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January 11, 1995

TOKYO (AP) _ Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, plans to bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Tokyo was host to the 1964 Summer Games and Sapporo staged the 1972 Winter Games. The 1998 Winter Olympics will be held in Nagano.

Osaka mayor Masaya Nishio told a news conference he plans an official announcement after expected approval by the city assembly in March.

The city is 255 miles west of Tokyo.


MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Boris Becker, a three-time Milan champion, was seeded No. 1 on Wednesday for the Muratti Time Indoor tournament at the Forum of Assago Feb. 13-19.

Becker, ranked third by the ATP, heads a field that also includes his archrival, fellow German Michael Stich, and Alberto Berasategui of Spain.

David Wheaton is the only American entered in the 32-player field. The ATP Tour event offers a winner’s prize of $128,000.


LAGO DI TESERO, Italy (AP) _ Japan’s Kenji Ogiwara won the World Cup Nordic combined event Wednesday, edging Fred Boerre Lundberg, the standings leader.

Ogiwara, a two-time defending World Cup Champion in the jump phase, went into Wednesday’s cross-country ski portionj with an advantage of 1 minute, 30 seconds after Tuesday’s jump.

Lundberg won the 15 kilometer race, and finished second in the combined.

Ogiwara scored 140 points for the victory, while Lundberg earned 125 points.

American Todd Lodwick, second in the jumping, finished sixth after the cross-country. Ryan Heckmann dropped from sixth to 10th.

Lundberg maintained his lead in the World Cup overall standings with 515 points, followed by Ogiwara 40 points back.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ San Antonio’s plans for a franchise in the Canadian Football League have been delayed a year to give owners more time to work out the details for starting a team.

Potential owner Tom Herring Jr. said Tuesday he decided to push back the start after meeting with his ownership group.

The group’s unanimous decision was made shortly after Georgia investor A.L. Williams decided against joining the local group, the San Antonio Express-News reported Wednesday.

``Things are going to work out like we originally planned,″ Herring said. ``We’re going for an expansion franchise for 1996; 1995 isn’t going to happen.″


TOKYO (AP) _ Parimutuel betting on horse races in Japan reached a record $38.07 billion in 1994, up 1.6 percent from a year earlier, the Japan Horseracing Association said Wednesday.

``The sales have steadily increased since 1954 when our association was established,″ Norio Sakai of the association said.

Sakai said 13,529,383 spectators, down 1.7 percent from 1993, watched horse racing at 10 major courses throughout Japan. He said 12.9 percent of them were women.

Sakai said horse races were held on 288 days in 1994, with an average 12 horses in each race.


FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) _ Turfway Park canceled Wednesday night’s racing program because of track conditions. Officials said the track was saturated from rain, freezing rain and snow during the past several days.

The Cincinnati-area track’s Race Book was open for afternoon simulcast wagering on Gulfstream’s racing card.


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ Australian swimmer Susan O’Neill broke her own Commonwealth 200-meter butterfly record Wednesday at the Queensland state championships at the Chandler pool.

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist was timed in two minutes, 8.26 seconds, slashing .77 seconds off her own record of 2:09.03 set when she won the bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics.