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April 19, 1995

TOKYO (AP) _ Kevin Mitchell singled home the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning Wednesday and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 2-1 to extend their winning streak to five games.

Ralph Bryant hit a two-run home run in a six-run seventh inning as the Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 7-2.

Troy Neel singled home a run in the two-run fourth inning to help the Orix Bluewave edge the Nippon Ham Fighters 3-2.


BERLIN (AP) _ Enrique Carrion, winner of three medals at boxing’s World Championships, was among five Cuban amateur fighters suspended for two years Wednesday after testing positive for the banned substance furosemide. The action by the International Boxing Federation came less than three weeks before the start of this year’s championships.

Carrion won the 1989 bantamweight world championship and also won silver medals in 1991 and 1993.

Also suspended were junior flyweight world champion Alexander Jimenez, Mario Kindelan, Yoandri Reyes and Ernesto Cabrera.


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Mike Springer hasn’t been the same since winning the Greater Greensboro Open last year. He hopes to recapture the magic in the tournament which begins Thursday at Forest Oaks Country Club, the 6,958-yard layout where Springer went from unknown to winner on the PGA Tour.

``You just can’t play golf from where I’ve been driving it,″ said Springer, who has missed seven cuts and withdrawn from one of the 10 tourneys in which he’s played. He’s a dismal 170th on the money list after earning more than $770,000 in 1994.


CANNES, France (AP) _ Ian Woosnam, the 1991 Masters champ, returns to the south of France to defend his title in the Cannes Open which begins Thursday.

He said he’s determined to combine work and pleasure.

``The last couple of years I’ve not been enjoying golf. I was practicing harder than ever and not really getting anywhere,″ Woosnam said. ``I’m trying not to take it so seriously, going out with a lighter attitude.″

The Welshman will have a home advantage, of sorts. He has the use of an apartment at the Royal Mougins course and has played on the layout more than a dozen times.


LONDON (AP) _ British Steel scrapped its sponsorship of a soccer team on Wednesday because the club’s new stadium is being constructed partially with steel from Germany.

British Steel said it was discouraged to learn the new stadium being built by Middlebrough Football Club, on the northeast coast of England, contained foreign steel even though a British Steel plant in the same town employs 4,200 people and produces ``the best steel in Europe.″

``It’s just a matter of principle,″ British Steel spokesman Mike Hitchcock said. ``We decided if they aren’t using our steel, we wouldn’t carry on advertising.″

British Steel halted sponsorship that had come to about $16,000 a year.


PARIS (AP) _ All but one of the top 104 men players in the world have entered the French Open, the French Tennis Federation said Wednesday.

Only Amos Mansdorf of Israel will be missing from the May 29-June 11 tournament on Roland Garros’s clay courts.

Mansdorf, 85th in the latest ATP rankings, retired after last season and doesn’t play any more tournaments.

The final draw of 128 players will included 16 qualifiers and eight wild cards.


VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) _ Ireland’s Philip Walton vaulted to 10th from 51st on this week’s PGA European Tour money list after his victory at the Catalan Open.

Walton’s first victory in five years gave him $80,000 and boosted his earnings for the year to $106,816.

Fred Couples, a non-tour-member who won the first two events of the year, continued to top the list with $280,000.

Robert Karlsson of Sweden moved up tois second with $144,960.


ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Brazil retained the top spot in the FIFA world soccer rankings released Wednesday, while Italy has replaced Spain at No. 2.

Italy moved up one place after victories over Estonia and Ukraine in qualifying for the 1996 European Championship. Spain dropped to third after being held to a draw by Belgium in the same tournament.

Germany was fourth, followed by Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico and Romania. The United States remained 22nd.

The biggest jump in the top 20 came from Portugal, up five places to No. 14 following a victory over the Netherlands.

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