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October 29, 1986

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) _ Atlanta Braves General Manager Bobby Cox was arrested in suburban Atlanta and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cobb County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Myers said Cox was stopped about 10:35 p.m. Monday and released two hours later after posting a $500 bond.

″I’m embarrassed,″ said Cox, who was going home from a dinner after a charity golf tournament. ″I guess I had too many beers. It’s a terrible thing to do. I hope this makes me a better person.″

The charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.


TOKYO (AP) - Shortstop Hiromichi Ishige, whose slugging helped the Seibu Lions win the Pacific League championship, was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player for 1986, the Japan Baseball Commission has announced.

The commission said Wednesday the 30-year-old Ishige received 582 points in voting by 201 sports writers, and his teammate, rookie Hirokazu Kiyohara, was second with 502. The voting was held before the Japan Series started Oct. 18. In the series, the Lions beat the Central League Champion Hiroshima Toyo Carp four games to three for Japan’s professional baseball championship.

Right-handed pitcher Manabu Kitabeppu of the Carp was chosen the Central League MVP in voting by 241 sports writers. He received 1,044 points and former Texas Rangers player Randy Bass of the Hanshin Tigers was second with 691 points.

Ishige, the Lions’ leading hitter with a .329 average, had the most hits in the league, 169. He also hit 27 home runs for the season and batted in 89 runs.

The 29-year-old Kitabeppu had the league’s best earned run average, 2.43, and its best won-lost record, 18-4. He pitched 230 innings in 30 games.


TOKYO (AP) - A field of 128 boys and girls from 24 countries will compete in the Second World Youth Cup Tennis Championships Nov. 5-9, the Japan Tennis Association says.

The championships, for boys and girls aged 16 years and under, will be played on the hard courts of Ariake Forest Park in Tokyo.

Teams from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, West Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Australia, Israel, South Korea and Japan will compete in the boys’ singles and doubles competition, the association said Wednesday.

The girls’ event will include teams from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, West Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan.

These teams advanced into the Tokyo championships by winning preliminary rounds in Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, South America and North America.


GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Spartak, a hockey team from the Soviet Union’s Elite Division, will meet five American Hockey League teams as part of a 10- game tour of the United States in December, officials said.

The Adirondack Red Wings said the Spartak team will be composed of several players who will return to North America in February to play in the Renez-Vous 87 all-star games on Feb. 11 and 13 in Quebec City. Those games will pit a Soviet all-star squad against one from the National Hockey League.

The Spartak tour will begin Dec. 9 with a game in Hershey, Pa., against the AHL’s Hershey Bears and will end Dec. 21 against the Troy Slapshots of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

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