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May 8, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Portugal’s Rosa Mota, the first-place woman’s finisher in this year’s Boston Marathon, has entered the May 30 L’eggs Mini Marathon, race organizers announced Friday.

Mota also was the bronze medalist in the 1984 Olympic women’s marathon, the gold medalist in the women’s marathon in the last two European Championships, winner of the 1983 London and Rotterdam marathons, and has won national titles at every distance from 800 meters to 5,000 meters.

Her winning time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 21 seconds, last month at Boston was the third-fastest ever by a woman on that course.

An estimated 10,000 women are expected to compete in the 10-kilometer (6.2- mile) race through Central Park.

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Relegated to Division Two only five years after being champion of Europe, English soccer club Aston Villa Friday fired its manager, Billy McNeill.

It was the second time this season that the club had dismissed its manager. After a poor start, Villa fired Graham Turner in mid-September and appointed McNeill a week later.

Last Monday’s home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday sent Villa to the bottom of the standings. The club won the 1982 Champions’ Cup by beating Bayern Munich.

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AJACCIO, France (AP) - The president of the International Federation of Automobile Sports, Jean-Marie Balestre, said Friday that auto rallies will continue despite the fatal accident on the first day of the Tour of Corsica.

Corsican Jean-Michel Argenti, 25, was killed Thursday night when the Peuguot he was co-piloting plunged 50 yards into a ravine near Bastia during the day’s last time trial. Argenti died immediately. Pilot Jean Marchini was in stable condition Friday with numerous injuries.

Fatal accidents ″are inherent in auto racing,″ Balestre said. ″But in no way is it necessary to put into question automobile rallies.″ Earlier Thursday, five spectators were injured, one seriously, in two separate accidents.

The Tour of Corscia, the fifth race on the world championship circuit, moved into its second day Friday with a stage between Bastia and Calvi.

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