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October 23, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Nayoko Yoshikawa fired a 3-under-par 69 Sunday and captured the Itsuki Staff women’s golf tournament by two strokes.

It was the 39-year-old Yoshikawa’s fifth victory this season.

Yoshikawa, who started Sunday’s round one stroke behind leader Tai Yu Hsia of Taiwan, carded five birdies on the 6,346-yard, par-72 Rokko Country Club course.

Her 8-under-par total of 208 was worth $55,000 from a purse of $312,500.

Erika Nakajima also shot a 69 Sunday for a 210 and received $26,000 for second place.

Ok Hee Ku of South Korea also had a 69 for a 211 total and placed third.

Patti Rizzo of the United States shared fourth place with Tu A-yu at 212. She carded a 72 Sunday. Tu had a round of 70.

Tai had a disappointing round of 75 and finshed in sixth place tied with Japan’s Shiomi Suzuki at 213.


NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - The Chunichi Dragons pounded out nine hits Sunday to defeat the Seibu Lions 7-3 and even the Japan Series at one game apiece.

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Toru Nimura’s run- scoring triple and added two more runs in the third on a home run by Yonetoshi Kawabata off Taiwanese hurler Kuo Tai-yuang.

The Pacific League-champion Lions tied the game 3-all in the fifth inning after former minor leaguer Tyler Van Burkleo’s double ignited a rally.

In the eighth inning, Kuo hit Masaru Uno with a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing home the go-ahead run for the Central League champion Dragons. Toru Nimura gave the Dragons a 5-3 lead on a squeeze play, and Shigeki Oto singled home two more runs.

Tatsuo Komatsu scattered eight hits over 7 2-3 innings and was relieved by Kuo Yuan-Tzu.

The third game of the best-of-seven series will be Tuesday at the defending champion Lions’ Seibu Stadium in Tokyo.


TOKYO (AP) - The Lotte Orions beat the Hankyu Braves 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, but the Braves defeated the Orions 7-1 in the nightcap as the regular Japanese baseball season ended.

More than 37,000 spectators watched the last game of the ″Hankyu Braves.″ The Hankyu Corp. has announced it is selling the team to the Orient Leasing Co., Japan’s leading leasing company.

The team next year will be known as the Orix Braves because the new owners plan to change the name of the company next April to the Orix Leasing Co.

The Braves will still be in the Pacific League and the franchise will remain in Osaka.

Sunday’s doubleheader was the last scheduled games in both the Pacific and Central Leagues.


TOKYO (AP) - Former sumo wrestler Takasago, who became a stable master and later trained wrestlers, died Sunday of a cerebral hemorrhage, a hospital official said. He was 58.

Also, former sekiwake (junior champion) Tamanoumi, who was a sumo commentator for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation for 28 years, died of a heart failure Sunday in Osaka, hospital officials there said. He was 75.

Takasago, whose real name was Fumitoshi Yonekawa, had been in Doai Memorial Hospital since Oct. 11, when he had a stroke at his home, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Yonekawa, who wrestled under the sumo name of Asashio, joined Japan’s traditional sumo wrestlers in 1948 and won five tournaments before he retired in 1962. He was promoted to ozeki (champion) in 1957 and yokozuna (grand champion) in 1959. Asashio became stable master Takasago in 1971.


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Tournament favorite Brazil set up a quarterfinal confrontation with host nation Australia after overpowering Czechoslovakia 11-1 in the World Indoor Soccer Championships at The Palace in Canberra Sunday.

In qualifying at the top of the group, Brazil now is in the same draw as Australia in the quarterfinal round-robin series.

In Melbourne, Uruguay scored a 15-2 victory over Italy. The Uruguayans beat Australia 6-1 Saturday.

Paraguay gained the quarterfinals with an 8-3 win over England, while Argentina drew 3-3 with Spain.

The United States notched its first points of the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Japan in Canberra, while Australia outclassed Hungary 16-0 in Melbourne.

In other matches, Costa Rica beat New Zealand 9-2 and Portugal downed Canada 7-2.

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