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October 11, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A travel company is offering a round-trip package to the London Marathon next April 20. But this package has an extra added attraction: a guaranteed berth in the starting field.

The London Marathon is the world’s largest with 23,000 competitors selected from the more than 80,000 applicants. Two thousand places are reserved for overseas entries, 370 of them Americans.

Keith Prowse and Co. (USA) Ltd., is the official overseas tour operator for competitors and their families. It is offering packages ranging from $669 to $1,096, depending on point of departure and hotel quality.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwanese pitcher Kuo Tai-yuan, who plays for the Seibu Lions in Japan, said Friday he will receive a medical check before returning to Japan on Oct. 15 to determine the extent of a right shoulder injury suffered in July.

Kuo, 23, helped Taiwan win the bronze medal at an exhibition tournament at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and was recruited by the Seibu Lions 14 months ago. He was 9-5 before being injured.

GAMO, Japan (AP) - Chen Li-Ying, who turned pro last year, shot a 1- under-par 71 Friday and took a two-stroke second-round lead with a 1-under- par 143 total in the $183,000 Takara Shuzo Invitational golf tournament for women.

The 25-year-old Chen, who started Friday’s round three strokes behind first-round leader Hiromi Takamura of Japan, carded five birdies and four bogeys on the 6,041-yard, par-72 Gamo Golf Club course.

Takamura shot a 5-over-par 77 for a 2-over-par 146 and shared fourth place with Tu A-Yu of Taiwan and three other Japanese. Tu shot a 1-over-par 73 Friday.

Nathalie Jeanson of France shot a 1-over-par 73 for a 1-over-par 145 total and shared second place with Tai Yu-Hsia of Taiwan, whjo had a 1-under-par 71.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Mark Messier, a forward with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, was fined $250 Thursday for leaving the scene of an accident.

Messier, 24, did not appear in court and his lawyer entered a guilty plea on his behalf.

Crown prosecutor Orest Yereniuk told the court that Messier already had pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving and was fined $75.

Provincial court Judge Sam Friedman noted Messier ″is in the eyes of the public at all times,″ and added, ″we usually expect our professional athletes to lead exemplary lives.″

Court heard Messier lost control of his car on Sept. 6 and slammed into a parked car which was propelled forward into a another vehicle.

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