judith Demba.

The flame is touring all 22 summer Olympic cities to mark the centennial of the modern games. Although the flame continued on to Munich last week, officials plan to keep it burning at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium until Friday.


Japan’s Yoshino Knocks Out Filipino Solis, Keeps Welterweight Title

TOKYO (AP) _ Hiroyuki Yoshino of Japan recovered from a first-round knockdown and knocked out Arnold Solis of the Philippines in the seventh round and retained his Oriental-Pacific Boxing Federation welterweight title on Tuesday.

It was Yoshino’s first defense of the title he won from Park Bong-kwan of South Korea last November.

The scheduled 12-round bout ended at 2 minutes, 29 seconds of the seventh when Yoshino landed a sharp left to Solis’ body.

Solis, the No. 10 Oriental-Pacific welterweight contender, floored the champion in the first round with a left hook.


International Soccer Returns to Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ International soccer finally comes back to war-ravaged Bosnia with an exhibition game between Bosnia and Albania on Wednesday.

Four months into a peace that ended nearly four years of war, the Bosnians decided it was safe enough to host visiting teams _ helped by the presence of a 60,000-strong NATO-led peaceforce.

The stadium in Sarajevo is unusable because the field took a heavy bombardment and is pocked with shell holes. The game will be played in the town of Zenica, 30 miles from the capital.

A larger problem was stocking the team.

Many of the best pre-war players from Bosnia have either quit playing or left the country.


BayStars Beat Tigers 3-2

TOKYO (AP) _ Terry Bross gave up a home run to his opposing pitcher, Shinji Imanaka, and the Chunichi Dragons shut out the Yakult Swallows 3-0 on Tuesday

It was the first home run of his pro career for Imanaka, who is 2-1 this season. Bross, most recently with the Chicago White Sox, is 2-2.

At Seibu Stadium, Darrin Jackson singled home and Scott Cooper hit a two-run single as the Seibu Lions edged the Orix BlueWave 4-3.

Former major leaguer Jeff Manto was let go by the Yomiuri Giants.

Manto, played in 10 games and had only three hits in 27 at-bats.


Charges Against Two FIS Officials Suspended in Death of Ulrike Maier

MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Two top international ski officials charged in the death of Austrian star Ulrike Maier agreed Tuesday to pay $496,000 to Maier’s daughter, and the charges against them were suspended.

Kurt Hoch, race director for the International Ski Federation and his assistant, Jan Tischhauser, had been charged with manslaughter through negligence in the death of Maier, who broke her neck when she crashed at 65 mph crash during a World Cup downhill race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Jan. 29, 1994.

The trial of the two men began Monday.

On Tuesday, lawyers for the defendants and for Maier’s 6-year-old daughter, Melanie, agreed to a financial settlement. The trial will resume if the money is not paid by May 31.

Prosecutors held Hoch and Tischhauser responsible for the placement of the timing device which Maier crashed into.

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