CHICAGO (AP) _ The new Comiskey Park is coming in $2 million below its construction budget of $137 million, the group that oversaw the project said.

While a final accounting of all costs, including demolition of the old stadium, won't be available until June, the initial reports look good, said Peter Bynoe, executive director of the Illinois Sports Facility Authority.

The 44,300-seat new home of the White Sox will open April 18.

Bynoe said Wednesday that overall expenses ''will be under budget. In certain areas, such as construction, we have been very successful.

''In other areas, such as land acquisition and replacement housing, costs were higher than expected.''


TOKYO (AP) - Ralph Bryant, a former major leaguer, hit his fourth home in five games this season as his Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 8-1 on Thursday.

Mike Diaz, another former big leaguer, hit his second homer as the Lotte Orions beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 4-1.


HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Ryoken Kawagishi, Tomohiro Maruyama and Yoshinori Kaneko tied for the opening-round lead in the Pocari Sweat Open with 4-under- par 67s Thursday.

Australian Brian Jones and seven Japanese golfers were one stroke back. American David Ishii shot a 71.


FUKUROI, Japan (AP) - Masako Ichiguchi shot a 4-under-par 68 in the opening round of the Yamaha Cup women's tournament Thursday and took a one-stroke lead. Hiromi Takamura was second.


PHOENIX (AP) - Like it or not, New York Giants fans lucky enough to get a shot at buying season tickets will have to include tickets to two exhibition games in their purchase.

In adding the preseason games, the Giants join most other NFL teams in that practice.

Ed Croke, the Giants public relations director, said the requirement is not likely to hurt the sale of season tickets or cut into the waiting list of those hoping to be able to buy tickets

''People leave these tickets to family members in their wills.'' Croke said. ''If there is a divorce settlement, people say, 'You take the car. I'll take the Giants tickets.' ''


ROME (AP) - Diego Maradona's appeal of a 15-month suspension for failing a drug test will not be discussed this week.

A spokesman for the Italian Soccer Federation said Maradona and his lawyer did not file the necessary papers in time for Saturday's Appeals Commission meeting.

''The discussion about Maradona's appeal is postponed by one week at least,'' the spokesman said.

Maradona's lawyer Enzo Maria Siniscalchi said Thursday he will submit the papers by the weekend. The lawyer said the appeal is based on the claim that Maradona did not take any drug to enhance his performance.


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Cuban fighters won titles in eight of the 12 weight divisions Thursday in the King's Cup amateur tournament.

Cuba had fighters in 10 weight divisions, and every one reached the finals.

The winners were featherweight Arnaldo Mesa Bonell, lightweight Julio Gonzalez Uallares, welterweight Juan Hernandez, light middleweight Juan Lemus, middleweight Orestes Solano and heavyweight Felix Savon and super heavyweight Roberto Balado.

The other titles were taken by two Thais, a Soviet and a North Korean.

Thai bantamweight Chatree Suwanyod was voted the tournament's best boxer.

Klokov Sergeiy, a Soviet light heavyweight, was voted the rising star.


HEMSEDAL, Norway (AP) - Italian skiers swept the medals in the men's downhill Thursday at the World Junior Alpine Championships.

Ivan Bormolini won the gold with a run of 1 minute 05.48 seconds, beating teammates Ernesto de Maattia and Karl Heinz Molling.

In the women's downhill, Celine Daetwyler of Switzerland won the men's downhill in 1:08.87, beating Austrian Kornelia Meusburger and Karine Alard of France.

Soviet Svetlana Novikova finished fourth, just beating Kirsten Rogers of the United States.