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June 1, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ Hensley Muelens and Tom O’Malley hit two-run homers to help the Yakult Swallows to a 9-0 victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday. Muelens has eight home runs this season and O’Malley has six.


Okano Leads After Third Round

SHIBATA, Japan (AP) _ Masayuki Okano shot a 3-under-par 68 in the third round Saturday and took a one-stroke lead in the JCB Classic Sendai tournament. He has a 204 total.

Jumbo Ozaki, in contention for his fourth victory this season, and Hideaki Sato each shot a 67 and were tied for second place at 205.

Okano, who has yet to win in his seven-year career, will play in the last group for his first time, and Ozaki will be one of his playing partners.

``I can’t believe I’ll be in the last group in the final round,″ said the 34-year-old Okano. ``My daughter, Yukari, is a fan of Jumbo. I wonder who she’ll root for.″


Mr Purple, Tinners Way Head Five-Horse Field in The Californian

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Mr Purple, who won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 2, and Tinners Way, a two-time winner of the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, are among five entries in Sunday’s $250,000-added Californian at Hollywood Park.

Mr Purple will be ridden by Corey Nakatani and is assigned 122 pounds for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

Mr Purple has won six of 19 lifetime starts and earned $1,103,142.

Tinners Way, 116, will be ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye.

Others entered are Helmsman, 122, to be ridden by Chris McCarron; Del Mar Dennis, Alex Solis, 118, and Siphon, Kent Desormeaux, 118.


Helissio Favored In Field of 15 in French Derby

PARIS (AP) _ Helissio, undefeated in three races, is the favorite for Sunday’s Prix du Jockey Club French Derby, which has attracted a field of 15.

Arbatax, also trained in Chantilly, should provide Helissio’s toughest competition.

The traditionally-strong British challenge, successful last year with Celtic Swing, has just four entries. Only High Baroque and Don Micheletto have any realistic chance.

In doubt is the future of Chantilly, France’s leading racecourse and training center for the past 160 years. The financially strapped facility is in need of a facelift.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Ann Marie Lauck added the Advil Mini Marathon to her preparation for the Olympic marathon. Lauck, who has training for the games in Marietta, Ga., entered the June 8 mini-marathon Saturday.

She won the 6.2-mile event in Central Park two years ago.

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