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March 27, 1993

KURIMOTOMACHI, Japan (AP) _ Seiichi Kanai shot a two-under-par 70 Saturday and stretched his lead to three shots going into the final round of the Fuji Electric Grandslam senior golf championship.

Kanai, who led after the first round, had four birdies and two bogeys, giving him a two-round total of 137 on the 6,657-yard, par-72 Oak Hills Country Club course southeast of Tokyo.

Lee Trevino and Tom Wargo were tied at 140 along with Gary Cowan, Mitsuo Hirukawa and Kikuo Arai. Wargo shot a 68, while Trevino shot a 70 and Cowan shot a 72. Hirukawa had a 69 and Arai shot a 70.

Gary Player shot a 72 and was tied with Al Kelley and four others at 142. Arnold Palmer was at 148.


HAMAMATSU, Japan (AP) - Japanese men’s and women’s gymnasts dominated the team and the all-around individual event Saturday in the Japan-United States Gymnastic Championship.

In the team competition, Japan beat the United States 218.35 to 217.3 in the men’s event. In the women’s event, Japan edged the United States 148.625 to 148.324 at the Hamamatsu Arena in central Japan.

In the all-round men’s individual event, Takashi Chinen had 54.700 after performing the floor exercise, the pommel horse, the rings, the vaulting horse, parallel bars and horizontal bar.

Gregg Curtis was the best among five Americans, placing in third with 54.250 after winning the floor exercise and vault.

In the women’s all-round individual event, Mari Kosuge won the vaulting horse, the balance beam and finished fifth in the floor exercise for 38.050 to win the crown.

Kosuge and Laura French of the United States shared first place in the uneven bars.

French was the best among the Americans, finishing second with 37.325. She won the uneven bars.


WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - The governing board for high school athletics in South Dakota will consider a proposal next month to restrict some sports to athletes of one gender.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will consider restricting football and wrestling to boys and volleyball and gymnastics to girls at its board meeting April 7. One school district has delayed a decision on allowing a girl to try out for football because of the proposal.

Marlyn Goldhammer, who heads the SDHSAA, said the proposed rules change is a response to a request by a Lake Preston boy to join the girls’ volleyball team. The association has allowed girls to participate in football and wrestling in past years.

″We don’t believe that a girl could dominate a boys’ sport, but now, in a sport like volleyball, a boy could dominate a girls’ sport,″ Goldhammer said. ″And historically, girls have been discriminated against, so our policy was not to be in opposition of girls participating in interscholastic sports.″

The association also sanctions five other high school sports - basketball, track and field, cross country, golf and tennis - with separate competitions for girls and boys.

Goldhammer said no other state has similar rules restricting certain sports to one gender. If approved by the SDHSAA’s Board of Control, the rules change would have to be passed by at least 60 percent of the state’s school boards to go into effect.

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