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September 17, 1993

LONDON (AP) _ Referees and linesmen are threatening a one-day strike against England’s soccer leagues over the suspension of two linesmen, one of whom later committed suicide.

International linesmen Frank Martin and John Griffiths were suspended last week after being accused of moving a marker cone during a recent fitness session for game officials.

The two men had their linesman’s appointments withdrawn pending a disciplinary hearing. The next day Martin, an official for 20 years, was found dead in his car near his home at Hollybush, Wales.

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TOKYO (AP) - American Akebono stayed undefeated while overnight co-leader Takanonami suffered his first defeat Friday, the sixth day of the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Akebono, who holds sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna (grand champion), easily ousted second-ranked maegashira (senior wrestler) Akinoshima (3-3).

The Hawaiian, whose real name is Chad Rowan, takes on sekiwake (junior champion) Takanonami on Saturday. He is seeking his fifth overall tournament title.

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TOKYO (AP) - Akimitsu Ito (10-4) scattered seven hits over 8 1-3 innings and catcher Atsuya Furuta homered as the Central League’s front-running Yakult Swallows beat the Yomiuri Giants 3-1 at Tokyo Dome Friday.

With their seventh straight victory, the Swallows maintained a one-game lead over the second-place Chunichi Dragons, who won their seventh straight with a 6-0 decision over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Shinji Imanaka (13-7) hurled a four-hitter, allowing no runners beyond second base.

Hiroshima blanked the Hanshin Tigers 4-0 to snap their losing streak at 12.

At Yokohama, pinch-hitter Masahiro Takahashi singled home the game-winning run off Taiwanese fast-ball hurler Kuo Lee Chien-fu (4-2) in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Yokohama Baystars a 3-2 victory over the Hanshin Tigers.

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