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October 20, 1985

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Australia edged closer to the 1986 World Cup soccer finals by gaining a point with a 1-1 draw in its Ooceania group qualifying match against Israel Sunday.

Australia now has four points in three games and on target to win the section and clinch a playoff against Scotland.

Australia’s next two matches are against Chinese Taipei, the weakest team in the group, and it must then play New Zealand at home.


GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) - Kazuyoshi Hoshino won both the race and the overall series as Japanese drivers finished 1-2-3 Sunday in the 155-mile fourth and final leg of the Fuji Grand Champion auto race.

Hoshino, driving a March 842 Mcs6 BMW and starting from the pole position, covered the 60 laps on the 2.7-mile Fuji Speedway Track at the foot of Mount Fuji in one hour, 23 minutes, 31.87 seconds at an average speed of 117.838 mph.

He collected first prize money of $23,000 plus $8,300 for the series’ overall championship.

Satoru Nakajima, driving a March 842 Mcs6 BMW, was second in 1:23:39.44, followed by Kenji Takahashi in a March 842 Mcs6 BMW, in 1:24.16.85.


ENOSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Defending champions Dean Blatchford and Tom Woods of Australia finished 10th Sunday but maintained the overall lead after four of the five races in the 505 class World Yachting Championships.

Blatchford and Woods had 5.7 points to 9.0 for Australians Gary Bruniges and Greg Gardiner, who finished second in Sunday’s race.

The winner of each race is awarded zero points and the boat with the lowest score at the end of the series wins the championships, but if only four races are held, then three shall count under the Olympic scoring system.

Jim Wondolleck and Jay Kuncl of San Francisco, winner of the 1984 Northern California championships, were disqualified in the fourth race as their boat touched the British boat of Chris Lewis and Andy Grey. But the U.S. team stood third with 11.4 points because Sunday’s 62 losing points were not counted under the rule.

The Lewis-Grey team also was disqualified, but remained 13th with 52.7 points.

Terry Kyrwood and Reg Crick of Australia won Sunday’s race and was fourth overall with 19.7 points.The U.S. team of J.B. Braun and Bill Kenney of Boston finished fifth Sunday and ranked fifth overall with 28.0 points.


OSAKA, Japan (AP) - The U.S. men’s national volleyball team defeated the Japanese national team 15-12, 15-5, 15-12 Sunday for its second victory against no defeats in a five-match series in Japan.


TOKYO (AP) - Randy Bass belted a two-run homer Sunday and moved to within one home run from the Japanese League single-season record of 55, but his Hanshin Tigers lost 4-2 to the Chunichi Dragons.

Bass, formerly with the Texas Rangers, has 54 home runs with two games left this season. Sadaharu Oh, now manager of the Yomiuri Giants, set the record of 55 in 1964.


MONTREAL (AP) - Left wing Charlie Simmer, who scored eight goals in leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-1-1 record, has been named the Player of the Week, the National Hockey League announced Sunday.

Quebec goalie Mario Gosselin, who has an unbeaten record (4-0-0) finished second in the voting.