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October 12, 1986

Undated (AP) _ CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - John Martin of South Africa crossed the finish line at Table Bay Harbor for the first leg of the BOC round-the-world single-handed yacht race late Saturday night.

Martin, leader in the race that began Aug. 30 in Newport, R.I., was expected to arrive in Tuna Marine Voortrekker II by sunset after encountering good winds in the early afternoon. But the wind dropped suddenly, and he did not arrive until 10:09 p.m. local time.

The race is expected to end in Newport next May after stops in Sydney, Australia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) - Tsuneyuki Nakajima edged Japan’s other two top pros by a single stroke Sunday and won the Japan Open Golf Championship for the second consecutive year.

Nakajima, starting the final round two shots off the pace, fired a 3-under- par 69 for a 284 total and earned $66,700 for the 35th victory of his career, including five this season.

Isao Aoki tied for second with Masashi Ozaki at 285. Aoki shot a final- round 71 and Ozaki had a 69 on the Totsuka Country Club’s west course, a 7,066-yard, par-72 layout.

David Ishii of Hawaii was among five players sharing 14th at 292. He shot a 70 Sunday.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Swiss champion Richard Umberg posted his first international victory in winning the Melbourne marathon Sunday.

Umberg, 36, staged a stunning comeback in the final third of the 26.2-mile race to overhaul Umbe Slaa of Tanzania and Jerzy Skarzynski of Poland.

He went on to win in the slow time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 21 seconds - more than six minutes outside the race record held by American Bill Rogers. Slaa finished second in 2:17:48, two minutes ahead of Skarzynski.

Tani Ruckle, an Australian-based Canadian, won the women’s race in record time, trimming 10 minutes off her previous best with a time of 2:36:06.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Paeng Nepomuceno of the Philippines will be gunning for his third championship when the 22nd AMF Bowling World Cup opens Monday at the Roedovre Bowling Center.

The 29-year-old left-hander who captured the Cup in Iran in 1976 and repeated in 1980 in Indonesia, is the only former champion in the 41-nation field.

Scott Thomsen, two-time American collegiate champion from Washington State University, is another strong entry in the men’s field. Thomsen, 24, finished eighth in last year’s World Cup in South Korea.

Mexico’s Edda Piccini, winner of the Tournament of the Americas in Miami last summer, is the favorite in the women’s field. Another top contender in the women’s field is American collegiate champion Vicki Parker.

The week-long tournament will conclude Oct. 19.


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Mark Davis, formerly of Old Dominion, scored 38 points Saturday night to lead the Adelaide 36ers to a 122-119 overtime victory over the Brisbane Bullets in the first match of the best-of-three Australian National Basketball League Championship playoffs.

American Bill Jones contributed 30 points to the winners’ attack, while Leroy Loggins of the United States topped the defending champion Bullets with 38.

A crowd of 12,000, an Australian record, watched the match at the Bullets’ Boondall Stadium. The second game is scheduled for Adelaide on Friday.


SUZUKA, Japan (AP) - Ricky Johnson, the 1986 American Motocross Association champion, rode a Honda CR250 to victory Sunday in the 250cc class race of the All-Japan Motocross Championship.

Johnson scored 46 total points to 40 for runner-up David Bailey and 36 for third-placer Erick Kehoe, both of the United States.

American George Holland, riding a Suzuki RM125, captured the 125cc class title with 41 points in a race over the 0.87-mile Suzuka Motocross field.


TOKYO (AP) - The Hiroshima Toyo Carp beat the Yakult Swallows 8-3 Sunday and clinched their fifth Central League pennant, with one game left in their Japanese baseball season.

The victory, the Carp’s eighth in a row, gave Hiroshima a half-game lead over the second-place Yomiuri Giants, who already have finished their season. Even if the Carp lose their one remaining game, they still will finish percentage points ahead of the Giants.

The Carp are to meet the Pacific League champion Seibu Lions in the best- of-seven Japan Series starting Saturday.

The Chunichi Dragons posted a 6-5 victory over the Yokohama Taiyo Whales in 10 innings as former major leaguer Gary Rajsich hit two home runs for the Dragons. He has 36 home runs this season.


PARIS (AP) - Ahmed Salah of Djibouti, two-time winner of the Paris Marathon, won the eighth 20 Kilometers of Paris race Sunday, finishing in a time of 57 minutes and 19 seconds.

The 29-year-old Salah beat runner-up Alessio Faustini of Italy, who was timed in 57:48. Frenchman Jacques Lefrand was third in 57:50.

More than 23,000 runners took part in the race.

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