TOKYO (AP) _ Jack Howell hit a three-run homer to lead the Yakult Swallows to an 8-5 victory over the Seibu Lions in the opener of Japan’s version of the World Series on Saturday.
Rex Hudler, another former major leaguer, contributed a run-scoring double to the victory.
Seibu, the Pacific League champion, has won the Series four years in a row.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Former Seton Hall player Andrew Gaze scored 41 points Saturday night and led the Melbourne Tigers to a 117-113 victory over the Perth Wildcats in the opener of the Australian National Basketball League championships.
Gaze, a member of the Australian national team, was backed up by former Los Angeles Clippers guard Lanard Copeland, who scored 26 points.
Americans Ricky Grace, Scott Fisher and James Crawford each scored 23 points for Perth.
GATTON, Australia (AP) - Ricky Thornberry captured the vacant Australian light-heavyweight title by winning a unanimous decision over Colin Weetra in their 12-round bout Saturday night.
There were no knockdowns as Thornberry improved his record to 6-1.
The new champion weighed in at 173 pounds, one pound lighter than Weetra.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Ikuo Shirahama fired a 3-under-par 69 in Saturday’s third round to hold his one-shot lead in the $1.1 million Bridgestone Open with a 206.
Mark Calcavecchia was tied for second with Japanese golfers Tsukasa Watanabe and Hajime Meshiai. Calcavecchia and Watanabe each shot a 67 on Saturday and Meshiai had a 69.
Another shot back at 208 were Nolan Henke, who shot the day’s best round, a 66, and Naomichi Ozaki, who fired a 69.
KARASUYAMA, Japan (AP) - Ku Ok-hee of South Korea opened a seven-stroke lead in the Karasuyamajo-Itsuki Classic women’s tournament by firing a 1- under-par 71 in Saturday’s second round.
Ku has a 36-hole score of 137.
Aki Takamura was in second place after a 73 in the second round.
Americans Deborah McHaffie and Patti Rizzo were in a group at 150.
SAIJO, Japan (AP) - The Japanese men’s national volleyball team beat the United States 15-10, 15-4, 7-15, 16-14 Saturday in the second match of a three-match series.
Yuichi Nakagaichi had 12 spike and block points for Japan, while Tom Sorensen scored 10 points for the Americans.
HONG KONG (AP) - Thirty-two cars left Saturday on the first leg of the 2,356-mile Hong Kong-Beijing Rally, an event that was last run in 1987.
Former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen of Finland and his co-driver, Bruno Berglund of Sweden, led the field in a Subaru Legacy.
The race, which ends next Friday in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, will cover five Chinese provinces
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) - Dutch riders Jos Lansink and Piet Raymakers edged England’s John Whitaker in a jump-off Saturday to win the second Volvo World Cup equestrian meet of the season.
Whitaker, a former two-time World Cup winner and the runner-up last year, took the lead as he went out fourth among eleven riders who were faultless after the initial round.
But Whitaker’s time of 37.26 seconds on Everest Grannusch was beaten, first by Raymakers’ 36.92 on his mount, Visa Rinnetou, and in the next ride by Lansink, who took his 12-year old brown stallion Bollvorm’s Libero H through in 36.44 seconds.