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December 17, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Japanese fans, who follow the NFL through televised games and features, will get a chance for some live action Aug. 6 when a preseason game will be played in the 56,000-seat Korakuen Tokyo Dome.

Under an agreement reached Friday, the game will be part of the NFL’s American Bowl international series, Joe Rhein, director of administration for the NFL said at a news conference. The game will played the same day as the league’s fourth annual exhibition contest in London. The teams for the two games will announced after the Super Bowl in January.

College games have been played in Japan for several years, but the last pro game was in 1976 when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-10 before 38,000 fans outdoors at Korakuen Stadium.

The Tokyo and London games will be part of a big preseaon weekend.

The nationally televised Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio be played in the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 5. The Tokyo game will be televised live throughout Japan beginning at 11 a.m. local time Sunday, Aug. 6, and will be seen live in the United States at 10 p.m. EDT Saturday. The game in London will begin at 6 p.m. there Sunday and be televised in the United States at 1 p.m. EDT.


BELOIT, Kan. (AP) - Teri Trechek didn’t feel well enough to suit up for Hillcrest’s basketball game against the St. John’s Blujays in western Kansas. But when the game was over, she was the only Mustang on the floor.

After 69 fouls were called in the Kansas Class 1A girls basketball game Friday night, the sophomore guard was the only player left for Hillcrest. Her six teammates had fouled out, as did three of the eight St. John’s players.

Under state high school activities association rules, a team must have a minimum of two players on the court.

With three minutes left in the game, Hillcrest led 57-53. But a Hillcrest foul left only Summer Hasket on the court for the Mustangs. The officials were about to call the game when Trechek, ill with the flu, put on a teammate’s uniform and entered the game.

When Trechek stepped onto the court she was given a technical foul for wearing an ineligible number. The previous player wearing that number had fouled out.

Trechek and Hasket held their own against the five St. John’s players until Karyn File tied the game at 57 with 2:42 remaining. Free throws gave St. John’s a 61-57 lead before the team went into a stall and Hasket committed her fifth and final foul.

This time there was nobody left on the Hillcrest bench, only Techek on the court, and the officials ended the game with 46 seconds left, giving St. John’s the victory.


CARBONDALE, Pa. (AP) - Carbondale Sacred Heart, behind 20 points by Megan Buonomo, snapped what is believed to be the nation’s longest losing streak in girls’ prep basketball - 141 games - with a 41-38 victory over Mountain View.

Prior to the victory Friday night, Sacred Heart had not won a game since Dec. 22, 1981, when it defeated Blue Ridge 47-46 in overtime.

The previous record had been 119 games, set in 1980 by Ottumwa, Iowa.

The record was verified by Doug Huff, who compiles national high school records, when Sacred Heart lost its 120th straight game in the 1986-87 season finale on Feb 18, 1987. Huff is sports editor at The (Wheeling, W.Va.) Intelligencer.

″This game is like winning the national championship for these girls,″ Sacred Heart coach Joe Conigliaro said. ″Everyone is in a bit of shock. They’re not used to winning.″

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