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May 4, 1996

NEWMARKET, England (AP) _ Mark Of Esteem held off a late surge by 40-1 shot Even Top to win the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday in a three-horse photo finish.

It was one of the closest finishes in the 187-year history of the race,

Mark of Esteem, an 8-1 shot owned by Sheikh Mohammed and trained in Dubai by Saeed Bin Suroor, won by a head, officially. But, in the photo, it looked like a nostril. The distance between the winner and third-place finisher Bijou D’Inde, a 14-1 shot, was a neck.

The 2-1 favorite, Alhaarth, was fourth.


Brian Watts Retains Lead in Fujisankei Classic Golf

ITO, Japan (AP) _ Brian Watts managed an even-par 71 Saturday and kept his one-stroke lead over Jumbo Ozaki after three rounds of the Fujisankei Classic.

Watts, a 30-year-old Oklahoman, has a 204 total for the 54 holes over the Fuji Course of the Kawana Hotel Golf Club.

Ozaki, 49 and Japan’s top golfer with 75 victories, fired a 67 on Saturday.

American Todd Hamilton and Tsukasa Watanabe shot 70s and were tied for third at 206.


Bernardo Brito’s Two-Run Leads Fighters To Victory

TOKYO (AP) _ The Nippon Ham Fighters moved into first place in the Pacific League Saturday when Bernardo Brito hit a two-run homer to lead an 8-5 victory over the Kintetsu Buffaloes.

Starter Kip Gross earned his third victory, but allowed a grand slam by another former major leaguer, Chris Donnels.

Scott Cooper drove in two runs with a double to lead the Seibu Lions over the Orix BlueWave 5-3. Troy Neel hit two homers for Orix.


African Nations Get OK To Sell Souvenirs at Atlanta Games

ATLANTA (AP) _ A coalition of African nations will be able to sell Olympic souvenirs at the 1996 Games.

Jean-Claude Ganga, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, said an agreement signed with Atlanta Olympic officials on Friday will allow his group to raise funds and find sponsors for athletes.

ANOCA includes 54 African nations.

``This agreement will allow us to make T-shirts, cups and other souvenirs and to sell them here in Atlanta,″ Ganga said. ``That will help a lot because the problem in Africa is a problem of money.″


Indurain Brothers Finish 1-2 in Cycling Race

EVORA, Portugal (AP) _ Miguel Indurain of Spain led the Banesto team to victory Saturday in the seven-day Volta ao Alentejo cycling race. Prudencio Indurain, his brother and teammate, finished second.

The final day’s 115-mile time trial was won by Basque Asier Guenetxea of the Euskadi team with a time of 4:47.09.

Second was Prudencio Indurain. Miguel Indurain, his overall victory secure, coasted home 21st.

Michael Indurain’s winning time of 24 hours, 22 minutes and 14 seconds was 26 seconds faster than his brother’s clocking.

Miguel Indurain, five-time Tour de France winner, used the race to prepare for three big upcoming races _ the Tour de France, the Vuelta de Espana and the Giro d’Italia.


Philippines’ Casas Takes Lead at Honda City Invitational

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Felix Casas of the Philippines took a two-stroke lead in the Honda City Invitational by firing a 3-under-par 69 Saturday for a three-round total of 210.

Tied at 212 were Australians Steve Elkington and Andrew Bonhomme.

Thailand’s Jamnian Chitprasong fired a 7-under par 65, one stroke off the course record set by Greg Norman during the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic.

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