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February 2, 1989

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Italian soccer fans snapped up a first batch of lowest-priced tickets for Rome matches in the 1990 World Cup finals within less than 24 hours, FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, said Thursday.

Ticket sales for the 24-nation tournament hosted by Italy began Wednesday. Half of the tickets are reserved for Italians.

The tickets that sold out immediately were priced at an equivalent of $11.40 for first-round matches and $12.65 for second-round and quarterfinal matches, FIFA said in a statement.

The Italian team, which has a first-round bye as host, is scheduled to play its first three games in the capital.

Cheapest tickets for the title game in Rome were held back until November, FIFA said.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Brian Allen was named winner of the Mike Lee Rising Star Award as the outstanding young harness racing driver Thursday.

Allen, 24, drove 106 winners at Vernon Downs last year. He scored his first parimutuel victory at the track when he was 19. His father, Angus, owns standardbreds and occasionally drives.

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MOENA, Italy (AP) - Thursday’s leg of the Alpirod international sled dog race was called off due to lack of snow, organizers said.

The race, which has crossed through France and Switzerland, is scheduled to resume Friday in the Italian city of Dobbiaco.

American Kathy Swenson holds the overall lead after nine stages. Tim White of the United States is second while Switzerland’s Pascal Nicoud holds third place overall.

The race is scheduled to end Sunday.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Trainer Lou Duva will work in the corner of Darrin Van Horn Sunday when Van Horn fights Robert Hines for the International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title, Van Horn’s manager, Ed Gersch, said Thursday.

Duva will fly from Las Vegas to Atlantic City Sunday morning for the fight. Duva will be in Mark Breland’s corner Saturday night when Breland fights Lee Seung-soon of South Korea for the vacant World Boxing Association welterweight title at Caesars Palace.

″Whatever it takes to win, let’s get it on,″ Van Horn’s trainer, Hedgemon Lewis, said.

Van Horn, of Lexington, Ky., will meet Hines, of Philadelphia, in a scheduled 12-rounder at Trump Castle. The fight will be nationally televised by NBC.

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BERLIN (AP Winterstein, 29, has a 47-1 record and is ranked No. 1 by the IBF in the middleweight class behind champion Michael Nunn of the United States.

Rocchigiani defended his super middleweight title for the third time with a unanimous decision over Thulane Malige of South Africa on Jan. 27.

The 25-year-old champion is undefeated in 27 fights.