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March 19, 1995

HAMAOKA, Japan (AP) _ Brian Watts, the 1987 NCAA champion, fired a 4-under-par 68 Sunday and won the $1.1 million Shizuoka Open golf tournament by two shots.

Watts’ triumph followed fellow American Todd Hamilton’s victory last week in the Token Corporation Cup, the Japan PGA tour’s season opener. Hamilton did not play this week.

First-round leader Watts, a five-time winner on the Japan PGA tour last season, bogeyed the second hole, then recovered and made five birdies.

That gave him a 72-hole total of 8-under-par 280 over the 6,902-yard, par-72 Shizuoka Country Club’s Hamaoka Course. Watts received $200,000.

Shigeki Maruyama had a 71 and finished second at 282.


OHTSU, Japan (AP) _ Yuji Nakamura, a university sophomore running his first marathon, won the Biwako Mainichi Marathon in meet record time Sunday as Japanese runners swept the top six places.

Nakamura took the lead with 11 miles left and crossed the finish line at Ohjiyama Stadium in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 49 seconds, with a 300-meter margin. He broke the event record of 2:11:01 set by Mike O’Reilly of Britain in 1993.

Kenjiro Jitsui was second at 2:11:27.

Hiromi Taniguchi, a former world champion, finished fourth at 2:11:51 after withdrawing from the Tokyo International Marathon last month with a minor heart problem.

Samuel Okemwa of Kenya was the fastest foreigner, finishing seventh at 2:12:54.

A field of 163 competed in chilly winds and occasional drizzle.


KYOTO, Japan (AP) _ World record-holder Moses Tanui of Kenya won the men’s race Sunday, and defending champion Uta Pippig of Germany took the women’s title by more than five minutes in the Kyoto City Half-Marathon.

Tanui was timed in 1 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds, slower than his world record of 59:47. Another Kenyan, Stephen Mayaka, was second at 1:02:38.

In the women’s race, Pippig won at 1:07:58, with American Lisa Weidenbach second at 1:13:14.

A field of more than 4,000 competed.


LIVERPOOL, England (AP) _ Liverpool scored a 2-0 victory over Manchester United Sunday, leaving the Blackburn Rovers six points atop the British League standings.

The Rovers have 76 points from 34 games and United has 70. Both teams have eight games to play.

Newcastle stayed in third place, 13 points behind the leader, by defeating European Cup Winners Cup semifinalist Arsenal 1-0 at home.

In Division One, Bolton moved from fifth to second after a 1-0 victory at Millwall. In other games, Grimsby downed Sunderland 3-2 and Swindon won 5-2 at West Bromwich Albion.


MASHIKI, Japan (AP) _ Nayoko Yoshikawa beat South Korea’s Ku Ok-hee with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday for her first tournament victory after four winless seasons.

Victory in the $666,700 Saishukan Ladies tournament was worth $120,000 for Yoshikawa, who had 28 previous triumphs on the Japan LPGA tour _ all before 1991.

Ku parred the first playoff hole, the 474-yard, par-5 18th, and got $59,000.

Yoshikawa and Ku each shot par 72s Sunday and tied at 216 for the regulation 54 holes over the 6,329-yard Takayubaru Country Club course.

New Zealander Marnie McGuire, winner of the Japan LPGA tour’s season opener, the Daikin Orchid Ladies, shot a 73 and tied with Yuko Moriguchi and Yuko Saito for third at 217.


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) _ Norway’s Kjell Ove Oftedal held off the French anchor by four seconds to win the men’s final World Cup biathlon relay of the season Sunday.

The Norwegian quartet was timed at 1 hour, 30 minutes, 54.4 seconds, in the 30-kilometer event, which finished at the Birkebeineren Olympic Nordic ski stadium.

Jon Age Tyldum, who won the individual World Cup title Saturday, Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Frode Andresen skied the other 7.5K legs for Norway.

The United States placed 12th among 16 teams.

Russia topped the final World Cup relay standings with 112 points. Germany was second with 108 and Norway third with 101.

The French team, with individual champion Anne Briand skiing the third leg, won the women’s relay at 1:48.28.4. Germany was second.

The United States was seventh and next to last.

Germany beat France 116-110 in the final points standings.


DOHA, Qatar (AP) _ Qatar has emerged as the likely venue for this year’s World Youth Soccer Championship after Nigeria was prevented from staging the competition by the world soccer federation.

A four-man delegation from FIFA flew to Doha Saturday to inspect the facilities.

Although local soccer officials refused to discuss the plans on the record, sources said FIFA was expected to ratify the choice of Qatar. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

A source at the Qatar Football Association said it was ``very optimistic″ the two-week tournament could start April 13.

Nigeria lost the under-19 competition among 16 teams because of fears over health and security arrangements in the country.

The Qatar authorities say they have both the facilities and experience to stage the tournament on such short notice.

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