NEW YORK (AP) _ General Motors Corp. has bought the rights to be the only domestic car and truck advertiser on NBC’s coverage of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed in Friday’s announcement, but NBC reportedly wanted more than $50 million for that sponsorship.
NBC previously signed exclusive sponsorship deals for its Olympic coverage with Anheuser-Busch Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. Those deals reportedly were also worth more than $50 million each.
NBC paid $456 million for the rights to telecast the Olympics.
SHIMACHO, Japan (AP) - American Brian Watts one-putted 15 times en route to a 5-under-par 67 Friday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the $1 million Hisamitsu-KBC Augusta Tournament.
Watts, a winner of two tournaments on the Japan PGA tour this season, has a 36-hole total of 133.
First-round leader Masayuki Kawamura was at 134 after a 69 Friday.
David Ishii was at 138 and his fellow American Scott Simpson had a 140 total.
TOKYO (AP) - The United States won its fourth game in four tries at the women’s volleyball World Grand Prix, beating Germany 15-2, 15-7, 15-10 Friday in Group D. Germany fell to 0-4.
U.S. captain Tammy Liley had 16 kills, three stuffs blocks and four aces.
Japan beat the Netherlands 15-10, 15-3, 15-7 for its third victory against one defeat. The Netherlands is 1-3.
TOKYO (AP) - Glenn Braggs homered as the Yokohama Baystars beat the Yomiuri Giants 4-1 on Friday. Braggs, once an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, has 30 home runs this season. Bobby Rose, another former major leaguer, drove in two runs with a single.
Mel Hall went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Fukuoka Daiei Hwaks 8-2.
BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) - Jake Rodriguez will make a defense of his IBF junior welterweight title Saturday against unbeaten George Scott of Sweden.
Rodriguez, a motorcycle mechanic from Central Islip, N.Y., captured the title in February by taking a majority decision over Charles Murray in Atlantic City, N.J.
Two months later, the left-hander made his first title defense by taking a decision over Ray Oliveira.
Scott has won all 23 of his pro fights, 11 by knockout.
He is managed by Angelo Dundee, who developed champions Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.
SHIBAYAMA, Japan (AP) - Kumiko Hiyoshi shot a 4-under-par 68 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Goyo Kensetsu Ladies Cup tournament.
Tied for second were Hiromi Takamura, Suzuko Maeda, Fuki Kido, Miyuki Shimabukuro and Yuka Irie.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A son of sports personality Dan Dierdorf has pleaded innocent to charges that he raped and sodomized a woman at his town house in Chesterfield.
Dan Dierdorf Jr. entered his plea Thursday in St. Louis County Circuit Court. He is charged with felonious restraint, two counts of rape, two counts of sodomy and five counts of armed criminal action. The charges stem from a July 20 incident.
Dierdorf, 24, is the son of ABC sportscaster Dan Dierdorf, a former football Cardinal.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has given up next year’s East Asian Games, which were to have been held in Pyongyang. ″Instability on the Korean peninsula,″ was given as the reason.
″We have expected the North Korean decision because of their economic woes and diplomatic isolation, but it is also disappointing news,″ an official at the (South) Korea Olympic Committee said.
The Games would have been the first major international sports competition to be hosted by the reclusive communist state.