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January 8, 1996

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Chipper Jones of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves hit four homers and drove in six runs Sunday to lead the National League to a 21-12 victory over the American League in the Pepsi All-Star softball game.

Jones, the game’s MVP, led off the first with a homer and hit a two-run homer in his second at-bat in the inning. The NL stars scored eight runs in the bottom of the first off Seattle’s Randy Johnson, the AL Cy Young Award winner.

Jones followed with his third consecutive homer in the third, a two-run shot, and closed out the day with a solo homer in the sixth.

Reggie Sanders of Cincinnati had three homers and four RBIs. Mike Piazza of Los Angeles homered and went 4-for-5, while Eric Karros of the Dodgers homered and went 2-for-5 and Marquis Grissom of the Braves also homered and had two RBIs.

Pete Schourek of the Reds, the NL Cy Young Award runner-up, pitched a complete game victory.

Other players included Kenny Lofton and Albert Belle of Cleveland, AL Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova of Minnesota, Bret Boone of the Reds and Shawon Dunston of the Cubs.


HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ Canadian Bruny Surin and Cheryl Brantle of Boston set meet records in the 55-meter dashes at the Dartmouth Relays on Sunday.

Surin, the world indoor champion, broke his 1993 mark of 6.17 seconds by winning his semifinal heat in 6.15. Surin then won the final in 6.16.

Brantle won the women’s final in 6.93, breaking her 1993 meet record of 6.95.

Long jumper Rebecca Grube of the Boston Athletic Association set a meet record with a leap of 20 feet, 3 3/4 inches. The previous record of 20-0 1/2 had stood since 1979.

Nicole Jackson of Rochester, N.Y., registered an upset and set a meet record in the women’s weight throw. She threw 59-9, beating 1992 Olympian Pam Dukes, who finished third, behind Jackson’s Syracuse teammate, Kim Johnson.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ All eight age divisions were won by representatives of AFC teams Sunday in the national Punt, Pass & Kick finals.

The competition, held prior to the playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, featured winners representing both teams.

Derrick Raymer of Goodland, Kansas, won the 8-year-old group. The 9-year-old winner was Bo Gilliland of Valparaiso, Ind.

Eric Resta of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., seeking to become the first winner of three straight national titles, was beaten by 13-year-old Michael Ridgway of Hosuton, the Oilers’ team champ.

Other winners were Lenny Miles, 10, of Denver and Joey Madrid, 11, of La Junta, Colo., both representing the Broncos; Stephen Copeland, 14, of Keizer, Ore.; and Levi Madarieta, Weiser, Idaho, both representing the Seahawks; and Amit Ratton, 12, of Beavercreek, Ohio, representing the Bengals.


DAYTONA, Fla. (AP) _ Andy Wallace, driving a Dyson Racing Ford, led the second day of IMSA sports car testing at the Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Feb. 3-4 Rolex 24.

The Englishman completed the 3.56-mile road course in 1:42.210 with an average speed of 124.034 mph. He is a former winner of 24-hour races at Daytona and Le Mans, France, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The test will conclude Monday.

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