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April 27, 1992

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) _ China and Japan swept all the gold medals again Monday in the Asian Swimming Championship as meet records fell in seven of the eight events.

China won five races and a diving title, boosting its total to 16 golds. Japan won three races, bringing its gold total to eight. None of the other 19 nations has won an event.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A former backup quarterback and assistant coach at Leigh died after being hit in the neck by a line drive during softball batting practice.

Albert Snyder was pitching Saturday afternoon when he turned from the drive and the ball hit him in the side of the neck. He fell and went into convulsions, witnesses said.

Snyder graduated in January.

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PHOENIX (AP) - A battery in an electric-powered racing car leaked poisonous gas during a race, and the driver and 14 others were hospitalized after breathing the fumes.

James Worden, the driver, was in serious condition Monday at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The accident happened Sunday at the Solar & Electric 500 race at Phoenix International Raceway. The 14 others - all track officials or race-team members - were less seriously hurt. None of the 200 spectators was hurt.

Worden was declared winner because he led through 91 laps before the accident.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The condition of West Virginia basketball player Lawrence Pollard was upgraded from serious to stable Monday.

Teammate Wilfred Kirkaldy remained in serious condition at Cumberland Memorial Hospital, spokeswoman Kelly Beattie said.

Both players have been in the intensive care unit since suffering multiple injuries in an April 19 auto accident.

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - British shot-putter Neal Brunning, who tested positive for steroids in February, has been banned from competition for four years.

The suspension was announced Sunday night by the British Athletic Federation’s management council.

Brunning, 21, failed a drug test at the national indoor championships in Birmingham.

Brunning, who has the right of appeal, recently admitted using steroids but said it was an isolated incident.

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LONDON (AP) - Duke McKenzie of England will defend his WBO bantamweight title against Cesar Polanco of the Dominican Republic on May 13.

McKenzie won the title by outpointing Gaby Canizales in June and has successfully defended against Cesar Soto and Wilfredo Vargas.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A plea of innocent was entered Monday for Indianapolis Colts defensive back Michael Ball, who is accused of theft and battery in an incident involving a former girlfriend.

The automatic plea was entered during Ball’s initial hearing in Marion Municipal Court. A pre-trial conference was set for May 22. Ball was freed on bond.

A robbery charge originally filed in the case was dropped April 16, a court spokesman said.

Ball was arrested April 15 after an incident involving former girlfriend Kelli D. Lewis at a jewely store where she worked.

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