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March 23, 1985

KYALAMI, South Africa (AP) _ Freddie Spencer, riding a Honda, won the season-opening 250cc motorcycle Grand Prix event Saturday, then finished second to fellow American Eddie Lawson in the 500cc race.

Spencer beat West Germany’s Anton Mang in the 250cc event at the Kyalami race course near Johannesburg. Mang also rode a Honda. South African Mario Rademeyer, on a Yamaha, was third.

Lawson, the world champion, rode a Yamaha in the 500cc race while Spencer and third-place Australian Wayne Gardner each rode a Honda. ---

MILAN, Italy (AP) - John McEnroe, nursing an aching wrist, was named Saturday a ″certain starter″ and the top-seed by organizers of the $380,-000 Fila Trophy indoor tennis tournament beginning Monday.

McEnroe, who recently dropped out of the Rotterdam tournament, citing a wrist injury, has drawn young West German Boris Becker in the first round.

Second-seeded Anders Jarryd of Sweden will make his first-round debut against young Italian Ercole Colombo.Australian Pat Cash, the No. 3 seed, will face another Italian, Gianni Ocleppo.

Sweden’s Stefan Edberg, the defending champion, dropped out of this year’s event after suffering an ankle injury in Rotterdam. The tournament ends March 31 with the winner receiving $80,000. ---

PEKING (AP) - Chinese women claimed new world records in air-pistol shooting at a national tournament in Nanning Saturday, breaking marks held by Soviet women, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Wen Zhifang from Hunan Province accumulated 391 points to surpass the record 387 in the 40-shot women’s air-pistol event set by Soviet shooter Natasha Stoljarova, the report said.

The Hunan Provincial team made 1,151 points to surpass the Soviet record of 1,147 points set in 1974 in the air-pistol team event, Xinhua said.

China won its first Olympic gold medal last summer in Los Angeles when men’s free-pistol shooter Xu Haifeng was a surprising winner in his event. He later donated his medal to the Museum of the Chinese Revolution in Peking’s Tiananmen Square. ---

STRBSKE PLESO, Czechoslovakia (AP) - World ski flying champion Matti Nykaenen of Finland won the next-to-last event of the World Ski Jumpers’ Cup on Saturday, taking a major leap toward his second Cup victory.

Nykaenen who won five jumping events this season, had jumps of 278 feet, 101/2 inches and 290-4 on the 70-meter hill at this resort in the High Tatra Mountains. The jumps wwre worth 221.0 points. Austrian Richard Schallert was second with 219.6 points.

Austrian Andreas Felder, who led intermediate Cup standings, finished a disappointing 13th and needs a victory Sunday on the 90-meter hill to grab the World Cup from Nykaenen.

Under Cup rules, the better result from the final two-day competition here will be used for awarding points. This means Nykaenen now leads Felder by 24 points. ---

LONDON (AP) - British light-heavyweight boxing champion Dennis Andries took a step nearer a European title shot Saturday when he stopped Belgian champion Jose Seyes 2 minutes, 45 seconds into the third round of their scheduled 10- round fight.

The bout was halted by referee Syd Nathan of London when Andries trapped the Belgian in a corner with a furious attack and Seyes turned his back on Andrias to escape further punishment.

Alex Blanchard of the Netherlands, the European champion, was at the ringside and after the fight Andries said: ″I want to take on Blanchard in my next fight. I have waited a long time and I think I deserve a shot at the title.″

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