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April 17, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Former major league third baseman Doug Decinces hit his third homer of the Japanese season and had two other hits as the Yakult Swallows beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 9-2 Sunday.


TOKYO (AP) - Japan’s Aguri Suzuki, starting from the pole position, took the lead from the start and won the international formula F3000 auto race Sunday in the second leg of the eight-race championship series.

Suzuki driving a Yamaha MC030, sped 45 laps around the 2.77-mile Fuji International speedway in 1 hour, 1 minute and 34.523 seconds. He clocked an average speed of 117.602 mph.

Suzuki, 27, who had the fastest lap of 1 minute, 21.273 seconds on his 20th lap, edged top Japanese driver Kazuyoshi Hoshino by almost nine seconds for the victory.

Hoshino, winner of the season’s first series in Suzuka, Japan, on March 13, was second in 1:01:43.658. Hoshino drove a Honda MF308 machine.

Suzuki collected top prize money of $40,000 and Hoshino earned $24,000. The total purse was $136,000.

Ross Cheever of the United States, driving a Yamahama OX77, was eighth. He covered 44 laps in 1:02:52.406.

A total of 19 cars started and 13 completed the race.

The third race in the series will be May 8 on the Nishinippon speedway.


TOKYO (AP) - Rolf Aldag of West Germany won the men’s 84-mile Lake Biwa international cycling race Sunday, while Berd Gradley of the United States captured the 31.5-mile women’s event.

The 20-year-old Aldag edged Gerard Simonnot of France by 20-hundredths of a second to win the men’s competition in 3 hours, 29 minutes, 56.79 seconds.

Simonnot clocked 3:29:56.99, followed by Belgium’s Peter Naessens in third place at 3:29:57.04.

In the women’s race, the 24-year-old Gradley won in 1:26:43.0.

Monica de Waal, 20 of Begium was second in 1:26:53.29 and Michelle Gammie of New Zealand was third in 1:26:53.90.


LIEGE, Belgium (AP) - Adri Van der Poel of the Netherlands outsprinted Belgian Michel Dernies and Briton Robert Millar to win the Liege-Bastogne- Liege cycling race Sunday.

The trio finished 35 seconds ahead of another Dutchman, Steven Rooks. Ireland’s Sean Kelly won the sprint of the pack for fifth place, 47 seconds behind Van der Poel.

The race was marred by a injury to Laurent Fignon of France, who fell and broke his wrist.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege makes a 161-mile loop through the hilly and wooded Ardennes region in southern Belgium. The event is the oldest classic in cycling, its first edition going back to 1892.

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