TOKYO (AP) _ Former major leaguer Ralph Bryant took sole possession of the home run lead in the Pacific League with his 17th homer of the year as the Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 9-0 on Friday. Bryant also drove in a run with a single.
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) - Katsuji Hasegawa shot a 2-under-par 70 on Friday to hold to a one-shot lead after two rounds of the $935,000 Yomiuri Sapporo Beer Open with a 135 total.
American Todd Hamilton fired the day’s best score, a 67, and was tied for second with Shintaro Iizuka and Toru Nakamura.
Another shot back were Canadian Rick Gibson and Hajime Meshiai.
American David Ishii and Eduardo Herrera of Colombia and Taiwan’s T. C. Chen were at 138.
FUJIOKA, Japan (AP) - Rie Mitsuhashi fired a 67 and Mayumi Murai a 68 on Friday to join first-round leader Fuki Kido in a three-way tie for the lead after the second round of the Dunlop Ladies Open.
Kido shot a second round 70, and three have 139 totals.
GENEVA (AP) - Sudden-death overtime would be used at European soccer championships from the quarterfinals on under a plan that gained preliminary approval by UEFA, soccer’s European ruling body, on Friday.
UEFA’s European Championship Committee recommended the move Friday as a way to promote an attacking style of play and discouraging teams from focusing their hopes on the penalty shootout.
Teams that are tied after 90 minutes of regular play would go into the normal 30-minute overtime. But then, contrary to current rules, the game ends after the first team scores. If no goals are scored in the 30 minutes, a penalty shootout would decide the game.
Committee chairman Egidius Braun said he expects UEFA’s executive committee to approve the idea when it meets in September.
LONDON (AP) - The women’s pole vault and hammer throw could have the status of world record events this year, the International Amateur Athletic Federation said Friday.
But future champions in those events will have to wait until the year 2000 to compete at the Olympic Games.
Several national federations have invited the IAAF to approve the women’s pole vault and hammer throw as world record events at its Congress just before the World Championships in Stuttgart in August.
But they cannot become championship events until at least 1995, when the Congress meets again, and probably will not get necessary approval in time for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.