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June 26, 1992

BEIJING (AP) _ The United States beat New Zealand 6-0 Friday to finish the preliminary round of the women’s world softball Challenger Cup with a perfect 7-0 record.

Lori Harrigan struck out eight and never allowed a runner past first base. Shila Cornell hit a home run to highlight the U.S. offense.

The United States plays Canada and Japan meets on China in the semifinals on Saturday.

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HAKUI, Japan (AP) - Kazuyoshi Yokoshima fired a 4-under 68 for Friday’s best score, and Yoshinori Kaneko shot a 69 to share the second-round lead in the Mizuno Open. They have 36-hole scores of 139.

Tsukasa Watanabe also had a 68 and was one shot behind the co-leaders along with Takenori Hiraishi and Australian Brian Jones. Hiraishi had a 70 and Jones a 73.

Former U.S. Amateur champion Chris Patton was in a group at 141.

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GAMOUCHO, Japan (AP) - A double-bogey on the final hole gave Junko Yasui a par 72 Friday but it was good enough to put her into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Japn Women’s Open. She has a 36-hole score of 141.

First-round leader Atsuko Hikage had a 75 and was one shot behind Yasui.

American Patti Rizzo was among five players at 146. Kristine Hoos, another American, failed to make a cut.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Pae Won Guk of North Korea successfully defended his title in the trap shoot of the Asian Clay Shooting Championship on Friday.

Pae shot 215 birds while runnerup Kazumi Watanabe of Japan shot 209 birds.

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Skaters in major championships will be allowed to display two commercial logos instead of one next season under a rule change approved by the International Skating Unions.

The change, which applies to figure and speed skating, was proposed by the former Soviet Union as a way to increase sponsor money for training and skating events.

It passed without opposition at the union’s congress which ended Friday and takes effect July 1.

Competitors, officials, coaches and service people can display two trademarks ″which must be dignified and no larger than 13 square centimeters.″

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LONDON (AP) - Irish showjumping rider James Brizzell was found guilty of horse abuse on Friday and banned for five years by the Irish Equestrian Federation.

Brizzell’s father, James Brizzell Sr., was banned for life for his part in applying astringent leg bandages to Copper Pride to try to increase the horse’s performance.

Brizzell, 18, was sent home from the Nations Cup last month in England after officials found astringent on Copper Pride’s legs. The horse had shown signs of distress while jumping in an outside ring.

The Irish Federation action was endorsed by the British Show Jumping Association, which also imposed a five year ban.

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ASSEN, Netherlands (AP) - American Eddie Lawson led qualifiers for Saturday’s 500cc event in the Dutch Grand Prix of motorcycling. Lawson, driving Cagiva, was timed in 2 minutes, 3.67 seconds.

John Kocinski of the United States was fourth on a Yamaha.

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