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March 24, 1995

SOJYA, Japan (AP) _ Canadian Rick Gibson fired 5-under-par 67 Friday and vaulted into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Novell KSB Open with a 132 score.

Gibson, who started the round one stroke off the pace, had an eagle the 559-yard, par-5 12th hole when his 330-foot third shot bounced twice and rolled into the cup.

First-round leader Tsuneyuki Nakajimat double-bogeyed the final hole for a 69 and 133 total.

Tatsuo Takasaki was alone at 134 after a 67.

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ABETONE, Italy (AP) _ Isolde Kostner and Werner Perathoner captured the super giant slalom titles at the Italian ski championships Friday.

Kostner beat Alessandra Merlin by seven hundredths of a second in the women’s event, adding the Super-G to the downhill title she won Thursday.

Perathoner upset World Cup Super-G champion Peter Runggaldier in the men’s race.

Alberto Tomba, who ended his season with a second-place finish in giant slalom at the World Military Championship in Andermatt, did not compete.

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LONDON (AP) _ The International Tennis Federation will meet with equipment manufacturers and players’ organizations this summer to consider ways of curbing the power game.

The ITF said Friday the meeting was scheduled for London in June during the week before the Wimbledon championships. It will bring together representatives of the ATP and WTA Tours, racket and ball manufacturers and the ITF Technical Committee.

``Basically we are looking at ways of making the game more entertaining,″ ITF spokesman Ian Barnes said. ``Rallies have become progressively shorter as the technology has developed, particularly in the men’s game, and the problem is worse at Wimbledon, where power and speed are key elements on grass courts.

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) _ Nantes player Jean-Michel Ferri was banned for eight European Cup matches Friday for ``extremely brutal play″ during his club’s UEFA Cup match against Bayern Leverkusen last month.

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, also banned Ferri’s teammate Reynald Pedros for three matches for unsportsmanlike conduct during the Feb. 28 quarterfinal game.

Ferri was ejected in the 65th minute after kicking one of the German players while he was on the ground.

Pedros was thrown out following a clash with Leverkusen’s Christian Woerns, who received a two-game ban.

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MOSCOW (AP) _ Tests confirmed their claims that five Russian basketball players were given mineral water spiked with a medication to make them ill before a game in Athens last week, Russian officials said Friday.

Tests conducted by a Russian laboratory showed samples of mineral water drunk by the Central Army players before the game contained haloperidol, which causes cramps, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.

The team physician said on television that the bottles of mineral water left in the lockerroom ``had evident traces of a hypodermic needle.″

Five players were taken to a hospital with severe cramps, dizziness and nausea just before the European Champion Club Cup quarterfinals against Olympiakos on March 16.

The remaining five players suited up for the game but Russia lost, 79-54.

Greek health officials said urine and blood samples of the players hospitalized showed no traces of the medication..

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