HAKUI, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Yoshinori Mizumaki and Noboru Sugai shot 6-under-par 66s today to share the first-round lead in the 36-hole Asia-Japan qualifying tournament for the 122nd British Open.
Australia’s Wayne Smith and Japan’s Koichi Suzuki, Kiyoshi Murota, Fumiaki Matsutaka and Norikazu Kawakami opened with 69s on the Tokinodai Country Club’s Noushudai course. Brian Jones of Australia, Paul Hoad of England and Rick Gibson of Canada shot 72s and Todd Hamilton of the United States had a 74.
The top five in the 34-player field advance to the British Open at Royal St. George in Sandwich, England, on July 15-18.
PONOKA, Albeta (AP) - Don Fardon of Australia shot a 1-over-par 71 for a two-stroke victory over Stephen van Vuuren of South Africa in the Canadian Tour’s Alberta Open.
The 30-year-old Fardon, who earned $18,000, finished play Sunday with a 7- under 273 total on the 6,818-yard Wolf Creek Golf Resort course. Van Vuuren also closed with a 71.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds activated left-hander Kevin Wickander and returned reliever Scott Service to Indianapolis of the American Association after the Reds’ 6-3 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday.
Wickander, who had been on the disabled list with a strained knee since June 2, pitched three shutout innings for Indianapolis last Wednesday on a rehabilitation assignment.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Jodi Figley shot her second straight 3-under-par 69 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Nancy Bowen and Nicole Jeray in the Futures Tour’s 36-hole Capital Region Classic.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Tony Thornton stopped Frankie Minton with a straight right hand at 2:56 of the seventh round of their super middleweight bout at Harrah’s Marina Casino Hotel.
Thornton improved to 34-5-1 on Sunday night with his 24th knockout. Minton fell to 26-19-1.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Rebecca Twigg won the women’s 40-kilometer time trial to become the only double winner in the national cycling championships.
Twigg, who won the criterium Saturday, finished Sunday’s race in 52 minutes, 40.49 seconds. Jeanne Golay followed in 53:53.89.
Scott Mercer won the men’s time trial in 48:49.79, followed by Eric Zaltas in 49:30.35.