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March 19, 1991

HAKUBA, Japan (AP) _ Thomas Sykora of Austria won the men’s slalom in the Rossignol Cup Tuesday and Japan’s Emi Kawabata captured the women’s event, giving her the overall title in the seven-race Far East Cup Japan Series.

Kiminobu Kimura won the men’s overall championship in the series, which ended with Tuesday’s races.

Sykora, third-place finisher in the European Cup, had a total time of 1 minute, 38.58 seconds, beating Siegfried Voglreiter of Austria by 0.82 seconds.

Kawabata, who won the last races of the series, captured the series title with 117 points. Mikiko Yoshida of Japan was second with 57.

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PARETS DEL VALLES, Spain (AP) - Alfonso Gutierrez of Spain took advantage of a finish-line lapse by Briton Malcolm Elliot to win the second leg of the Catalan Week cycling race Tuesday. Colombian Nestor Mora retained the overall lead in the five-day event.

Elliot led the pack with only yards to go, but he raised his arms in victory before reaching the finish line, allowing the Spanish rider to get by him. Elliot finished third, behind Soviet cyclist Dmoldijne Abdujaparov.

Gutierrez took four hours, 26 minutes and 27 seconds to cover the 115-miles from Lloret del Mar to Paret del Valles. Abdujaparov and Elliot were awarded the same time.

The 474-mile race is scheduled to end Friday.

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ANCARANO, Italy (AP) - Jesper Skibby of Denmark won a crowded sprint at the finish and won the seventh and next-to-last stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race on Tuesday.

Italy’s Federico Ghiotto, was eighth in the same time as the winner, and held the overall lead.

Ghiotto, back to action this season following a one-year disqualification for doping, goes into Wednesday’s final stage with an advantage of 22 seconds over runnerup Herminio Diaz Zabala of Spain, and of 28 seconds over third- place Thomas Wegmueller of Switzerland.

Skibby covered the 113-miles in 4 hours, 42:06 minutes.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson State basketball coach Andy Stoglin is applying for the Tennessee State coaching job.

″It’s business,″ Stoglin said. ″I like it here a lot and have laid a foundation for my team, but at the same time I feel I have to look at what comes available.″

Stoglin has until Thursday to submit his name to Tennessee State. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Ron Abernathy on March 4.

James Hefner, former Jackson State president, was named head of Tennessee State last week.

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MUSCAT, Oman (AP) - Eight players from the Bidiya soccer team in Oman’s national league have been banned for life for violent behavior.

The team was demoted to the third division because players hit a referee during a season when, the Oman Daily Observer said, ″misbehavior on and off the field grew alarmingly as assaults on referees increased.″

Aruba, another team, club was banned from hosting matches after its supporters stoned players and officials from league champion Fanja.

A third team, Sohar, was banned from hosting games because of behavior by its fans and a player, Muhammad al-Hadramy, faces a life ban for assaulting a referee.

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WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) - Police Chief John Fritts, who came under criticism when Boston Celtics rookie Dee Brown was mistakenly detained last fall, resigned after $22,500 was added to his retirement benefits.

Fritts’ department was criticized last September when several officers held Brown at gunpoint, mistakenly thinking he had robbed a bank.

Officials said there had been problems long before that.A consultant recommended an department overhauling.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Paul Patterson, who led Taylor to a 34-4 record and the semifinals of the NAIA basketball tournament, was named coach of the year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Greg Sutton of Oral Roberts, a guard who averaged 34.3 points a game, was named NAIA player of the year.

Patterson has compiled a 280-110 record in 12 years as head coach at the Indiana school and led the Trojans to seven consecutive 25-victory seasons.

The awards were announced Monday.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Three Goodwill Games boxing champions head the Soviet team that will compete in a dual meet with the United States March 28 at Spokane, Wash.

Light middleweight Israel Akopkokhian, light welterweight Konstantin Tziu and super heavyweight Evgeny Belousov each earned gold medals in their weight classes at the Goodwill Games. Lightweight Airat Khamatov, also to fight in Spokane, took a bronze medal.

The U.S. team will be announced later.

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