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August 16, 1997

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ The Swedish capital’s troubled bid for the 2004 Olympics isn’t gaining supporters, but it’s losing opponents, according to a poll made public Saturday.

The survey by the Sifo polling organization found only 49 percent of the 1,500 Swedes polled were in favor of holding the games in Stockholm, the same figure as in May.

But opposition dropped to 28 percent, compared with 41 percent in May. The remainder in both polls either had no opinion or did not answer.

Stockholm is one of five cities seeking the games. The IOC is to vote on the site Sept. 5. The other cities are Rome; Athens, Greece: Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Cape Town, South Africa.

But Swedes’ lukewarm response is seen as a major impediment. That has been aggravated by a series of attacks possibly connected to opposition to Stockholm’s bid.

The most recent was a bomb explosion Aug. 8 that wrecked a portion of the city’s old Olympic stadium.


Kanayama takes lead at Acom International

IWAKI, Japan (AP) _ Kazuo Kanayama shot five birdies against one bogey and took sole possession of the lead after three rounds of the Acom International golf tournament on Saturday.

Kanayama, seeking his first victory in 21 years as a pro, picked up 9 points for a three-day total of 36 at the Seve Ballesteros Golf Club course.

Colombia’s Eduardo Herrera and Tateo Ozaki were tied for second with 31 points. Herrera had six birdies and two bogeys to pick up 11 points after shooting the previous day’s best round of 16 points.

Ozaki had six birdies and two bogeys for 10 points, putting him in contention to win his first tournament in four years.

The tournament’s modified Stableford scoring system awards 8 points for a double eagle, 5 for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for a bogey and minus-3 for a double bogey or worse.


McGuire, Haga tie for lead

KARUIZAWA, Japan (AP) _ New Zealand’s Marnie McGuire and Japan’s Yukiyo Haga fired 2-under 72s Saturday to share the first-round lead in the NEC Karuizawa 72 Tournament.

Akane Oshiro and Sachiko Oshima were a shot behind.

The first round was completed Saturday after it was halted Friday because of heavy fog. The second round started Saturday, but it, too, was suspended because of fog.

The round is to resume Sunday, when tournament organizers hope to also fit in the final round.


Nigel Wilson hits No. 28 in Japan

TOKYO (AP) _Nigel Wilson hit a tie-breaking home run in the third inning and the Nippon Ham Fighters went on to beat the Daiei Hawks 6-2 on Saturday.

Wilson, who once played for the Cleveland Indians, now has 28 homers.


Doohan leads motorcycle qualifiers again

DONINGTON, England (AP) _ Michael Doohan won his eighth straight pole position Saturday, leading qualifiers for the British 500cc motorcycling Grand Prix on his Honda.

The Australian is closing in on his fourth straight world title, and he can clinch it by finishing in the top six on Sunday.

Doohan had a fastest lap around the Donington Park circuit of 1 minute 32.872 seconds, edging another Honda rider, Carlos Checa of Spain by .06.

Doohan is seeking his 10th win in 11 races this season and leads a front row of four Hondas. Alex Barrof of Brazil and Japan’s Tadayuki Okada were third and fourth fastest. Barrof’s best time was 1:33.132 and Okada clocked 1:33.239.


Lord Stormont, Take Chances Trot Sunday

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Yonkers Trot winner Lord Stormont, on an 11-race winning streak, and Hambletonian runnerup Take Chances race Sunday in the second $120,000 division of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot at the Syracuse Mile.

Lord Stormont has won 12-of-13 races this season for owner Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario.

Lord Stormont drew post position No. 4 in the seven-horse field and again will be driven by Doug Brown.

Take Chances, in the No. 3 post, was a fast-closing second in last week’s Hambletonian. Wally Hennessey will drive the son of Super Bowl for George Segal’s Brittany Farms.

Yankee Glide, last in the Hambletonian, heads the first Zweig division. Yankee Glide has won twice in five starts this season.

No Nonsense Woman, a six-time winner in eight starts this season, heads the filly Zweig, also to be run in two divisions.

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