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September 21, 1993

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Montreal Expos won a coin toss with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday and would be host if a playoff game is needed to break a tie in the National League East.

Philadelphia was represented by executive vice president Dave Montgomery, and Montreal was represented by club president Claude Brochu.

The game would be played on Monday, Oct. 4.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Second-round draft choice Leonard White, who averaged 20.6 points and 10.0 rebounds for Southern University last season, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced Monday.

White, a 6-foot-6, 218-pound forward, was the 53rd selection in the NBA draft after leading Southern to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

White, 22, played two years for Southern after transferring from Faulkner State (Ala.) Junior College. As a junior at Southern, he averaged 22.4 points and 12.5 rebounds.

White played for the Clippers in the 1993 Southern California Summer Pro League, averaging 8.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in nine games.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - John Harbottle, a 62-year-old dentist from Tacoma, Wash., shot 2-under-par 68 Monday to lead after the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Farmington Country Club.

Another round of stroke play is set for Tuesday before the 160-player field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers for match play. Players must be 55 or older.

Harbottle was the runner-up in 1986 but had missed qualifying for the championship the last four years, each time by one shot.

Three shots behind Harbottle, at 1-over-par 71, was a group of seven players, including Richard Chenoweth of Parkersburg, W.V.; Terry Bigham of Rockport, Tenn.; Joe Ungvary of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Bobby Boydston of Phoenix, Ariz.; Vern Veron of La Quinta, Calif.; Bobby Darnell of Rexburg, Idaho; and William King of Jupiter, Fla., who made a hole-in-one on the par 3 6th hole.

Defending champion Clarence Moore, 64, of Winnsboro, S.C., shot 74, and two-time champion Bo Williams, 64, of Ocala, Fla., shot 79.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Steady rain couldn’t keep hundreds of spectators away from The Seniors at Council Fire Pro-Am Monday where they chatted with Arnold Palmer and had their photos taken with Gibby Gilbert.

Unlike pro tournaments, the two-day event allowed fans a chance to rub elbows with about 30 members of the Seniors PGA Tour instead of just being sideline spectators.

About a dozen ″golden girls″ wore ″Gibby’s Gang″ T-shirts in support of their favorite golfer. Some had taken lessons from him years ago.

Most of the crowd followed Palmer, winner of eight major championships, 60 PGA Tour events and 10 senior titles. Many stopped him between holes to autograph Pro-Am programs or golf paraphernalia.

Teams consisted of one pro and four amateurs. Among those were philanthropist Jack Lupton, heir to the first Coca-Cola bottling operation, and businessman Jon Kinsey, who played aside Palmer. Hamilton County Sheriff H.Q. Evatt and District Attorney Gary Gerbitz shared the green with Jim Dent. Chattanooga Mayor Gene Roberts and Rock City tourist attraction owner Bill Chapin were among the amateur players.

Instead of typical golf scoring, teams played in a best-ball format. The scores do not carry over to the next day.

Pros Bob Charles, the senior leading money winner, and Dave Hill were the day’s best finishers at 2-under-par.

Other senior pros included No. 3 money leader Jim Colbert, No. 4 Mike Hill, No. 6 George Archer and several Masters champions. Chi Chi Rodriquez will conduct a clinic Tuesday and replace Palmer’s spot.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - South Africa will hold the 1995 World Cup rugby union tournament despite ongoing political unrest, South African team manager Jannie Engelbrecht said Tuesday.

Engelbrecht said the tournament would act to bring South Africans together and historic mixed-race election scheduled for April 27 next year would not affect the tournament.

Former Australian captain Nick Farr-Jones is one of a number of players to have questioned South Africa’s readiness to host the tournament, but Engelbrecht said the event would go ahead as scheduled.

Engelbrecht played 33 tests for South Africa between 1960 and 1969 as a winger and currently is visiting New Zealand to inspect facilities for next year’s Springbok tour.

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