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May 18, 1990

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) _ Ron Brown of the Los Angeles Raiders, the top seed in the NFL’s Fastest Man competition on Saturday, drew Erik McMillan of the New York Jets as his opening-round opponent.

The draw on Friday also matched No. 2 seed Anthony Miller of the San Diego Chargers against Willie Anderson of the Los Angeles Rams, No. 3 Rod Woodson of the Pittsburgh Steelers against Clarence Verdin of the Indianapolis Colts and Willie Gault of the Raiders, the No. 4 seed, against Eric Metcalf of the Cleveland Browns.

The players race against each other in a series of single-elimination 60- yard dashes.

The winner gets $25,000 in the competition sponsored by Subaru.


TOKYO (AP) - The world champion Chinese women’s team and men’s world champion Sweden won their opening-round matches Friday as the World Team Cup Table Tennis Championships began.

China, led by Qiao Hong, the world’s top-ranked women’s player, beat the United States 3-0.

Sweden beat Canada 3-0.


FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - Hundreds Fiorentina fans, angered by the trade of star midfielder Roberto Baggio to Juventus of Turin, threw rocks and shot fireworks at the soccer team’s headquarters Friday.

Fiorentina reportedly will receive $20.8 million or the 23-year-old, the highest amount ever paid for any player in Italy.

Baggio, who scored 17 goals this year to finish second behind Milan’s Dutch striker Marco Van Bastein, gets $1.4 million a year, along with a villa and a car.

Fiorentina said it regretted having to trade Baggio, but said it was forced to for financial reasons.


NEW YORK (AP) - Judi St. Hilaire, the top American finisher in last year’s L’eggs Mini Marathon, has entered this year’s race, to be held May 26 in Central Park.

St. Hilaire finished fourth in 1989 in 33 minutes, 7 seconds, for the 10- kilometer (6.2-mile) event. She also was the leading U.S. finisher at nine other races in 1989 and won four road races.


NEW YORK (AP) - Two of golf’s leading players, Fred Couples and Ben Crenshaw, have committed to play in the Buick Classic June 21-24 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y.

Couples has won three events this year, including the Los Angeles Open, and is fifth on the money-winning list. Crenshaw was the 1984 Masters champion and has won 14 PGA events.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor, the only high jumper to clear 8 feet, will compete in Bruce Jenner’s Bud Light Classic May 26 at San Jose City College.

Meet director Bert Bonanno said Friday he had received confirmation from the Cuban Athletics Federation for Sotomayor to join a previously announced group of outstanding Cuban women athletes, including Ana Quirot, the women’s track athlete for 1989.

Sotomayor will face Americans Hollis Conway, Brian Brown, Doug Nordquist, Brian Stanton, Lee Balkin, Leo Williams and John Morris, along with Troy Kemp of The Bahamas.


BARI, Italy (AP) - Italian Gianni Bugno had the lead in the Tour of Italy after winning Friday’s opening-day event, a 13-kilometer race against-the- clock.

World champion Greg Lemond of the United States, one of the favorites in the 20-stage Italian race, finished well back in the pack, 31 seconds behind Bugno.

Bugno, the winner of the Milan-to-San Remo race this season, is given the best chance of becoming the first Italian to win the Tour of Italy in four years.

He finished the course in 15 minutes and 19 seconds, just three seconds ahead of second-placed Thierry Mari of France and nine seconds ahead of third- placed Lech Piaseki of Poland.

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