ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ The Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations said Friday that English clubs have made ″important efforts″ to improve conduct of their fans following the 1985 Heysel stadium tragedy and the subsequent decision to bar the clubs from UEFA competition.
The Committee added, however, in a statement that it was too early to consider readmitting them to European Cup matches.
″If the improvement continues in a way that would guarantee complete security in a future participation, the executive committee reserves the right to reconsider its position in 1987,″ the statement said.
Fans from Britain and Italy rioted in Belgium’s Heysel stadium before a European Cup final, resulting in the deaths of 38 people.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore has been chosen as the site for the 1989 national figure skating championships, according to city officials, who say the event should pump millions of dollars into the local economy.
The Baltimore Sun has reported that the city was chosen from among several contenders, including Buffalo, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., during a meeting Thursday of the National Figure Skating Association at San Francisco.
The championships will be held at the Baltimore Civic Center.
ITO, Japan (AP) - Hiroshi Ishii of Japan fired a one-under-par 70 Friday for a two-round total of 135 and took the sole lead at the halfway point of the $242,000 Fuji-Sankei Classic golf tournament.
Ishii, winner of nine tournaments, broke out of a four-way first-place tie on the windy, 6,694-yard, par-71 Kawana Hotel Fuji course.
Two strokes back at 137 was Japan’s Masashi Ozaki, who shot a second-round 72. He was followed by countryman Kimpachi Yoshimura at 73-138.
David Ishii of Hawaii, winner of last week’s Dunlop International tourney, and Toru Nakamura of Japan shared fourth at 139.
BOSTON (AP) - The late boxing promoter Anthony ″Rip″ Valenti will be honored with a street near Boston Garden named for him.
After hearing emotional testimony from former boxers supporting the memorial, the city’s Public Improvement Commission voted Thursday to change the name of Traversse Street to Rip Valenti Way.
Valenti, who died in January, operated a boxing gym on the street from 1920-1985.
Twenty eight former fighters, many of whom held titles, were among 80 people at the hearing and recalled for the commission how Valenti helped them.
″He opened a door for me,″ said state Rep. Joseph DeNucci, D-Newton, a one-time middleweight contender. ″I probably wouldn’t be in the position I am today without him.″
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former major league pitcher Wayne Garland has resigned as co-coach of the Aquinas Junior College baseball team because he could not agree on a contract with the school.
Garland, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, said Thursday he plans to enter private business.
In two years, Aquinas compiled a record of 62-33 under Garland and co-coach Chuck Anderson.
Garland was not paid and said he felt he could no longer donate his time to the school.
TOKYO (AP) - Former major leaguer Greg ″Boomer″ Wells hit a two-run homer Friday, helping the Hankyu Braves beat the Nankai Hawks 7-3 in a Japanese League game.
In another game, Gary Rajsich, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 11th and 12th homers - tops in the league - for the Chunichi Dragons in a 4-3 loss to the Yokohama Taiyo Whales. Carlos Ponce, formerly in the Milwaukee Brewers’ system, drove in two runs with a sacrifice and a single for Yokohama.
CHANTILLY, France (AP) - American Kelly Leadbetter, who shot a second-round 71 in the $92,000 Hennessy Cup golf tournament Friday, was fined $75 for slow play.
″I had already observed her slow play on Thursday,″ tournament controller Mark Jones said. ″Today I joined her at the sixth hole. She had already lost a hole on the group ahead. Over the next four holes, she took longer than the regulation 45 seconds to complete a shot on four occasions.″
Diane Heinicke, another American, who played in the group with Leadbetter, felt the punishment should have been tougher.
″It’s only $75,″ she said. ″If she wins, it won’t mean much to her. A two-shot penalty would have been fairer. Even after the warning, she made no attempt to change her routine.″
The fine was the first under the new, slow-play regulations introduced this year which brings the women’s PGA circuit in line with the men’s circuit.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new $75,000 prize to be divided among drivers completing the Indianpolis 500 on May 25 was announced Friday by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its sponsor.
Marlboro is making the award available in honor of the race’s 75th anniversary. It also announced publication of a book entitled, ″A Salute to the Indianapolis 500,″ which features the 69 past winners. The race was not held in 1917 and 1918, and from 1942-45 because of World War I and World War II, respectively.
The sponsor also announced creation of a trophy which will contain the names of drivers who share the award each year. The Marlboro 500 Mile Club trophy will be exhibited at the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum with drivers receiving a replica.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) - As some 100,000 soccer fans began converging on London Friday for the English Football Association soccer Cup final between Liverpool and Everton, Wembley stadium officials issued an alert over forged tickets.
The two Merseyside teams, who finished first and second, respectively, in the league title race, meet Saturday for the first time.
A stadium spokesman, Martin Corrie, said that following the forgery scare, security at the stadium would be tightened so that only fans with legitimate tickets would be admitted.
″We have been in touch with Liverpool police and have been assured they are doing all they can to control the situation,″ Corrie said. ″The tickets we are looking for are not particularly good forgeries and we would warn people that all genuine tickets are printed with a unique watermark.″