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August 3, 1996

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) _ Matt Peterson had nine birdies in a 6-under-par 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Scott Ford after the second round of the Nike Gateway Classic.

``To make that many birdies on a course like this is a gift,″ said Peterson, who bogeyed Nos. 10-12 on the Lake Forest course. ``The minute you hit a bad shot here you’re in deep trouble.″

Peterson had a 10-under 134 total. Ford, the grandson of former PGA Tour player Doug Ford, also shot a 66.

St. Louis Blues star Brett Hull, competing as an amateur, had his second straight 85 to finish last in the field at 26-over 170.

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) _ Vance Veazey of Senatobia, Miss., shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the NGA-Hooters Tour’s Pepsi-Cola Open.

``I got myself going on the last nine,″ said Veazey, who birdied five of his last seven holes for a 12-under 132 on the Hamilton Elks course. ``I was not going for the flag sticks early, but decided the greens were holding so well to really fire away and it worked.″

Bill Hoefle of Ames, Iowa, and Dave Schreyer of Peachtree City, Ga., were tied for second. Hoefle shot a 66 and Schreyer had a 67.

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KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ Holly Reynolds shot a 4-under-par 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Vickie Moran after the first round of the Futures Tour Green Mountain National Classic.

Cristie Kerr, a Miami teen-ager who turned pro this summer after completing high school, opened with a 70 on the Green Mountain National course.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Randy LaJoie snaked his way through a crash only a few laps from the finish and held on to win the Kroger 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National stock car race Friday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

LaJoie was running third when leader Chad Little and second-place Hermie Sadler were swept into a multi-car crash on lap 182, only a few laps from the end of the 200-lap race on the .686-mile track.

Mike McLaughlin finished second, 0.16 seconds behind LaJoie after an 11-lap sprint to the finish. David Green was third, giving Chevy a sweep of the top three spots. Tim Fedewa finished fourth in a Ford.

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Sixth-seeded Francisco Clavet of Spain upset third-seeded countryman Felix Mantilla 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Grolsch Open.

Clavet will face Romania’s Adrian Voinea, a French Open quarterfinalist in 1995. Voinea beat Slava Dosedel of the Czech Republic 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.

In the other quarterfinals, Dennis van Scheppingen of the Netherlands beat fifth-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, and Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco defeated Herman Gumy of Argentina 6-4, 6-3.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ Jerry Bailey rode Memories of Silver and Dynasty to victories Friday in divisions of the Saratoga feature, the inaugural running of the Lake George Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Memories of Silver beat Clamorosa by 3 lengths in the $56,300 first division and Dynasty edged River Antoine by a nose in the $56,050 second division, both staged over 1 1-16 miles on the turf course.

Memories of Silver finished in 1:42 1-5 and paid $9.90, $4.50 and $3.50. Clamorosa returned $3.40 and $2.90. Captive Number paid $4.30 to show.

Dynasty, also timed in 1:42 1-5, paid $9.50, $5 and $3.50. River Antoine returned $6.60 and $4.30, and Vashon paid $3.50.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Former U.S. Olympic coach Timo Liekoski resigned as coach of the Columbus Crew on Friday and was replaced by assistant Tom Fitzgerald for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season.

Columbus is last in the 10-team league with a 6-16 record.

Fitzgerald coached the University of Tampa for eight years before joining the Crew in January. The Spartans won the 1994 NCAA Division II title.

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HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) _ Damon Allen passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as the British Columbia Lions beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-25 to end a season-opening, five-game losing streak.

Allen, the younger brother of NFL star Marcus Allen, threw 9- and 10-yard touchdown passes to Mike Trevethan and a 20-yarder to Sean Millington.

Hamilton dropped to 4-2.

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ORONO, Maine (AP) _ John Giannini, who coached Rowan College to the NCAA Division III basketball title last season, succeeded Rudy Keeling at the University of Maine on Friday.

Giannini, 33, was 168-38 in eight seasons at Rowan. Keeling left the school to coach Northeastern.

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