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June 3, 1995

ANNAKA, Japan (AP) _ Seiichi Kanai fired a 2-under-par 70 Saturday to hold to his three-shot lead after three rounds of the Japan PGA Senior Championship.

The 54-year-old Kanai, winner of the tournament in 1990, has a 54-hole total of 206 on the 6,694-yard Shimoakima Country Club course.

Teruo Sugihara shot a 69 and was second at 209.


SHIBATA, Japan (AP) _ Ryoken Kawagishi, winless for the last three years, fired a 7-under-par 64 Saturday and vaulted into the two-shot lead after three rounds of the $1.2 million JCB Classic Sendai tournament.

Starting the third round four shots off the lead, Kawagishi has a 54-hole total 203.

First-round leader Nichito Hashimoto shot a 69 for 205.

Eduardo Herrera of Colombia, Kyi Hla Han of Burma and Japanese Toru Suzuki, Mitsuo Harada and Mitsutaka Kusakabe were at 207. Suzuki turned in a 66, Harada fired a 68, Herrera and Han each had a 69 and Kusakabe a 71.


KOBE, Japan (AP) _ South Koreans Ku Ok-hee and Lee Young-me were tied for the lead in the Mitsubishi Electric Ladies tournament after Saturday’s second round with scores of 143.

Ku fired a 2-under-par 70, the day’s best score, and Lee had a 73 in the rain.


TOKYO (AP) _ Tom O’Malley hit his 17th homer of the season on Saturday as the Yakult Swallows beat the Yokohama Baystars 7-4 at Iwaki Stadium.

O’Malley leads the Central League with 17 home runs. He had 15 last season for the Hanshin Tigers.


WEMBLEY, England (AP) _ David Platt scored on a penalty shot with two minutes left Saturday to give England a 2-1 victory over Japan in the opening game of the International Challenge tournament.

Japan delighted its noisy fans by tying the match on a goal by Masami Ihari in the 64th minute after Darren Anderton had scored for England in the 48th minute.

But Platt booted home the winner after Japanese captain Tetsuji Hashiratani had deliberately used his hands to keep out a kick by John Scales.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ President Kim Young-sam on Saturday kicked off the eight-nation Korea Cup, an expanded international soccer tournament South Korea hopes will help its bid to host the 2002 World Cup finals.

Some 70,000 watched as thousands of colorful balloons were released and cheerleaders waved banners that read ``2002 World Cup Korea.″

South Korea launched an Asian tournament, called the President’s Cup, a quarter century ago. This year, renaming it Korea Cup, Seoul invited national and professional teams from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Zambia, Belgium, Sweden and Scotland.

South Korean officials hope the tournament, being played in Seoul and three other cities, will demonstrate the nation’s facilities and the popularity of soccer.


WEMBLEY, England (AP) _ A WBC heavyweight title bout between champion Oliver McCall and Frank Bruno is expected to be confirmed Sunday for July.

Bruno’s manager, Frank Warren, has called a news conference at Wembley Stadium, where the British fighter is expected to make his fourth bid for a world crown against McCall in a triple world-title fight card July 22.

Nigel Benn, whose knockout of Gerald McClellan in February left the American critically ill, is expected to make his first appearance since the ill-fated victory in the main support bout. Benn would be making an eighth defense of his WBC super-middleweight crown.

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