CHIBA, Japan (AP) _ Kiyoshi Maita shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday for the first-round lead in the $1.2 million Bridgestone Open.
British Open and PGA Champion Nick Price of Zimbabwe was among six players at 68.
Also at 68 were Masashi ″Jumbo″ Ozaki of Japan, American Brian Watts, Australian Graham Marsh and Japan’s Hideki Kase and Toshiaki Odate.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - A 6-under-par 66 carried Lucas Parsons to a one- shot lead after the first round of the Queensland Open on Thursday.
Parsons led amateurs Robbie Brook and Adam Levesconte, who upstaged some of Australia’s top professionals by carding 67s on the 6,850-yard Windaroo Country Club course.
Former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch, American Jack O’Keefe and New Zealander Michael Cambpell, were tied at 68.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State defensive lineman Timiko Payton has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of misuse of a credit.
Payton, 20, is to be sentenced Dec. 13. The charge is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $2,500 fine or restitution.
Payton pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in taking a bank machine card from a fellow student’s room April 30 and using it in several ATM machines on campus, said Jeff Blake, an assistant prosecutor in Franklin County.
Charges of theft and receiving stolen property were dropped.
Payton and three others used the card at 14 machines, obtaining $1,060 from nine of the machines, Blake said.
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) - Japan’s national men’s volleyball team defeated the United States 15-13, 15-9, 15-12 Thursday in the opener of a three-match series in Japan.
The two teams meet again Saturday in Tenri in western Japan.
LONDON (AP) - Alerted that drug pushers are targeting young soccer players, the English Football Association is introducing out of competition testing.
Students aged 9 to 18 may be tested as well as women playing in England’s 30-club national league, said Alan Hodson, who supervises the FA’s medical and coaching program.
Random tests will be carried out at training as well as after matches for youth players, women and adult professionals, he said. Tests will increase from 80 to over 300 per season.
″It seems pushers are hanging around young footballers who have a bit of money,″ Hodsonsaid.
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - Multiple Breeders Crown champions Village Jiffy and Shady Daisy, each coming off Crown victories last weekend at Freehold Raceway, head the field for Sunday’s $50,000 Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace at Foxboro Park.
Village Jiffy, who won the $334,000 Breeders Open Pace, drew post position No. 2 in the Beckwith and was made the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Paul MacDonell, who drove the 4-year-old in the Crown, again will be in the sulky. With his win in the Breeders Crown, Village Jiffy went over the million-dollar mark in career earnings, which now stand at $1,003,143.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - American Jake Rodriguez will defend his International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title against unbeaten challenger Kostya Tszyu in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 28.
Australian promoter Bill Mordey, who had hoped to stage the bout in Melbourne, announced Thursday that he had reached agreement with promoter Bob Arum for the 12-round bout at the MGM Grand Casino.
Tszyu will leave for the United States about 14 days before the bout. The former world amateur champion has an unblemished professional record of 13 victories, including 10 by knockouts. He won 259 of his 270 amateur bouts.
Rodriguez, from Brentwood, N.Y., has fought 30 times, with 26 victories, two draws and two losses.