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April 17, 1990

NICE, France (AP) _ John McEnroe and Mats Wilander withdrew from next week’s $1-million Monte Carlo Open.

McEnroe has shoulder and back problems, which also caused him to withdraw from this week’s Philips Open in Nice, Monte Carlo.

McEnroe has not played a tournament since being eliminated in the second round at the U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia in February.

He has played only four tournaments this year, including the Australian Open where he was disqualified following an outburst.

Wilander decided to spend time with his ailing father, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals tour manager, Vittorio Selmi.

It will be the first time he will miss Monte Carlo since 1983.

After winning three Grand Slam tournaments in 1988, Wilander took a break from tennis and he dropped out of the top ten, currently No. 14.


TOKYO (AP) - Jack Nicklaus announced a deal Tuesday with the Mitsubishi Corp. and Suntory, Ltd., to build a network of golf schools in Japan.

Nicklaus said he had signed an exclusive contract giving Mitsubishi and Suntory the right to develop the schools.

Nicklaus said each school will have three holes and a driving range. He said there also are plans for several driving ranges in urban areas.

Mitsubishi will own 51 percent of the joint venture, to be formed by July, and Suntory 49 percent, according to Tsunemasa Takeda, head of Mitsubishi’s new enterprises department.

The amount of capital both companies will supply for the venture and locations for the schools have not yet been decided, Takeda said.

Nicklaus, who franchises similar schools in the United States, said he hopes to expand to Europe.

There are about 15 million golfers in Japan, where the game continues to grow in popularity.

Opposition to the building of new courses also has grown because of Japan’s chronic lack of space and fears that chemicals used to keep the courses green could harm the environment.

″It’s politically popular to be an environmentalist today,″ Nicklaus said. ″But we are very aware of what happens to the environment, and our goals are to work with it, not against it.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, less than a year after retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers, has been named executive producer of the motion picture ″Recruiting Violations.″

The movie centers on the relationship between a white college basketball coach and a top black recruit who fails to show up on campus.

Abdul-Jabbar will be involved in development of the screenplay and packaging of the film, said Rob Fried, whose Fried Films is making the movie for Columbia Pictures.

The former NBA star will not appear in the film.

″I don’t foresee that. I just want to do this on the production end and get my feet wet that way,″ Abdul-Jabbar said.


TOKYO (AP) - Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Yugoslavia remained unbeaten and scored their fourth victories Tuesday in preliminary competition for the men’s world volleyball championships.

In group A competition in Tokyo, Japan beat Puerto Rico 15-8, 15-4, 15-6, the Netherlands defeated Iraq 15-6, 15-3, 15-5 and Poland scored a 15-9, 15-13, 15-8 victory over East Germany.

Japan and the Netherlands lead the group at 4-0. Poland has a 2-2 record, Iraq and East Germany are 1-3 and Puerto Rico 0-4.

In Group B competition in Gifu in central Japan, Sweden came from behind to beat Spain 5-15, 15-11, 16-14, 15-10, Yugoslavia defeated China 15-10, 15-8, 15-11 and Algeria downed Taiwan 15-2, 15-5, 15-4.

Following each group’s five-day round-robin, the top three teams from both groups will play a final round in Tokyo April 20-22 to decide on the remaining three berths in the world championships in Brazil in October.

The United States already has qualified to compete in the International Volleyball Federation’s World Championships.


TOKYO (AP) - Former major leaguer Matt Winters hit two home runs to lead the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 9-1 victory over the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in a Japanese Pacific League game Tuesday.

Winters has hit three homers this season.

Vance Law, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, homered in a losing cause as the Hiroshima Toyo Carp edged the Chunichi Dragons 9-8.


UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) - Former Dutch national soccer team coach Thijs Libregts has filed suit against the Royal Dutch Soccer Federation, claiming that his coaching career was harmed by his recent suspension, his attorney said Tuesday.

Attorney Hans Mentink refused to disclose the exact amount of the damage sought until the case comes up in local court here within a few weeks.

″But it should be the equivalent to the difference between what the coach of a top European club earns as opposed to what the coach of a secondary club is paid,″ Mentink said.

Libregts was dismissed three weeks ago after his players recommended his firing, complaining among other things, that he was too authoritarian.

The Netherlands is the European chamnpion and a strong contender for the World Cup.


VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) - Mark McNulty moved into the top spot on the PGA European money-winning list with his victory in last weekend’s Cannes Open.

The Zimbabwe golfer jumped from 12th place with the $85,000 first-place check, pushing his winnings for the season to $147,458.

Ian Woosnam of Wales, who tied for eighth in the French tournament, moved into second place with $124,780. The former leader, Eduardo Romero of Argentina, dropped to third with $123,012. Romero did not play in Cannes.

The top U.S. golfer on the list was Steven Bowman, 49th with $24,302.

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