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June 23, 1995

HAKUI, Japan (AP) _ Canadian Rick Gibson shot a course record 10-under-par 62 Friday and vaulted into a tie for the lead with Eiji Mizoguchi after two rounds of the $1.2 million Mizuno Open. They have scores of 134.

Gibson started the round six shots off the lead. He had 10 birdies as he broke the course record of 63 set by Tateo Ozaki in 1991.

Mizoguchi began the round one shot off the pace and shot a 67.

Americans Brian Watts and Brandt Jobe and Japan’s Toshinori Horiki were tied at 136. Watts turned in a 65, Horiki a 67 and Jobe a 68.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Larry Ellis, the president of USA Track and Field and the 1984 men’s Olympic track coach, was discharged on Friday from Mount Sinai Hospital. The former NYU runner, now 66, had a heart transplant June 9.

Ellis returned to his home in New Jersey wearing his running suit.


AJISU, Japan (AP) _ Akiko Fukushima shot a 70 Friday and increased her lead to four strokes after two rounds of the Japan Women’s Open with a 135 total.

Marnie McGuire of New Zealand was at 139 after a 68 on Friday.

Ikuyo Shiotani, who has won three tournaments this season, carded a 71 and was tied at 140 with two South Koreans _ Kim Man-soo and Ko Woo-soon.


TOKYO (AP) _ Troy Neel hit a two-run homer off another former major leaguer, Kim Gross, and led the Orix Blue Wave over the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-2. Gross’ record fell to 5-8.


PARMA, Italy (AP) _ Italy’s Parma soccer club fined star forward Faustino Asprilla of Columbia $27,500 because of a controversial interview.

Asprilla, now touring the United States with the Colombian national team, had bitterly criticized coach Nevio Scala and some Parma officials in an interview with an Italian sports daily.

A club official, while announcing the fine, said that the 25-year-old Colombian forward is ``on the market.″


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin-Eau Claire is dropping baseball.

School officials blamed the decision on a tight budget.

``We knew we had to make a vertical cut. We can’t make any more horizontal cuts to each sport and still maintain quality,″ Mel Lewis, director of men’s athletics, said in a written statement issued Thursday.

Baseball was dropped partially because a study showed it required players to miss more classes than other varsity sport did.

The moves leave UW-Eau Claire with nine men’s and 10 women’s sports.


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ The New Zealand, South African and Australian rugby football unions on Friday unveiled a deal worth more than $550 million with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

National teams from the three nations will play an annual triangular home-and-away series and provincial teams will compete in a Super 12 tournament starting next season. South Pacific nations such as Tonga, Western Samoa and Fiji will be excluded.

News Corporation, which also is providing the finance for rugby league Super Leagues in Europe and Australasia, will have exclusive television rights for all representative rugby played in the three countries through 2005, including tour matches.


BEIJING (AP) _ China is working on a national law that will ban the use of stimulants by its athletes, an official report said Friday.

Chinese athletes who test positive for use of performance-enhancing drugs have been punished by the various international sports organizations.

Team members who use the drugs would be punished under the new national law in addition to penalties imposed by the sports organizations, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

``China is firm and clear-cut in opposing the use of any stimulant,″ the official news agency quoted Wu Shaozu, minister of the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission, as saying.

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