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January 2, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Edvin Halsnes, who won the slalom event at the CB Sports Pro Ski Masters in December, was named Pro Skier of the Month by North American Pro Ski, directors of the Peugeot Grand Prix US Pro Ski Tour.

Halsnes leads the pro tour with 51 points and $5,150 in earnings. He defeated his brother, Jarle, the defending world and national pro ski champion, in the slalom.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Four of the world’s top high jumpers, including the 1-2 finishers in the 1985 World Cup - Patrik Sjoberg of Sweden and Jimmy Howard of the United States - have entered the Vitalis-U.S. Olympic Invitational Track and Field meet Feb. 8 in the Meadowlands Arena.

Joining Sjoberg and Howard in the elite field will be Americans Dwight Stones, six-time winner of the event and two-time Olympic bronze medalist, and Tyke Peacock, the 1981 World Cup champion and former American record holder.

Sjoberg also won the high jump in the World Indoor Games and the European Championships last year. He jumped 7 feet, 93/4 inches twice during 1985, but was beaten by Howard in the Olympic Invitational. Howard cleared 7-81/2 indoors and outdoors, setting American records in both instances.

Stones, the American champion 10 times, winning four titles indoors and six outdoors, also holds the Olympic Invitational record of 7-6 , set in 1976. Peacock, the meet winner in 1983, has personal bests of 7-73/4 outdoors and 7-7 indoors.

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MIAMI (AP) - The American Racing Series has set a 10-race schedule for its inaugural season in 1986, kicking off at Phoenix International Raceway on April 6.

U.E. ″Pat″ Patrick, president of the ARS, said Thursday all of its races will be run in conjunction with events on the CART-PPG Indy-car series.

Oval races will be run at Phoenix (two), Milwaukee and Pocono, with road course events at Mid-Ohio, Road America, Laguna Seca, the New Jersey Meadowlands and Miami, where the season will close on Nov. 9. The site of the 10th event, in June, will be announced at a later date.

All races will be between 75 and 100 miles in length and will carry a $50,000 purse. The cars will all be Buick V6-powered Wildcat racers.

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PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) - The South African yacht Atlantic Privateer Friday won the second leg of the 27,000-mile Whitbread Round-the-World race in Auckland, New Zealand, race organizers here reported.

Second, only seven minutes and 20 seconds behind, was the New Zealand yacht NZI Enterprise and third UBS Switzerland, the winner of the first leg.

Atlantic Privateer crossed the finish line of the second leg at 7:04 p.m. EST after an exciting tacking duel along the East Northland coast of New Zealand, Whitbread race headquarters reported. NZI Enterprise arrived at 7:11 p.m., and UBS Switzerland at 8:59 p.m.

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Olympic gold medalists Mark Breland and Tyrell Biggs wil highlight a boxing card at the Host Farms Resort Jan. 25, it was announced Thursday by promoter Cathy Duva.

Breland, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will meet Troy Wortham of Hartford, Conn., in a 10-round welterweight bout, the first 10-rounder of Breland’s short pro career, and Biggs, of Philadelphia, will face James ″Quick″ Tillis of Tulsa, Okla. in an eight-round heavyweight bout.

Wortham has a 20-0 record, with nine knockouts. Breland is 8-0, with four knockouts. Biggs, 7-0, has won his last six fights by knockouts, and Tillis, who lost a 15-round title fight to Mike Weaver in October 1981, has a 31-6 record, with 24 knockouts.

The bouts will be shown on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets continue to dominate the balloting for Western Conference starters in the Feb. 9 National Basketball Association all-star game.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers is No. 1 among centers with 227,877 votes to 144,054 for Denver’s Wayne Cooper.

Alex English and Calvin Natt, both of the Nuggets, are 1-2 among forwards with 198,887 and 175,803 votes, respectively, followed by LA’s James Worthy with 154,015.

And forward Earvin ″Magic″ Johnson, with 367,036, is the West’s No. 1 vote-getter, followed at forward by Denver’s Lafayette Lever with 149,213.