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September 27, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Damon Hill, a point from winning his first Formula One driving championship, joined the little-known TWR Arrows team Friday in a surprise move.

Hill was looking for a new team for next season after being dropped by the Williams-Renault team in a salary dispute.

The signing was a major comedown for Hill, who is leaving the strongest team in Formula One for one of the weakest.

Arrows, whose cars were registerd this year as Footwork Hart, has scored just one point this season in 15 Grand Prix races and is ninth in the constructor’s championship standings.

Hill has won seven races and been second twice for Williams, which has clinched the constaructors title with 165 points.


Mouse Darkens Arena

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ A mouse caused the power outage that left 16,500 NHL fans in the dark during a Mighty Ducks-Pittsburgh Penguins exhibition game at Arrowhead Pond on Wednesday.

The mouse apparently skittered along a power line into the basement, said John Nicoletti.

``He was walking along just fine, until he fell into the main generator,″ Nicoletti said. That set off sparks that knocked out the backup generator as well.

The darkness lasted about 15 seconds near the end of the second period of the game, won 6-1 by the Ducks.

The Ducks are owned by the Walt Disney Co. and play not far from Disneyland, home to Mickey Mouse, the company’s most famous character.


Minoza Takes Two-Stroke Lead in Japan Open

IBARAKI, Japan (AP) _ Frankie Minoza of the Philippines moved into a two-stroke lead in the $1.1 Japan Open by firing a 5-under-par 66 Friday for a 138 total.

First-round leader Carlos Franco of Paraguay shot a 72 and fell to second place.

Yoshimitsu Fukuzawa had a 70 for a 141 total. Another stroke back was Jumbo Ozaki, who shot a 72. Ozaki, Japan’s winningest golfer, is seeking his record-tying sixth Japan Open title, seventh victory this season and 100th career victory.

Only Minoza and Fukuzawa broke par Friday as gusty winds swept the course known for its narrow fairway and deep roughs.


Otani Leads Women’s Tournament

ICHIHARA, Japan (AP) _ Mariko Otani shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday in the opening round of the Kosaido Ladies Cup tournament and took a one-shot lead.

Tseng Hsiu-feng of Taiwan and Hiroko Inoue were tied for second after opening 70s.


Alexander Eligibility Suit Dropped

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas basketball player Glendon Alexander’s lawsuit over eligibility was settled, his lawyer said Friday.

The NCAA said that after review, it found that Alexander meets the initial eligibility requirements as a student athlete.

The NCAA said it stands behind a decision that its clearinghouse not accept reading and computer-application courses Alexander took in high school, making him ineligible.

``However, the NCAA Clearinghouse ... determined that another course taken by Mr. Alexander in high school would probably have met core requirements if it had been requested and included in the list of core courses submitted by his high school for approval,″ the NCAA said.

Attorney Woody Bassett, representing Alexander, said as the result of the NCAA ruling, the lawsuit was dropped.

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