TOKYO (AP) _ Former major leaguer Larry Parrish hit his seventh home run of the season Saturday, but in a losing cause as the Yokohama Taiyo Whales beat the Hanshin Tigers 4-3 in Japan’s Central League.
Mike Diaz, another former big leaguer, went 1-for-3 but his Lotte Orions lost to the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 4-1 in a Pacific League game. Diaz leads the league with a .404 batting average.
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - Joseph Nzau of Kenya Saturday won the Belgrade Marathon on Saturday, covering the 26 miles, 385 yards in two hours, 19.32 minutes.
Bulgaria’s Christo Ivanov-Gheorghiev finished second in 2:24.29, followed by Christos Vexebanis of Greece in 2:29.14.
Bob Beamon, world record holder in long jump, was among the 9,000 runners who took part in the third annual marathon in Yugoslavia’s capital.
Beamon was invited to promote the race.
″I’m doing only the 5K stretch,″ Beamon said.
Interrupting his race to respond to spectator’s cheers, Beamon eventually arrived at the downtown five-kilometer mark in the middle group of racers.
Suzana Ciric, a Yugoslavia, won the women’s race for the second year in a row, ahead of compatriot Jelena Jovicevic and Romania’s Aura Buja.
INAGI, Japan (AP) - Beth Daniel opened a four-shot lead after three rounds of the Konica Cup ladies golf tournament Saturday by shooting a 3-under par 69.
Daniel, second on the American LPGA tour’s money list, reached the 54-hole mark with a 210. On Saturday, She had five birdies and two bogeys over the 6,397-yard, par-72 Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club course in the Tokyo suburbs.
Taiwan’s Tu Ai-yu, who shared the second-round lead with Daniel, was at 214 after a 73 Saturday.
Taiwan’s Chen Mei-chi, one shot off the 36-hole lead, fell six shots off the pace after a 74.
CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil came from two sets down to defeat France Friday night in the opening round of the Men’s World Volleyball Championship.
Led by setter Mauricio and Pampa on the front line, Brazil swept the final three sets, 12-15, 12-15, 15-4, 15-13, 15-12.
The Group A series resumes on Sunday when both teams clash in the southeastern city of Santo Andre.
ROME (AP) - Officials in Rome and Naples have promised to have their soccer stadiums ready by May 15, three weeks before World Cup play starts, the head of the cup’s organizing committee said Saturday.
″They’re still working in Rome and Naples, but we have total, absolute guarantees from CONI (Italian Olympic Games Committee overseeing work at Rome’s Olympic Stadium) and the city of Naples that they will be ready.″ Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said.
The World Cup opens June 8 in Milan with a match between defending champion Argentina and Cameroon.
Montezemolo previously had criticized delays in construction, especially at Naples’ 80,000-seat San Paolo Stadium, which at first he feared would not be ready in time for the month-long competition.
In mid-April, the Italian minister for urban areas, Carmelo Conte, said that all 12 stadiums hosting World Cup play would be ready by May 31.
ALTO DEL NARANCO, Spain (AP) - Alberto Camargo of Colombia pedaled his way over six mountain passes Saturday to win the 12th leg of the Tour of Spain cycling race, spurting to the 1,980-foot finish line.
Italian Marco Giovannetti kept the yellow jersey of the overall winner for the second day with a 41-second lead in the general standings over Camargo’s Colombian teammate Julio Cesar Cadena in the 22-day, 2,292-mile race.
Eduardo Franco, spokesman for race organizers, said that Colombian cyclist Fabio Rodriguez of the Pony Malta team had been expelled from the tour for having been towed by a car during part of Friday’s 11th leg.