FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) _ Peter Tishman, a prominent amateur fencer during the 1940s, died Thursday following a long illness. He was 69.

Tishman fenced at New York University where he graduated in 1942 and was nationally ranked. He was a first lieutenant during World War II, winning the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts and later served as treasurer of the Amateur Fencers League of America and the NYU Varsity Club.

His son, Jeff, is sports librarian for The Associated Press.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Vince Granatelli Racing has signed veteran Didier Theys to drive two of the remaining reaces on the 1989 PPG-CART Indy Car World Series schedule.

Theys, 32, will drive in the Sept. 3 Mid-Ohio 200 and the Sept. 10 Road America 200 at Elkhart Lake, Wis.

A native of Belgium, Theys began his U.S. career in 1987, winning the American Rcing Series championship while making his Indy car debut. He had seven top-five finishes in nine starts, including three consecutive victories.

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PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) - Second-seeded Horst Skoff of Austria crushed Marko Ostoja of Yugoslavia 6-4, 6-O Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the $17O,OOO Czechoslovak Open Grand Prix tennis tournament.

Skoff started out by breaking Ostoja's serve and kept the advantage throughout the first set. In the second set, Ostoja never had a chance.

''I knew it could be a tough match so I had to concentrate myself,'' said Skoff, who lost his last match with Ostoja last year in Basel, Switzerland. ''After I won the first set I knew I could win the match. I am glad my fighting spirit is back.''

Skoff had been expected to shine last week in the Kitzbuehel tournament in Austria, but disappointed home fans by losing in the first round.

In other quarterfinal matches Friday, Michael Tauson of Denmark upset Czechoslovak Petr Korda, Marcelo Filippini of Uruguay defeated Martin Strelba of Czechoslovakia and Franco Davin of Argentine defeated Spaniard Jose Aguilera 6-4, 6-1.

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YORK, England (AP) - Gary Player, emulating the deeds of his old rival Arnold Palmer in the PGA, shot a second-round 67 to keep in touch with the young lions in the $480,000 Benson and Hedges International golf tournament at Fulford Friday.

The 53-year-old South African, who has won more than 100 titles in 36 years on the golf tours, is three shots behind Briton Derrick Cooper, winner of just one title in 17 years, and Australian rookie of the year Bradley Hughes.

The top American is Rick Hartmann, who is tied for fourth at 9-under with Welshman Mark Mouland and South African John Bland.

A scorecard blunder cost Mouland a stroke. He was credited with a 68 when he actually had shot a second straight 67. Mouland sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th but his playing partner, Gordon J. Brand, marked it down as a par 4.

Player, a three-time Open champion, chipped in for his first eagle on the ninth. Then he staged a grandstand finish, hitting a three-wood onto the green at the 480-yard 18th and sinking a 35-foot eagle putt.

Five candidates for next month's Ryder Cup match against the United States at The Belfry, Birmingham, missed the cut in the blustery conditions: Mark James, Sam Torrance, Denis Durnian, Christy O'Connor Jnr and Sandy Lyle.

Andy Oldcorn of Scotland made the cut after playing the last seven holes without a putter. He broke it in anger, had to use his driver - and sank two birdie putts to survive.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The Thoroughbred Racing associations of North America will move its national headquarters to Fair Hill, Md., in June 1991, the TRA board of directors announced Friday.

Also approved at their regularly scheduled meeting was the admission of the Fair Grounds to the TRA, the admission of three additional alternate directors and the resignation of Prairie Meadows.

The board voted unanimously to move its headquarters from Lake Success, N.Y., to Fair Hill after the state of Maryland agreed to build a new facility on a 5,600-acre parcel of land. The state also will provide incentives to the TRA that will assist in the cost of moving.

Currently, the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association has its national offices at the same site.

The New Orleans track will be represented on the TRA board by Louis Roussel III. Vickey Bayloey, the director of operations, will serve as the alternate.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The ATP Tour will relocate the ATP Tour European headquarters to Monte Carlo, the men's tennis organization announced Friday.

The mutually beneficial three-year agreement provides the ATP Tour office facilities as well as exclusive playing facilities for ATP members.

''We are very pleased to obtain this agreement with the ATP Tour and are looking forward to being the location of their headquarters in Europe,'' said Princess Antoinette of Monaco, chairperson of the Monte Carlo Country Club. ''We intend to make all the players and tournament directors welcome in Monte Carlo.

Hamilton Jordon, chief executive officer of the ATP tour, said Monte Carlo was selected because of the good year-round weather, a good business relationship, the necessary court conditions, a centralized location for the players and tournament directors, ''and the fact that over 25 of our players make their home there.''