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May 5, 1986

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) _ Top-seeded Russell Simpson of New Zealand lost the second set but fought back for a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 victory over second-seeded Vallis Wilder of the United States in the men’s singles finals in the Dunlop Masters Tennis Tournament Monday.

Simpson received $9,400.

In the all-Japanese women’s singles final, Yukie Koizumi defeated Hijiri Nakasaka 6-2, 6-3, winning $2,800.

Later, Simpson teammed up with compatriot David Mustard and beat Australian Shane Barr and American Scott McCain 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) for the men’s doubles title on the hard courts of the Nagoya Green Tennis Club.

The women’s doubles title went to the Japanese pair of Naoko Sato and Masaya Kidowaki, who beat compatriots Rie Nakazawa and Yukie Koizumi 6-2, 6-1.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts have placed three players on waivers, the NFL team announced Monday.

The three are defensive end Scott Virkus, defensive back Mike Heaven and wide receiver Golden Tate.

Virkus played in 1984 and 1985. In 15 games last season, Virkus had 11 tackles and five sacks.

Heaven, from Illinois, signed with the Colts this spring as a free agent.

Tate, who was the Colts’ fifth-round draft choice in 1984, had been waived and then was brought back.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Breland of New York, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist at 147 pounds, will fight Ricardo Avendao of Harr, Texas, in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout May 15 in Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum.

Breland, five times a Golden Gloves champion, is 11-0 with six knockouts. In his last fight he stopped Darryl Anthony, the only boxer to beat him as an amateur, in three rounds. Avendano is 9-4 with three knockouts. Breland turns 23 four days before the bout.


CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) - The Continental Basketball Association expects several franchises to move this summer to smaller markets and take advantage of a lack of competition from major league teams, Commissioner James Drucker said Monday.

The reason for the sudden travel tendancies is due to the recent attendance successes of clubs such as the Albany, N.Y., Patroons, the (Casper) Wyoming Wildcatters and the La Crosse, Wis., Catbirds.

The Catbirds, which moved from Louisville at the end of the 1984-85 season to Wisconsin, set an all-time CBA seasonal attendance record atracting 135,751 fans to 40 regular season games, doubling the previous record.

″The CBA has been more successful in cities like Albany, Casper and La Crosse than in cities which have major league teams,″ said Drucker, who did not specifically mention any clubs contemplating an address change. The CBA, which had 14 teams last season, has clubs in Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit and Kansas City.


NEW YORK (AP) - Charles Barkley, the Philadelphia 76ers forward who was passed over for selection in this year’s NBA All-Star game, was named Monday as the winner of the Schick Pivotal Player Award.

The award, based on a computer analysis of several statistical categories such as scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and assists, rates players on their overall value to their team.

Barkley, who averaged 20 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season, finished immediately ahead of Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird, Los Angeles Lakers guard Earvin Johnson and the Seattle Supersonics center Jack Sikma.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Sailor and sailing author Gary Jobson will join ESPN as an expert analyst for its of the America’s Cup from October to February, the all-sports network announced Monday.

The 35-year-old Jobson was the tactician for Ted Turner’s Courageous crew in when the yacht defended the title for the United States in 1977, held the same position on Courageous in 1980 and Dendender in 1983 in defense trial, and has written eight books on sailing.

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