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June 1, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ The city of Nagano in central Japan was selected Wednesday as Japan’s candidate for host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, a Japan Olympic Committee official said.

The selection was made in a vote by 45 JOC members, with Nagano receiving 34 votes, according to J0C official Satoshi Yamakawa.

Nagano, 112 miles northwest of Tokyo, outpolled three other cities - Asahikawa, in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, Yamagata, 182 miles north of Tokyo, and Morioka, 289 miles north of the capital.

The host city for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games will be selected at an International Olympic Committee assembly in 1991 in Birmingham, Britain.

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TOKYO (AP) - Bill Gullickson, formerly of the New York Yankees, struck out 10, leading the Yomiuri Giants to a 5-4 victory Wednesday over the Chunichi Dragons. The win was Gullickson’s fifth against four losses.

The Dragons’ Gary Rajsich, formerly with the St. Louis Cardinals hit a two- run homer in the seventh inning.

Former minor leaguer George Wright had a two-run homer, leading the Nankai Hawks to a 7-5 victory over Seibu Lions.

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SPARKHILL, N.Y. (AP) - Robert Holford, assistant basketball coach last season at Providence College, was named athletic director and men’s basketball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas Wednesday.

Holford, 32, was an assistant coach at Hofstra from 1984 to 1987. From 1981 to 1984 he coached at St. Agnes High School and Christ the King High School in New York.

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MONTREAL (AP) - Sean Murphy of Toronto set a Canadian record of 55.53 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke Wednesday in heats for the event at the Canadian Olympic swimming trials.

Murphy, 24, broke the record of 55.89 set Aug. 13, 1987, in Brisbane by Mark Tewksbury of Calgary. Tewksbury was second in the heats at 56.06. The final was set for Wednesday night.

The world record of 55.16 was set March 16 by Igor Polianski of the Soviet Union.

Murphy won the 200-meter backstroke on Sunday in 2:01.27, only seven- hundredt hs of a second off Mike West’s Canadian record set in 1984.

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