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March 8, 1993

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Bologna, Milan and defending champion Treviso clinched berths in the Italian League basketball playoffs with victories Sunday.

Bill Wennington scored 22 points as Bologna beat Roma 101-99, while Dino Radja scored 20 points for the losers. Milan won 98-89 at Reggio Calabria, and Toni Kukoc scored 32 points and Chris Corchiani added 14 as Treviso beat Montecatini 93-83.

Bologna (21-5) has 42 points with four games left in the regular season, followed by Milan (18-8) and Treviso (16-10).

Former NBA star Micheal Ray Richardson scored 29 points as Baker Leghorn beat Rimini 97-83. Pace Mannion scored 26 points as Clear Cantu upset Scavolini Pesaro 100-90 and tied Calabria for fourth place. Mannion is second in the league in scoring with a 24.1 average, trailing only Mario Boni of Montecatini (25.2).


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Midfielder Imad Baba underwent treatment for an ankle injury Monday and could miss his United States’ second match of the World Youth Championship for players under 20.

Baba aggravated a prwvious injury during the Americans’ 6-0 victory over European champion Turkey on Sunday night and came out of the game during the second half.

The United States plays England on Tuesday in its second Group C match. Baba, an 18-year-old high school senior from Humble, Texas, scored a goal against Turkey.


NEW YORK (AP) - Training facilities at Saratoga Race Course will open on May 1, two months earlier than previously announced, the New York Racing Association said Monday.

In a cost-cutting measure, NYRA recently said the training facilities would not be available until July 1, but changed the date after several Saratoga Springs agencies asked for a review of the decision.

The training season will run from May 1 to mid-July and resume after the Saratoga meeting from Sept. 1-Oct. 15.

NYRA hoped to downscale its operation by $5.5 million to help offset an estimated loss of $9.5 million this year.


LONDON (AP) - Manchester City was charged with misconduct Monday in connection with the latest incident of crowd trouble in English soccer.

About 300 fans ran onto the field with three minutes left in Sunday’s Football Association Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham Hotspur, taunting visiting players and fighting with rival supporters.

Play was interrupted for 13 minutes as police on horseback restored order. Thirty-seven people were arrested. The game resumed, and Tottenham won 4-2 to advance to the semifinals.

The Football Association, English soccer’s governing body, charged Manchester City with misconduct and violating its rules on crowd behavior. The club, which has two weeks to respond, could face a fine or other disciplinary measures, such as an order to play matches with no fans.

A year ago, Birmingham was fined $75,000 and ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after a 38-minute interruption during a game against Stoke. Sunday’s nationally-televised incidents were considered much more serious, bringing back memories of the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster in which 95 fans were crushed to death.


PARIS (AP) - The Paris-Dakar road race, considered by many the greatest endurance test of man and machine, will become a round-trip voyage this year, organizers said Monday.

Car, motorcycle and truck drivers in the 16th edition of the race will take a Paris-Dakar-Paris route of 7,500 miles, ending on the Champs Elysees in the French capital. The race is planned from Dec. 30 to Jan. 17, 1994.

Departing from Paris, drivers will cross France, Spain, the straits of Gibraltar, head along Africa’s Atlantic coast through Morocco and Mauritania, then head back to France through Mauritania and Algeria.

As part of new rules governing the race, the precise itinerary will remain secret until the last minute to prevent drivers and their teams from scouting the terrain in advance.

The descent will be along Africa’s coastline, but the return will be across the Sahara Desert.


HAYAMA, Japan (AP) - A Japanese yacht skippered by Yumiko Shige, the 1992 world championship runner-up, won the Shiseido Cup International Women’s 470- class competition Monday, beating the defending champion yacht from Ukraine.

The yacht of Shige and Alicia Kinoshita placed ninth in Monday’s race, but finished first overall with 55.4 points for two victories, two second places and two thirds in 10 races on Sagami Bay, southwest of Tokyo.

The Ukraine yacht of Ruslana Taran and Svetlana Oleksenko was second overall with 69.4 points. It finished seventh in Monday’s race.

The winner of each race receives zero points and the second-place finisher 3 points. The lowest total wins.

The German yacht of skipper Peggy Hardwiger and Christina Pinnow won Monday’s race and finished third overall with 76.7 points.

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