SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Defending champion New Zealand and second-seeded Australia opened the eighth world netball championships Monday with easy victories.

New Zealand, which won the event in 1987 and is the top seed, beat Papua New Guinea 91-29. Australia easily downed Fiji 84-19 in the other featured match at the Sydney Entertainment Center.

In other matches Monday in the 20-team, two-week tournament, Jamaica beat Northern Ireland 66-47, Western Samoa downed Sri Lanka 69-39, the Cook Islands beat Hong Kong 67-26, Wales trounced Malaysia 82-23, Canada beat the Pacific Island country of Vanuatu 80-19, England defeated Scotland 48-22 and the Republic of Ireland beat Namibia 53-45.

Singapore and the Cayman Islands had byes on Monday.

Leonie Leaver scored 50 goals for New Zealand and Tracy Eyrl-Shortland added 41. Violet David was the leading scorer for Papua New Guinea, shooting 25.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - South Korea defeated Malaysia 2-0 Monday night in a match of the Asia Group D second leg pre-Olympic soccer tournament.

Noh Jung-yoon scored for South Korea in the 17th minute and Seo Jung-won in the 19th minute.

The victory boosted South Korea's chances for qualifying for the second round later this year.

South Korea, which led the standings with seven points in the first leg in Seoul last month, defeated the Philippines 7-0 Saturday.

Other teams in the group are Thailand and Bangladesh.

On Wednesday, the South Koreans play Bangladesh and the Philippines meets Malaysia.

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch soccer club BVV Den Bosch Monday appealed UEFA's three-season ban against it competing in European Cup play.

''We think this is an absurd situation, contradicting the law,'' BVV Den Bosch manager Chris van de Laar said Monday. UEFA confirmed that the appeal had been filed.

The Zurich-based Union of European Football Associations banned the Dutch national cup finalist because Den Bosch went to civil court to obtain a replay of the June 2 cup final's second half against Rotterdam club Feyenoord.

Under UEFA regulations, clubs must settle soccer-related disputes exclusively through their national soccer authorities.

The Royal Dutch Soccer Association had refused to order a replay.

As a result of the sanction, Feyenoord was awarded the Dutch berth in next season's European Cupwinners Cup.

The court replay order, invalidating Feyenoord's 1-0 win, was issued because Rotterdam fans had poured onto the field and disrupted play several times during the second half. The replay had been postponed until July at the earliest.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees will celebrate the Fourth of July with a tribute to 10,000 tri-state area troops, including many who participated in Operation Desert Storm.

The Independence Day activities, sponsored by Fisher Brothers Management and Volume Service, includes complimentary baseball meals of hot dogs, soda and peanuts for the troops as well as performances by opera star Robert Merrill and the Fort Hamilton marching band. The Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy will display a 38 by 20 foot American flag and a replica of the Betsy Ross 15-star flag will be dedicated.

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PARIS (AP) - Tennis veteran Ilie Nastase, figure skating champions Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay and pole vaulter Sergei Bubka will display their talents starting Friday when a high-rise office complex turns into a showcase for 50 sports.

Tennis and squash courts, a boxing ring, an archery field, a skating rink and a rock climbing wall are just a few of the attractions designed to lure visitors to ''Sports Planet,'' a 12 million-franc ($2 million) sports promotion project on the concrete plaza at La Defense.

The vast plaza is ringed by a forest of skyscrapers on the western edge of the capital, functioning as the city's ultra-modern business district.

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MOSCOW (AP) - The 1994 Goodwill Games will be held July 23 through Aug. 7, 1994 in the Soviet Union, it was announced Monday after the formal signing of an agreement between Turner Broadcasting System, the Soviet Sports Committee and the Soviet Television Committee.

Competition for the 16 days will be held in Moscow and Leningrad, but the majority of the events are to be held in Leningrad.