TOKYO (AP) _ The Kintetsu Buffaloes took the first game of a doubleheader with the Lotte Orions 4-3 Wednesday, but the nightcap ended in a 4-4 10-inning tie, giving the idle Seibu Lions the Pacific League championship.
The Buffaloes needed to win both halves of the doubleheader to finish the Japanese baseball season percentage points ahead of the defending champions.
Instead, the Lions ended with a 73-51-6 record and were .002 percentage points ahead of the Buffaloes, who compiled a 74-52-4 record. Ties do not count in Japanese baseball.
It was the Lions’ sixth league pennant and fourth in a row. They will meet the Chunichi Dragons, the Central League champions, in the best-of-seven Japan Series starting Saturday.
MILAN, Italy (AP) - Two more Italian soccer fans were arrested Wednesday in connection with the beating death of a supporter of a rival team during Oct. 9 riots in central Italy, Milan investigators reported.
The two were identified by police as Nino Ciccarelli, 19, and Davide Sebastiani, 20, members of fan clubs of Milan’s Internazionale team.
On Tuesday police arrested Mauro Russo, 30, and Marcello Ferrazzi, 23. All four face murder charges.
Nazzareno Filippini, a 32-year-old supporter of the Ascoli team, suffered skull fractures during wild clashes between rival groups of fans at the end of the Ascoli-Inter championship match.
Filippini died in an Ascoli hospital Monday following nine days in a coma.
Police said the four were arrested and charged on the basis of reports from witnesses.
PARIS (AP) - Next year’s Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious cycling race, will start in Luxembourg and cover 1,998 miles in a counterclockwi se circuit, organizers said Wednesday.
The 23-day event will spend its first two days in the duchy of Luxembourg on July 1-2, before moving through Belgium on its way to France.
The race will wind up on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Nov. 23, closing with a 17-mile individual time trial from Versailles to the capital. As always, the winner is likely to emerge in from a series of tough climbs in the Alps and the Pyrenees.
The course is made up of a prologue, six mountain stages, 11 flatland stages, three individual time trials and one team time trial. There is one rest day and one travel day.
Spaniard Pedro Delgado won the 1988 Tour de France. It was a controversial victory, since midway through the tour he tested positive for the drug probenecid - often used to mask illegal steroids - but was cleared because the substance was not banned by cycling authorities.