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July 2, 1985

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) _ Last-minute entries in the 76th Canadian Open golf championship have forced tournament officials to increase the size of the field to 156 players from 144, the Royal Canadian Golf Association announced.

Among the late entrants, who squeaked in under the 6 p.m. EDT Sunday deadline, were 1981 U.S. Open champion David Graham, 1974 Canadian Open champion Bobby Nichols and PGA veterans Lou Graham, Mark Hayes, Gary McCord, Tommy Valentine and Tom Shaw.

Rounding out the expanded entry list are four players, including three Canadians, who earned their way into the $650,-000 tournament by way of Sunday’s qualifying round.

The qualifiers are: Bob Zillie (31-37-68), Ken Trowbridge (33-37-70), and Bill Bevington (36-34-70), all Canadians, and Joey Rassett of East Aurora, N.Y., (32-37-69).

Play in the 1985 Canadian Open begins Thursday with first-prize money of $117,000 and the du Maurier Trophy awaiting the winner.

Greg Norman of Australia is the defending champion, and among the top players he’ll meet are course designer Jack Nicklaus, U.S. Open champion Andy North, 1985 No.1 money-winner Curtis Strange, veterans Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler, Lee Trevino, Bruce Lietzke, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Kite and Hal Sutton, winner of the Memphis Classic tournament Sunday.

Twenty-four Canadians are entered, including Dave Barr, who finished second to North in the U.S. Open, and tour regulars Jim Nelford, Dan Halldorson, and Richard Zokol. ---

TORONTO (AP) - Milt Ottey outjumped 12 rivals to win the third annual Canada Day high jumping competition in front of 3,000 spectators in Nathan Phillips Square.

Ottey, 25, of Toronto, and Jacek Wszola of Poland both stalled at a meet- record 7-65/8 feet and Ottey was declared the winner because he cleared 7-53/8 on fewer attempts than Wszola, the 1976 Olympic champion.

Gerd Nagel of West Germany, Alain Metellus of Canada and Carlo Thranhardt of West Germany were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, all clearing 7-41/ 4 . ---

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said Tuesday it has agreed to delay its supreme court case against eight rebel cricket players planning to tour South Africa later this year.

The hearing, which was to start on Wednesday, will now get underway later this month. Lawyers for the ACB and the South African Cricket Union said the case was delayed by mutual agreement.

South Africa’s legal representative, Tony Border, said the ACB’s lawyers had agreed to the delay because his clients were not ready with their case.

The ACB issued writs against eight Australian cricket players, former test player Bruce Francis and South African Cricket Union president Geoff Dakin over alleged breaches of contract.

The ACB has accused the union of allegedly inducing the eight Australians to break their contracts and play in South Africa later this year.

The contracts expire on Sept. 30, 1986, and contain a specific prohibition against playing in South Africa. ---

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Free-agent center Bill Walton of the Los Angeles Clippers was given a physical examination by the team doctors of the Los Angeles Lakers as a preliminary step to any negotiations between the two parties.

Lakers General Manager Jerry West said that no serious talks had begun yet with Walton, who has until the end of the month to sign with another club before his rights revert back to the Clippers.

″There’s nothing imminent whatsoever,″ West said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. ″I saw Bill in San Francisco (at last week’s NBA meetings) after he was tested by the Celtics. He said he was going to be in town, so he’ll visit our doctors.

″We’re not talking on anything (with Walton) right now.″

Gary Vandeweghe, Walton’s lawyer, said that, with Walton’s history of injuries, a physical was a prerequisite to any signing talks.

″Anybody who is looking at a free agent needs to have the question of health answered sometime during the negotiation,″ he said.

″When it’s Bill Walton you’re looking at, you do that first before proceeding with any talks.″

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