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April 23, 1993

BASTIA, Corsica (AP) _ A court on Friday ordered 13 people to stand trial in connection with the collapse of a temporary grandstand at a French Cup soccer match last year. Fifteen people were killed and more than 2,000 injured.

Among those charged with involuntary homicide were Michel Cagnon, director- general of the French Soccer Federation; Luc Pilard, president of the French Cup organizing committee, and Jean-Francois Filippi, president of Bastia, the club that that hosted the semifinal match against Marseille last May.

Also facing trial, at a date not yet set, are officials of the regional government and executives of firms involved in the erection of the temporary stands at Furiani stadium.

Charges were dropped against five people, including Jean Fourney-Fayard, president of the French Soccer Federation, and Furiani’s mayor, Eugene Bertucci.


TOKYO (AP) - The manager’s son came through for his dad as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Hanshin Tigers 6-3 on Friday. Kazushige Nagashima, manager Shigeo Nagashima’s son, went 3-for-5, including his first home run and an RBI single.


HIGASHI-HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Min Kyoung-Kap of South Korea, Hurigu of China and Pappu Yadan of India each won gold medals Friday in the Greco-Roman Asian Wrestling Championship.

Yadan won the 48-kilogram title with a decision over Shim Kwon-Ho of South Korea.

Min decisioned Japan’s Kouji Uchi in the final match to win the 52-kilogram title.

The 130-kilogram title was won by Hurigu, who took a decision over South Korean Yang Young-Jin.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A stomach ulcer forced defending champion Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia out of the quarterfinal of the Malaysian Women’s Open Tennis Championship Friday, and her opponent, Ann Grossman walked through into the semifinals.

Top seed Patty Fendick of the United States made the semis with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Pascale Paradis-Mangon of France.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Chang Tse Peng of Taiwan moved into a five- stroke lead after two rounds of the Malaysian Amateur.

Chang fired a 2-under-par 70 in the rain-interrupted second round on Friday for a 141 total.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Slovak Clement N’Goran and Germany’s Axel Finnberg won semifinal round matches Friday in the Langkwawi Open on the Malaysian satellite tour. N’Goran defeated Dick Norman of Belgium 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 and Finnberg defeated Andrew Florent of Australia 6-4, 6-2.

The finals will be played Sunday.


MADRID, Spain (AP) - Defending champion Tony Rominger of Switzerland is the choice to win the Tour of Spain, one of Europe’s three major cycling races, which starts on Monday.

The 21-day race will cover 2,217.3 miles across Spain. This year, the cyclists will go only over the northern half of the country - except for a quick dip south to the Mediterranean city of Valencia.

The 32-year-old Rominger, who last year became the first Swiss since the 1950s, won the Tour of the Basque Country earlier this month - a race he also won last year.


CARDIFF, Wales (AP) - Welsh flyweight Robbie Regan relinquished his European title to challenge Scotland’s Pat Clinton for the WBO world title in Cardiff, Wales, this summer.

Regan won the European title from Welshman Salvatore Fanni last November. His scheduled defense against former IBF world champion Dave McAuley next month was called off.

Clinton will be making his second defense of the WBO crown won from Isidro Perez of Scotland last year.


WIGAN, England (AP) - Three of British rugby’s swiftest men, two from Rugby Union and one from Rugby League, will meet in a 100-meter sprint to determine the sport’s fastest man.

Martin Offiah, Rory Underwood and Andrew Harriman will race from try line to try line, approximately 100 meters, at Wigan’s Central Park on May 3.

Organizers of the race, the highlight of an afternoon tribute to rugby league great Shaun Edwards, will also invite world-class sprinters David Grindley and Ade Mafe to participate.

Underwood, a pilot with the Royal Air Force, is England’s most prolific try scorer in Rugby Union internationals. He has been timed at 3.70 seconds over 30 meters.

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