RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) _ Green Bay Packers fans picketed a cable television office because of a possibility the company won't relay the NFL team's games.

Gerald Atherton, an adviser to the Barron County community's cable TV commission, said Marcus Cable told commissioners Aug. 17 it might not carry the games or newscasts offered by WKBT-TV in La Crosse.

An estimated 50 protesters wearing the Packers' green-and-yellow colors demonstrated outside the Marcus district office.

''In Wisconsin, if you take away the Packers or deer hunting, there'll probably be a revolution,'' Atherton told the Milwaukee Sentinel. ''You can have natural disasters. You can have tornadoes, but by golly you don't take away our Packers.''

WKBT-TV general manager Bruce Pfeiffer said Marcus was not interested in carrying his station's entire signal and that the 1992 Cable Act prevents cable companies from selecting only the shows they want from a station's agenda.


MOGIMACHI, Japan (AP) - Defending champion Tsuneyuki Nakajima of Japan advanced to the semifinals of the Japan PGA Match Play Championship along with compatriots Katsunari Takahashi, Yoshitaka Yamamoto and Kohichi Suzuki.

Nakajima beat Hirobumi Miyase 2 and 1 in today's second round and Shigeru Kawamata 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals.

Yamamoto beat Yoshikazu Yokoshima 1-up and Hideto Shigenobu 2-up, Suzuki defeated Satoshi Higashi 1-up and Hiroshi Makino in 21 holes, and two-time winner Takahashi beat Naomichi Ozaki 5 and 4 and Nobuo Serizawa 3 and 2.

Takahashi faces Yamamoto and Nakajima opposes Suzuki in Saturday's 36-hole semifinals on the 6,916-yard, par-72 Higashinomiya Country Club course.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - An NFL player of the week award is being inaugurated this season by the Professional Football Writers of America, with the winners being featured on trading cards.

The PFWA and Classic Games Inc., will sponsor the awards. They also will honor a player of the year, rookie of the year and coach of the year, and will select an all-rookie and an all-pro team.


SUSONO, Japan (AP) - Michiko Hattori of Japan shot a 5-under-par 68 today to take a one-stroke lead over Tu Ai-yu of Taiwan after the first round of the Fujisankei Ladies Classic.

Hattori, the 1985 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, one-putted 11 greens on the 6,520-yard Five Hundred Club course. Sheree Higgens of New Zealand and Kaori Higo of Japan opened with 70s.


MONTAGUE, Prine Edward Island (AP) - Stephane Talbot of Beloeil, Quebec, shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round lead of the Canadian Tour's season-ending King's County Classic.

Kent Jones of Carlsbad, N.M., and Bruce Bulina of Toronto opened play Thursday with 66s on the 6,517-yard Brudenell River course.


IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys receiver Jimmy Smith will miss the season after developing complications following appendectomy surgery.

Smith, 24, had post-surgical infection and complications after having his appendix removed Aug. 24. The former Jackson State star spent the first half of last season on injured reserve after breaking his leg in training camp.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Kelli Kuehne of Dallas shot a 1-under-par 71 for a 13-stroke victory in the Southwestern Junior, her third American Junior Golf Association title of the year and ninth of her career.

Kuehne finished play Thursday with a 3-over 219 total on the University of New Mexico's Championship Course. In the boys division, Joel Kribel of Pleasanton, Calif., shot a 70 for a 10-stroke victory with a 7-under 209 total.