ZUMARRAGA, Spain (AP) _ Tony Rominger of Switzerland won the Basque Tour cycling race for the second straight year on Friday. Last year, he went on to win the Tour of Spain, one of cycling’s top races.
Rominger on Friday covered the 91-mile first section of the fifth stage with the pack in 3 hours, 48 minutes and 22 seconds. He then turned on the speed and beat his closest rivals, Rolf Sorensen and Alex Zuelle, in the 4.4- mile final time trial.
Rominger, riding for Clas-Cajastur, finished the five-day tour eight seconds ahead of Sorensen of Denmark.
Rominger led the overall standings from the opening stage.
DAIWACHO, Japan (AP) - Shinji Ikeuchi fired a 4-under-par 68 in Friday’s second round and moved two stroke ahead in the Pocari Sweat Open.
Ikeuchi, still looking for the first victory of his 13-year career, reached the 36-hole mark with a 134 total. He started the round one shot off the pace.
Burma’s Kyi Hla Ha had his 110-yard second shot on the fifth-hole roll into the cup for an eagle en route to a 71. He slipped to second place at 136.
CHIYODA, Japan (AP) - Ikuyo Shiotani shot a 1-over-par 73 Friday, but still increased her lead to three strokes after two rounds of the Mitsukoshi Cup Ladies Open.
The 30-year-old Shiotani, top money winner on the Japan LPGA Tour last year, had a 36-hole score of 142.
Chieko Nishida, whose 72 was the day’s best score, was tied for second with Aiko Takasu, who stumbled to a 75.
ROME (AP) - Italy on Friday selected a clay court in Florence as the setting for its Davis Cup quarterfinal round series against Australia.
The matches will be played at Florence’s Circolo del Tennis July 16-18.
Davis Cup captain Adriano Panatta had suggested using slower clay courts to help Italy’s chances. Italian players are given the edge over the Australians on clay.
Australia, playing on its favorite grass surface, upset the defending champion United States in the first round.
MIAMI (AP) - A longstanding battle between the owners of Joe Robbie Stadium and angry residents of adjoining neighborhoods has been settled, possibly clearing the way for development of a new sports arena.
The settlement, reached after a final bargaining session Thursday, gave developers four more years to develop a massive complex for the stadium area.
Included will be a complex of three hotels, shopping centers, 850,000 square feet of office buildings and possibly a new home for the Miami Heat and South Florida’s new NHL franchise.
The settlement bars residents from opposing sports and video magnate H. Wayne Huizenga if he builds an arena east of the stadium. Huizenga has said he wants to build a home for his new team, though he says he hasn’t decided where.