TOKYO (AP) _ Hideki Matsui blasted a two-run home run and Shane Mack singled home a run as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Central League’s front-running Yakult Swallows 5-1 at Tokyo Dome Sunday.
Hiromi Makihara limited the Swallows to three hits with seven strikeouts as he improved his record to 11-8.
Matsui’s 20th homer of the season came in the first inning. Mack, formerly with the Minnesota Twins, went 3-for-4, including a one-run single in the two-run fifth inning.
Terry Bross of the Swallows received $10,000 from club owner Jun Kuwahara for his no-hit, no-run game against the Giants Saturday. Bross, formerly with the San Francisco Giants, became the third non-Japanese and 62nd pitcher in Japan to achieve the feat.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) _ Beleaguered Benfica coach Artur Jorge may soon be out of a job if fans can convince management that a new man is needed to bring the Lisbon team out of the doldrums, news reports said Sunday.
A group of some 250 fans surrounded Benfica president Manuel Damasio after the game against Guimaraes Saturday night and asked him to fire Jorge, the reports said.
They had just seen a victory slip through Benfica’s fingers after Guimaraes tied the score 1-1 with a goal in the final minute of the game.
``I am going home to sleep and later I will make a decision,″ Damasio told the angry fans.
BEIJING (AP) _ The United States defeated China, and South Korea beat Germany on Sunday in the fourth weekend of round-robin play in the Women’s World Volleyball Grand Prix.
The U.S. team rebounded from a first-set loss to China to finish 7-15, 15-7, 15-8, 15-9. The victory puts the United States in first place going into next weekend’s finals in Shanghai.
China also makes it into the finals, but as the fourth-ranked team.
South Korea defeated Germany 15-12, 15-1, 15-8, but neither team will go on to the finals.
The two other finalists are Brazil and Cuba, who played matches Sunday in Hamamatsu, Japan. Brazil defeated Russia 14-16, 15-5, 15-7, 15-7. Cuba knocked out Japan 15-4, 16-14, 4-15, 15-6.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) _ Kevin Kelly won a close, 12-round decision over previously unbeaten fellow Australian Leo Young on Sunday, winning the Commonwealth light-middleweight boxing title.
Kelly, who already held the Australian title, used slick boxing to dethrone Young and improve his record to 12-4-3.
Young, who was making his first defense of the title he won last year by outpointing Canadian Fitzgerald Bruney, slipped to 13-1.
Two judges scored it 119-111 and 118-111 for Kelly, while the third had it a 114-114 draw.
``It was a very hard fight. I wouldn’t have borne any malice if it had gone Leo’s way,″ Kelly said.
The bout was promoted by three-time world champion Jeff Fenech. Kelly weighed 154 pounds. Young weighed 152 3/4.
AVILA, Spain (AP) _ Laurent Jalabert of France stretched his overall lead from six seconds to more than five minutes Sunday, moving into a hard-to-attack position in the Tour of Spain cycling race.
Jalabert used his climbing skills on the one second-class and two first-class mountain passes in the eighth stage to take a lead of 5 minutes, 3 seconds over Spaniard Abraham Olano, who is second overall.
The Frenchman, who had led since Tuesday, finished Sunday’s 136.2-mile course in 6:05:01. Second-place finisher Roberto Pistore of Italy followed by 3:16.
Johan Bruyneel of Belgium finished third, 4:32 behind Jalabert. Bruyneel’s finish also pushed him up to third overall, behind 6:15.
LONDON (AP) _ Ian Wright struck with a close range diving header four seconds from the end of regulation time Sunday to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory at last-place Manchester City.
The England striker dived to meet a well-placed right wing cross from Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp to beat German goalkeeper Eike Immel from 4 yards. The goal gave unbeaten Arsenal all three points, moving the Gunners up five places to sixth in the standings.
The result leaves City stranded in the cellar with only one point from its first five games of the campaign, the team’s worst start for 23 years.