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October 29, 1987

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) _ Aleta Sill of Detroit, trying for her second title in two weeks, held a 98- pin lead over Lorrie Nichols of Algonquin at the end of the second round of the $50,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Hammer Open.

Sill, who won the LPBP Brunswick Classic last Saturday, averaged 230 Wednesday to finish with a 12-game total of 2,759. Sill, a 14-time career champion, won in Rockford in 1985.

Nichols, the defending Hammer Open champion, finished with 2,661 pins.

Dede Davidson of Detroit was in third place at 2,649, followed by Betty Morris of Stockton, Calif., at 2,628, and Pat Mercatanti of Washington Crossing, Pa., at 2,585.

Cheryl Daniels of Detroit trailed Mercatanti by nine pins in the race for the top five positions for Saturday’s step-ladder finals.

First prize in the tournament is $10,000. The finals will be televised Sunday on ESPN.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - In an attempt to end a feud between local government heads and keep the football Cardinals from moving to another city, St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary has dropped plans for a new domed stadium and now is backing an open-air facility.

″While we have been a divided community, other cities have offered the moon for the St. Louis Cardinals,″ McNary said at a news conference Wednesday during which he outlined plans for a 70,500-seat stadium. ″It would have been nice to have gone forward with a dome, but I think it’s important that we rally to keep the football team here.″

Cardinals owner William V. Bidwill signed a non-binding letter of intent with McNary earlier this year to occupy a proposed domed stadium in the Riverport area of Maryland Heights if financing could be found and construction begun in the near future. But the plan has been hampered by efforts to block its construction by St. Louis Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl Jr., as well as a coalition of environmental groups.

Schoemehl, who has opposed a domed stadium because it might draw events away from the Arena, Kiel Auditorium and the Cervantes Convention Center in the city, has agreed to support a new stadium in the county as long as it would not have a roof.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Leanne Barrette of Oklahoma City took a 142-pin lead over Darris Hanson of Clovis, Calif., after the fourth round of the $30,000 Ladies Bowling Players Association.

It was a battle of youth as Barrette, 20, closed with 258-241-250 Wednesday for a total of 5,627 pins. Hanson, a 19-year-old left-hander, had 5,485 pins. Both won four of eight matches.

Lisa Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., the third-round leader, dropped to sixth as Nikki Gianulias of Vallejo, Calif., moved from 13th to third at 5,456 pins.

Two more rounds of match play are scheduled today.

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