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April 13, 1987

TOKYO (AP) _ Takuya Muguruma of Japan will defend his World Boxing Association bantamweight title against Park Chan-young of South Korea in Osaka, western Japan, on May 24, Mutsuguruma’s manager, Kiyoshi Yoshii, said Monday.

Yoshii said the 15-round bout will be held at the 4,500-seat Moriguchi City Gymnasium in Osaka, where Muguruma won the vacant title by knocking out Panama’s Azael Moran in the fifth round on March 29.

Before the Moran-Maguruma fight, the WBA asked the winner to face the WBA’s top-ranked Park within 45 days, he said.

The 26-year-old Muguruma has a record of 26 victories, including 19 by knockout, against one defeat and one draw in his six-year boxing career.

Yoshii quoted Muguruma as saying at a news conference that ″I saw Park’s fights on video tapes and had an impression that he is a fighting boxer.

″I would like to overpower him,″ Muguruma was quoted as saying.

The 23-year-old Park’s record is 24 victories including seven knockouts against three defeats and two draws, Yoshii said.


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Ron Fraser, baseball coach at the University of Miami, has been named head coach of the 1987 USA Team that will compete at the Pan American Games this summer.

Fraser will be assisted by Jim Morris, baseball coach at Georgia Tech; Jerry Weinstein, baseball coach at Sacramento City College; and Brad Kelley, one of Fraser’s assistants at Miami.

The USA Team will play the national teams of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada and Cuba this summer. In August, the USA squad will compete at the Pan An Games in Indianapolis. If the team finishes first or second there, it will gain a berth in the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea.


FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) - The 1990 U.S. Junior Amateur golf championship will be played at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.

The site was selected by the United States Golf Association. The championship will be played July 24-28.


ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - Brazil, Chile, Morocco and the United States remain as official candidates to stage the 1994 soccer World Cup finals after three other hopefuls eliminated themselves, the world soccer body, FIFA, announced Monday.

Algeria and Benin failed to confirm provisional bids by last Friday’s deadline, a FIFA statement said. South Korea announced its withdrawal last month.

The four candidates must submit hosting proposals to FIFA, the International Soccer Federation, by Sept. 30. The winner will be announced June 30, 1988.

The 1994 event has to be held outside Europe to alternate with the 1990 finals in Italy.


NEW YORK (AP) - Real estate magnate Donald Trump denied Monday that he has contacted the owner of the Atlanta Falcons about buying the NFL team and moving it to New York.

″That’s totally untrue,″ said Norma Foerderer, a spokeswoman for Trump.

A story in Sunday’s combined editions of The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution said Trump had contacted Falcons owner Rankin Smith Sr. about buying the club.

″He’s got a group that keeps calling, but we’re not really talking,″ Smith told the newspapers.


NEW YORK (AP) - Financial News Network’s Score will televise the Tournament of Champions tennis tournament May 7-10 from the West Side Tennis Club, it was announced Monday.

Score will show the singles on May 7-8 and the doubles semifinals and final on May 9-10.

Already committed to play will be defending champion Yannick Noah of France, two-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of West Germany, Andres Gomez of Ecuador, Pat Cash of Australia and Tim Mayotte.

One of only four Circuit Championship events on the Nabisco Grand Prix, the Tournament of Champions features a 64-player singles draw and a 32-doubles draw. For the first time in its history, the T of C will stage a best-of-five- set singles final.

For the 10th consecutive year, ABC Sports will televise live the semifinals and final.

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