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July 1, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Former minor leaguer Robert L. Gibson allowed only three hits over eight innings as the Yakult Swallows trounced the Hanshin Tigers 11-3 in Japanese baseball Friday.

Gibson struck out five and walked one to gain his third win against one loss.


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Johnny du Plooy, South Africa’s top heavyweight boxer, takes on American James Pritchard on Saturday night prior to embarking for a planned series of fights in the United States.

Du Plooy, 18-1, knocked out American Mike Weaver in April to avenge his only defeat as a professional. Weaver had stopped du Plooy last November.

Pritchard, a native of Louisville, Ky., has a professional record of 18-2-1. He also was defeated by Weaver and has been beaten by Michael Doakes of the United States.

The scheduled 10-round fight will take place in Sun City in the nominally independent black homeland of Bophuthatswana.

Du Plooy, 23, has defeated a number of American fighters and has been seeking to arrange fights against top-ranked boxers in the United States.


LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) - Johan Kriek and Peter Fleming have entered New Jersey’s oldest tennis championships, which is part of the Nabisco Grand Prix, tournament director Eugene L. Scott announced Friday.

Scott also confirmed a new title sponsor will be announced for the event.

Fleming and Kriek join Andre Agassi, the 18-year-old right-hander who is ranked sixth in the world and will be the tournament’s top seed.

Kriek is the defending champion. He also won in 1984.

Fleming, once ranked 11th in the world in singles, is best known for his doubles play. He and John McEnroe hold the Grand Prix record for most doubles titles at 58, and the two combined for seven consecutive Masters titles from 1978-84.

The tournament will be held Aug. 14-21 at Newark Academy.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Runnymede Lobell, winner of the $1 million North America Cup pacing final last Saturday, has been named Horse of the Month by the United States Trotting Association.

The association said in a news release Friday that the North America Cup victory culminated a perfect month for the 3-year-old Nero colt as he recorded four straight triumphs, all at Greenwood Raceway in Toronto.

Runnymede Lobell’s efforts lifted him to the top of the money-winning standings in North America, with 684,150 earned in six starts, all of them victories.

He was driven in each of his four victories by Yves Filion, whose Bayama Farms Inc. of Lachute, Quebec, owns the colt in partnership with Normand Mondoux of Laval, Quebec.

The next test for Runnymede Lobell is the Cane Pace, first leg of the 1988 Pacing Triple Crown, scheduled for Yonkers Raceway at Yonkers, N.Y.

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