Undated (AP) _ TOKYO (AP) - Katsuhiko Kido slammed three straight home runs to lead the Hanshin Tigers to a 7-2 Japanese League baseball victory over the Yokohama Taiyo Whales Saturday. The third-year catcher now has eight home runs this season. ---
BEAUCAIRE, France (AP) -Thierry Marie of France won his first professional cycling race Saturday, taking the third stage of the Midi Libre race, while Italy’s Silvano Contini remained the overall leader.
The Frenchman covered the 114 miles in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 8 seconds, with a bonus, to edge Doug Shapiro of the United States, who was timed in 4:47:16. Philippe Bouvatier of France was third in 4:47:30.
In the overall standings, Contini led with 15:17:18 and Eric Caritoux of France was second, 16 seconds behind. ---
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Italy defeated Malaysia 75-39, while Taiwan’s national team beat Japan 56-54 in the opening matches of the women’s William Jones Cup Basketball Tournament Saturday.
Canada meets Thailand and Japan faces Malaysia in Sunday’s preliminary round matches.
Fourteen women’s teams from 13 countries are participating in the annual tournament, which ends on June 27. Taiwan is fielding two squads.
The teams are divided into four groups, and the top two teams in each group will advance to the winner’s round.
The tournament is named for William Jones of Britain, who was secretary- gener al for the International Basketball Association for 45 years before he retired in 1976. Jones died in 1981. ---
OBERWIL, Switzerland (AP) - Belgian sprint specialist Eric Vanderaerden on Saturday won a fast fourth leg of the Tour of Switzerland road cycling race, edging a field of about 50 riders.
In what turned out to be a pursuit race over about half of the 109 miles, Vanderaerden was timed 4 hours, 16 minutes, 30 seconds for an average of 25 mph. Australia’s Phil Anderson was second.
With all top finishers clocking the same time, the overall standings remained unchanged with Portugal’s Acacio da Silva retaining a four-second lead over Anderson.