TOKYO (AP) _ Rex Hudler hit a two-run home run and Jack Howell delivered a two-run single in the five-run first inning as the Central League’s front-running Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers 6-4 Thursday.
Hudler has 11 homers.
The Chunichi Dragons beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3-2. The Carp’s runs scored on Marty Brown’s 25th homer of the season.
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Findlay, defending NAIA Division II champions, will play an exhibition game Saturday against a semipro team from Germany.
The Oilers open their season Sept. 18 against Westminster.
″If you would have asked me last spring if I wanted to play a team from Hamburg, Germany, my answer probably would have been no. I wanted a regular season game, one that would count,″ coach Dick Strahm said.
″I wanted a game, though, before we played Westminster. I didn’t want an open date. That would have been the worst thing that could have been to go all week with nothing to do and then get ready for Westminster.″
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) - The Japanese women’s national handball team beat the U.S. team 30-19 Thursday in an exhibition game.
Yukiko Matsushita led Japanese with six points, while Kim Clarke led the Americans with nine.
LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Horses can’t compete with pro football at Laurel Race Course, so the thoroughbred track is giving up its live Sunday racing starting in November, and Baltimore doesn’t even have a team.
Jim Mango, a senior vice president at Pimlico, said NFL games reduced the amount of money wagered by as much as 20 percent.
Live racing will be added Wednesdays, which are normally dark, and Sundays will feature simulcast-only cards starting Nov. 7.
The new schedule will save the track money. Employees are paid overtime when they work Sundays.
SAN FELIU DE GUIXOLS, Spain (AP) - Maurizio Fondriest of Italy edged three- time defending Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain in a 4.2-mile time trial Thursday to win the first stage of the Tour of Catalunya.
Fondriest, heading a field of the world’s top cyclists, finished in 8 minutes 00 seconds, which was two seconds ahead of Indurain.
Tony Rominger of Switzerland, two-time winner of the Tour of Spain and runnerup this year in the Tour de France, was 20 seconds back in ninth place.
INZAI, Japan (AP) - Australian Peter Senior shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday and took a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Suntory Open.
Eduardo Herrera of Colombia shot a 67.
T.C. Chen of Taiwan and Teruo Nakamura were at 68.
TOTTORI, Japan (AP) - Hiroe Tani fired a 4-under-par 68 in the rain-soaked opening round to take the lead in the Japan LPGA on Thursday.
Tani, winless in her five-year pro career, is one stroke ahead of Junko Yasui and Kayo Mochizuki.