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April 19, 1997

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) _ Former Southern Cal player Dan Bateman shot an even-par 72 in difficult wind conditions Friday to maintain a share of the lead after the second round of the Nike Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic.

``The wind switched so quickly,″ said Bateman, who had an even-par 72 to match Kevin Johnson at 6-under 138 on the Mississippi National course. ``Every minute it seemed to be heading in another direction.″

Johnson, the 1987 U.S. Public Links winner, shot a 68. Eric Johnson (70), Chris Smith (71) and Kent Jones (72) were a stroke back at 139, while Glen Hnatiuk (69), Greg Whisman (69) and Jeff Brehaut (69) followed at 140.

``It was the strangest wind I’ve ever played in,″ Jones said. ``You could actually play nine holes, and with the wind changing direction so often, have all of them play against the wind.″


BASTROP, La. (AP) _ Former Georgia Southern player Steve Ford shot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the NGA-Hooters Tour’s Morehouse Classic.

``The wind wasn’t blowing like during yesterday’s round, and I was able to take advantage of that,″ said Ford, who had a 9-under 135 total on the Morehouse course. ``I played smart and didn’t make many mistakes.″

Garrett Larson (66) and Adam Thomas (68) were tied for second.


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Eduardo Hurtado and Welton scored second-half goals as the Los Angeles Galaxy ended a season-opening, three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids Friday night at the Rose Bowl.

Chris Henderson opened the scoring for Colorado (1-3) in the 49th minute off passes from Matt Kmosko and Adrian Paz for his second goal of the season. But Hurtado scored at the 60th minute and Welton netted the game-winner for Los Angeles (1-3) at the 67th.

Both teams took six shots on goal. Galaxy goalkeeper David Kramer made four saves, while Grafer made three.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Mark Chung scored the go-ahead goal on a header in the 80th minute Friday night as the Kansas City Wizards beat the Dallas Burn 2-1 before 6,272 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mo Johnston set up the game-winner by taking a long cross and heading it to Chung. The goal was Chung’s second of the season.

The Wizards (3-1), who moved into first place in the Western Division, took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when Frank Klopas redirected a Johnston shot. But Dallas’ Gerrell Elliott tied the score in the 39th minute.

Dallas (1-3) lost its second straight one-goal game.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Eagles traded defensive tackle Ronnie Dixon to the New York Jets on Friday for a seventh-round draft pick in this weekend’s draft.

The Eagles also announced that New England matched a $1.25 million, two-year offer sheet to defensive end Ferric Collons.

Philadelphia also signed defensive end John Duff, re-signed defensive tackle Michael Samson, and released defensive back Aliki Johnson.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Thesaurus beat Real Star by 3 1/2 lengths Friday in the $108,000 Forerunner Stakes for 3-year-olds at Keeneland.

Thesaurus, ridden by Craig Perret, ran 1 1/8 miles on the turf course in 1:48 4-5, and paid $4.20 and $3.20 for his ninth victory in 13 starts. Real Star, ridden by Joe Bravo, returned $7.20.


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Freeport Flight held off a determined Fun in Excess for a half-length victory in Friday’s feature at Santa Anita Park, a $46,000 allowance for 3-year-old fillies.

Freeport Flight, ridden by Gary Stevens, ran the one mile in 1:37.16 on a fast main track and paid $10.80, $4.40 and $3.20. Fun in Excess, second under David Flores, paid $4.40 and $2.80. Sister Queen, ridden by Chris McCarron, returned $3.80.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Nancy Darsch, who was fired as Ohio State’s women’s basketball coach, has agreed to coach the New York Liberty of the Women’s NBA, a Columbus television station reported.

Darsch told WSYX on Friday that she had agreed to coach the team, which will play its games at Madison Square Garden and feature Rebecca Lobo, an Olympian who was an All-American at Connecticut.

The WNBA’s inaugural season begins in June.

The station said an official announcement regarding Darsch’s hiring will be made later this month in New York.

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