LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Churchill Downs’ $15 million Sports Spectrum betting parlor opened Sunday to rave reviews.
Churchill Downs officials reported Sunday’s attendance as about 4,000 and the handle as more than $500,000. The parlor seats 3,350 and has a capacity of more than 6,000.
″This is gorgeous, the way you can sit in private and look your horses over, see the screen, see the horses come out,″ parlor patron Halen Skyrm said. ″This is like Las Vegas.″
Track president Thomas Meeker said Sports Spectrum, located at the site of the former Louisville Downs harness track, meets the goal of giving hard-core bettors what they want while appealing to a new market of young people and casual bettors.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Eddy Lee of Corona, Calif., beat Rob Manor of Garland, Texas, 2 and 1 in the championship match of the Rolex Junior Classic, the final event on the American Junior Golf Association’s 34-tournament schedule.
Earlier Sunday, Lee beat Maury Beasley of Dublin, Ga., 7 and 5 in his semifinal match. Manor beat David Lee of Clayton, Calif., 3 and 2 in the other semifinal.
In the girls division, Wendi Patterson of Atlanta beat Cristie Kerr of Miami 7 and 6 in the final.
TOKYO (AP) - Hideyuki Ohashi of Japan will defend his WBA strawweight title against Chana Porpaoin of Thailand in Tokyo on Feb. 10, the Japan Boxing Commission announced today.
The 12-round bout at the 10,000-seat Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium will be the 27-year-old Ohashi’s first defense of the title he won from Choi Hi-yong of South Korea on on Oct. 14. Chana, 26, is the WBA’s No. 1 contender.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Three teams will be admitted to the Winfield Cup rugby league competition in 1995, increasing league membership to 20.
The New South Wales Rugby League announced today that teams from Perth and Townsville and a second team from Brisbane would join an expansion team from Auckland, New Zealand, in 1995.
The Queensland Crushers, North Queensland Cowboys and the Perth Pumas all were given the go-ahead to join the Auckland Warriors in Australasia’s premier competition.