TOKYO (AP) _ Ex-major leaguer Shane Mack hit his 21st home run Wednesday and the Yomiuri Giants beat the Yakult Swallows 2-0, moving within one victory of clinching the Central League pennant.
In the Pacific League, Troy Neel, formerly with the Oakland Athletics, doubled home a run in the three-run first inning as the Orix BlueWave, who already have clinched the pennant, beat the Seibu Lions 6-2.
Oilers Plan to Two Preseason Games In Tennessee in 1997
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The NFL’s Oilers, headed to Tennessee for 1998, will play two preseason games in the state in August.
The Oilers will host the New Orleans Saints the weekend of Aug. 2-3 in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, where the team plans to play after moving to Tennessee in 1998 until its Nashville stadium is finished.
The Oilers will play the Washington Redskins at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville the weekend of Aug. 9-10.
Guidi Takes Second Stage and Overall Leadership
LECCE, Italy (AP) _ Fabrizio Guidi of Italy moved into the overall lead in the Tour of Puglia cycling race Wednesday by winning the second stage of the three-day run.
Guidi edged contrymen Fabio Baldato, Giovanni Lombardi and Massimo Strazzer in a crowded sprint at the finish line.
Johan Museeuw of Belgium, who won the opening stage, finished the second stage in the same time as Guidi, but still lost the overall lead to the Italian cyclist.
Loranger Says Steroids at Root of Firing
SACKVILLE, New Brunswick (AP) _ Marc Loranger said he was fired as head football coach at Canada’s Mount Allison University because he refused a school order to release players suspected of steroid use.
``They think if you have any suspicion, I should cut the person,″ he said Tuesday. ``When I became head coach, I took some legal advice on that and that’s libelous. You can’t do that.″
Athletic director Jack Drover denied Loranger was let go as punishment for the recent suspension of a player using steroids, or for refusing to cut players suspected of doing the same.
``No coach has ever been told to cut on suspicion,″ he said.
Vince Dooley Restricts Coach’s Recruiting
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia’s new golf coach has been told by athletics director Vince Dooley he cannot go off campus to recruit Charles Howell, considered by many to be the No. 1 high school player in the nation.
Coach Chris Haack violated an NCAA rule by commenting publicly on Howell, a senior at Westminster School in Augusta. Dooley self-reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference office.
Last month in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, Haack said Howell ``has a focus very similar to the focus Tiger Woods has, and he’s focused on becoming the greatest player he can possibly be.″
College coaches are prohibited from commenting on high school athletes before they have signed a letter of intent with a college.
Dooley asked SEC commissioner Roy Kramer to allow Georgia to continue recruiting Howell, who says he has narrowed his choices to Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Florida, UNLV and Georgia. Howell said he will sign early on Nov. 6.
SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle SuperSonics signed free-agent Derrick Alston on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-11 Alston played last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.