BEIJING (AP) _ No. 1 seed Michael Chang defeated Australian Michael Tebbutt 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Friday to lead the way into the semifinals of the Salem Open.

Second-seed Renzo Furlan made the semis by outlasting fellow Italian Gianluca Pozzi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

South African David Nainkin beat Leander Paes, India's top player, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-5 in another quarterfinal, and Japan's top player, Shuzo Matsuoka, beat Scott Draper of Australia 7-5, 6-3.


CHIBA, Japan (AP) _ Yasunori Kuramoto broke out of a four-day tie for the lead by shooting by 3-under-par 69 on Friday in the second round of the $1.2 million Bridgestone Open.

The round left Kuromoto at 9-under-par 135.

One stroke behind were American Brian Watts, who fired a 68, and Japanese Shigeki Maruyama, Hajime Meshiai and Hidemichi Tanaka. Meshiai and Tanaka shot 68s while Maruyama had a 70.

Watts is in contention for his third Japan PGA tournament victory this year. Another American, Glen Day, shot a 69 and was at 137.

Two other first-round leaders, Mark Calcavecchia and Jet Ozaki, carded 72s and were tied at 138 with American David Ishii.


HIGASHI MATSUYAMA, Japan (AP) _ Chako Higuchi, who won the LPGA Championship 18 years ago, was among six golfers who shot 71 Friday and tied for the first-round lead in the Kibun Ladies Classic.

Tied with Higuchi were Fuki Kido, Kayo Yamada, South Korean Kim Man-soo and two Taiwanese, Cheng Mei-chi and Chen Li-ying.

The 50-year-old Higuchi, who has won 72 tournaments, hasn't won in four years.


BEIJING (AP) _ Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson led all the way to win the 2,274-mile Hong Kong-Beijing auto rally which finished Friday.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer, Eriksson was timed in four hours, 39 minutes and 28 seconds for the 26 special stages in the fifth event on the Asia Pacific rally tour.

His Mitsubishi Ralliart teammate Ari Vatanen of Finland, the 1993 race winner, finished second at 4:40:04.

Richard Burns of Britain, from the 555 Subaru World Rally team, placed third at 4:42:42, followed by Possum Bourne of New Zealand, the winner last year.

Twenty-seven of the 44 cars that started the rally on Oct. 14 finished.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A boxing promoter who did prison time has been cleared to work for New Jersey casinos again.

Mark S. Stewart of Burbank, Calif., who spent five years in federal prison but was released in 1990, can now promote fights in the casinos. The state Casino Control Commission voted 3-1 to remove a 10-year-old ban on Stewart. He promoted matches in Atlantic City in the 1970s and early 1980s.

In 1985, he was jailed for conspiracy to defraud the government by aiding in the filing of a bogus tax return. He also pleaded guilty to involvement in ``destroying a building by explosives,'' said his lawyer, Scott Silver.

Stewart, who said he never received notice that he was barred from doing business with Atlantic City casinos, learned of the ban last January, as he tried to arrange a match at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.