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October 16, 1990

FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) _ Police are looking for two runners who kept running after finishing Sunday’s 17-kilometer Murten-Fribourg classic.

Henri Nuoffer, chief warden of the Bellechasse jail said the two 30-year- old inmates had been allowed to compete on a good conduct pass.

Both were serving 30-month terms for drug offenses and had practiced during four months to prepare for the race. They would have been eligible for release next January.

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LONDON (AP) - The qualifying rounds for the 1992 European Soccer Championships take on a quality look Wednesday with some of the most powerful teams joining the hunt.

The defending champion Netherlands, World Cup semifinalists England and Italy will play their first matches in the preliminary phase of a tournament that will end in Stockholm almost two years from now.

The Dutch play Portugal in Lisbon. England, playing its first full international match under manager Graham Taylor, plays host to Poland. Italy is on the road against Hungary.

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CHEPSTOW, Wales (AP) - Lestor Piggott, one of thoroughbred racing’s winningest jockeys, Tuesday won his first two races since ending a five-year retirement.

Piggott, 54, rode Nicholas, the odds-on favorite and trained by his wife, Susan, to a half-length victory in the fourth race, a six-furlong event for 2- year-olds and up.

It was the 4,350th winner on a British track in Piggott’s career, and the first since he came out of retirement Monday. He failed to win in three races he rode on his first day back and was shut out in his first race Tuesday.

Piggott, who retired in October 1985 and served a jail term for tax fraud, rode an 11-1 longshot, Shining Jewel, to victory in a one-mile race for 3- year-olds.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Eric Griffin of Houston and Lionell Odom of New York were named on Tuesday to represent the United States in the final section of boxing’s World Cup, November 8-18, in Bombay, India.

The competition will have bouts at 106, 119, 156 and over 201 pounds. The United States is not entering anyone in the other two categories.

Griffin has dominated the 106-pound class in national and international competition and was named Boxer Of The Year by the U.S. Amateur Boxing Federation.

Odom, who fights at 119, was a silver medalist at the National Championships and the Goodwill Games.

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BEIJING (AP) - American Derrick Rostagno defeated Sweden’s Niclas Kroon 6-1, 6-3 in the first-round in the round-robin Marlboro Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Play shifts to Hong Kong on Wednesday, when Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang play their first matches.

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FERRARA, Italy (AP) - Massimiliano Duran of Italy will defend his World Boxing Council cruiserweight title against French challenger Anaclet Wamba in Ferrara on Dec. 8, Italian matchmakers announced Tuesday.

It will be Duran’s first defense of the title he won from veteran Puerto Rican Carlos De Leon.

The WBC lists Wamba as the No.1 challenger.

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) - Albanian soccer star Pjerin Noga, who slipped away from his teammates four weeks ago as they left Marseille, emerged from hiding Tuesday to announce he wants to play in France.

Noga played in Dynamo Tirana’s 5-1 loss Sept. 20 against French first division leader Olympique Marseille in the first round of the European Champions Cup.

Noga said at a news conference that he left the airport terminal and took a taxi to the French team’s headquarters. A club director put him up in an apartment, and he didn’t go outside for 24 days, Noga said. He will apply for political asylum.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Donna de Varona, winner of two gold medals in the 1964 Olympics, and Eleanor Holm, who won two races in the 1932 Games, will be honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Hall announced Tuesday.

De Varona, who set more than 40 world and American records in the freestyle, will be the first female recipient of the ISHOF Gold Medallion for her post-competitive achievements. She will be presented the award next May at the Hall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Holm, winner of 29 national championships who set six world records in the backstroke, will receive the ISHOF Grand Dame award.

Also being honored is Sybil Smith, the first black woman swimmer to make All-American, which she did while at Boston University.

De Varona and Smith also will launch new national safety and minority programs conducted by the Hall and sponsored by Alamo Rent A Car.

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