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July 5, 1986

OTTAWA (AP) _ Canada’s first national women’s soccer team is headed for Minneapolis, to play the United States national women’s team in a two-game series on Monday and Wednesday.

The 16-member team was selected this week and announced in Winnipeg on Friday by coach Neil Turnbull of Edmonton.

Members from Western Canada are: Gerri Donnelly of Port Moody, B.C.; Michelle Ring, Abbotsford, B.C.; Cathy Ross, Coquitlam, B.C.; Sue Simon, Janet Lemieux and Tracey David of Edmonton; Jeanne Mansuy, Pierceland, Sask., and Tracey Watson of Winnipeg.

In Central Canada, the members are: Shelly McNichol of Thornhill, Ont.; Carrie Serwetnyk, Mississauga, Ont.; Charmaine Hooper, Ottawa; Carla Chin, Agincourt, Ont.; sisters Connie and Maureen Cant of Dorval, Quebec, and Anne Caron of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.

Sally Pirie of Halifax is the only member from the Atlantic provinces. Next week’s competition will be the first international experience for the women’s team. They will be returning to Canada on Thursday.

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Ken Still, a second-year member of the Professional Golfers’ Association senior tour, will be off the tour for at least three months due to a fractured left kneecap.

Still, 51, broke the kneecap in two places Thursday when he tripped over a wire at a Tacoma shopping center. He was taking the week off during a break in the PGA senior tour.

Still was 22nd in money winnings with more than $42,000 in the tour.

He is expected to be in a full-length cast for up to four weeks.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Preliminary plans for a $180 million Cervantes Convention Center expansion that could accommmodate a 70,000-seat enclosed football stadium if given voter approval have been unveiled by St. Louis officials.

″We’re convinced that this is the most unique project the city has ever considered,″ convention center director Bruce T. Sommer said Friday. ″It’s certainly the largest.″

As envisioned, the expansion would bring together elements of a $1 billion convention and retail complex in downtown St. Louis that would include the revitalized Laclede’s Landing area and the St. Louis Centre, Sommer said.

The complex would link 580,000 square feet of convention floor space with several hotels as well as the Centre and the Landing, he said. The expanded convention center, approximately 15 floors high, would feature movable seats and walls topped by a permanent flat roof rather than an inflatable dome.

Sommer said the complex, which he envisioned being called ″Spirit of St. Louis,″ could be converted to an arena seating between 10,000 and 30,000 for hockey or a theater that would seat between 5,000 and 10,000 for concerts.

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SOJA, Japan (AP) - The third round of the Kansai (West Japan) PGA Championship has been cancelled due to heavy rain.

Two Japanese - Hiroshi Ishii and Shinsaku Maeda - were tied for the lead after Friday’s second round on the 6,862-yard, par-72 Kibi Country Club course in western Japan.

Play will resume Sunday.

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KOSAICHO, Japan (AP) - Heavy rain has forced the postponement of the third round of the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship, Japan’s most prestigious women’s golf tournament.

The third round and the fourth round will be played on Sunday.

Two Taiwanese - Tu Ai-yu and Cheng Mei-chi - shared the lead after the second round Friday.

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YAMAMOTO-CHO, Japan (AP) - Japan’s Tommy Nakajima and Isao Aoki share the lead after three rounds of the Kanto PGA Championship.

Nakajima, the leading money-winner on the Japan PGA tour, had eight birdies and only one bogey Saturday as he fired a 65 for a 54-hole score of 202, 14 under par. Aoki had a bogey-free 66 to tie Nakajima.

Naomichi Ozaki and Saburo Fujiki shared the runner-up spot at 204. Ozaki had a 67 and Fujiki, who has not had a bogey during the tournament, shot a 65.

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