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December 6, 1996

HONG KONG (AP) _ Rodrigo Cuello of the Philippines shot a par 70 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Andersen Consulting Hong Kong Open. Cuello, in fifth place after a 68 on the first day, has a 138 total.

One stroke back were Americans Don Walsworth and Brandel Chamblee. Walsworth shot a 73 Friday, while Chamblee had a 70.


Herrera Leads by a Stroke After Second Round

ONNA, Japan (AP) _ Eduardo Herrera of Columbia fired a 2-under-par 69 Friday and edged into the lead in the Daikyo Open with a two-round total of 136.

First-round leader Toru Suzuki bogeyed the last two holes and shot a 72. He fell one stroke off Herrera’s pace.

Another stroke back was Toru Kanamura, who also carded a 72.


German, Swede Win Moguls Freestyle Opener

TIGNES, France (AP) _ Tatjana Mittermayer of Germany and Jesper Ronnback of Sweden won the opening moguls event of the freestyle skiing World Cup Friday.

Mittermayer edged world champion Candice Gilg of France.

American women took fifth, sixth and seventh. Ann Battelle led the trio, followed by World Cup champion Donna Weinbrecht and Liz McIntyre.

Ronnback edged Russian Andrei Ivanov and American Ryan Johnson for his the first World Cup victory.


Krajicek To Miss Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands will have surgery on his injured right knee and will miss next month’s Australian Open.

Krajicek’s withdrawal followed that of former champion Andre Agassi.

Both players also were to play in the Colonial Classic the week before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The Australian Open will be played at the National Tennis Center from Jan. 13-26.


Low-Budget Zimbabwe Provincials Good Enough to Beat England

LONDON (AP) _ Cricket in Zimbabwe is a low-budget, mostly amateur, parttime business.

In other words, more than good enough to beat England.

That was the scathing tone of English newspapers Friday following yet another ignominious cricket defeat _ this time, to the provincial Zimbabwean team of Mashonaland.

Half of Mashonaland’s players were parttimers, and Zimbabwe is considered the weakest test cricket country in the world.

England was the only country to vote against Zimbabwe gaining test status in 1992.

Mashonaland beat England on Thursday by seven wickets.


IOC Group Views Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP)_ An International Olympic Committee delegation arrived in Cape Town Friday for the final stop of a tour to check the bids of the 11 candidate cities for the 2004 Games.

The 20-member panel arrived from London in the same technicolor plane used to fly the South African team to this year’s Atlanta Games.

Schoolchildren greeted them along their route from the airport into the city, waving flags and singing.

The panel will spend the next three days meeting officials and visiting the proposed sites for the sports stadiums and other infrastructure needed to cater for the athletes, journalists and visitors who would come to the games.


Japan Beats Syria 2-1

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Defending champions Japan scored two goals in the last five minutes and edged Syria 2-1 in a Group C game of the Asia Cup Friday.

Japan, the co-host for the World Cup 2000 and ranked 20th in FIFA’s rating, dominated most of the match, but missed half a dozen chancs to score.


Return to Austria Highlights 1997 GP Schedule

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) _ The Formula One auto racing will return to Austria next season after a 10-year absence.

The 1997 schedule announced Friday by the International Automobile Federation listed the Austrian Grand Prix for Sept. 21.

The last time a Formula One race was held in Austria was in 1987. Stefan Johansson’s car hit and killed a deer on the track during practice.

The Zeltweg track, surrounded by woods and the Alps in the province of Styria, has since undergone a complete renovation.

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