NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) _ Formula One will have only one official qualifying session for Grand Prix races as of next season, instead of two.
Bernie Ecclestone, chief of the constructors’ association, said Sunday that team bosses had agreed to scrap the Friday qualifying session and leave only Saturday’s run to determine the starting grid.
The Formula One teams failed to agree on allowing a third car to be entered by teams that could afford it, Ecclestone said.
On Grand Prix weekends, the teams agreed to have two one-hour free practice sessions 60 minutes apart Friday, and more free practice Saturday before the one-hour qualifying session.
The decision has to be confirmed by the sport’s ruling body at a meeting Oct. 19 at Paris, when next season’s schedule also will be announced.
KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) _ Toshimitsu Izawa fired a 1-under-par 70 Sunday to win the Japan Open Golf Championship by one stroke, his first victory in seven years as a pro.
Izawa finished with a 7-under 277 total over the 6,995-yard, par-71 Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East Course.
Kazuhiko Hosokawa had the day’s best score, 67, and finished second at 278.
Defending champion Masashi ``Jumbo″ Ozaki, a five-time winner of the Japan Open, shot a 70 and placed fourth at 283.
Americans Brandt Jobe and Todd Hamilton tied for eighth at 285.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) _ Former Olympic 5,000-meter champion and five-time world cross country champion John Ngugi of Kenya finished 26th in the Great Caledonian Run Sunday in his comeback race after a 2 1/2-year drug-related ban.
After several threats to pull out of the 10,000-meter race because he felt he wasn’t in good condition, Ngugi finished far behind winner Gary Staines of Britain, who clocked a course record 28 minutes, 48 seconds.
Ngugi’s time of 32:11 was only 16 seconds faster than the winner of the women’s race, Britain’s Liz McColgan.
``I need another four weeks before I will be running properly,″ said Ngugi, who was suspended in February 1993 for refusing to take a doping test. The ban was lifted by the IAAF in May because of ``exceptional circumstances.″
MANCHESTER, England (AP) _ Eric Cantona scored the tying goal on a penalty kick in his return to soccer after an eight-month ban Sunday as Manchester United played a 2-2 tie with Liverpool.
The Frenchman, banned after attacking a spectator at a game in February, scored in the 70th minute after Robbie Fowler had scored twice, giving Liverpool a 2-1 lead.
Cantona also set up his team’s first goal, by Nicky Butt, after only 70 seconds.
Meanwhile, Les Ferdinand’s 100th career goal spurred Newcastle to a 3-1 victory at Everton as Newcastle moved four points ahead in the English Premier League standings.
Cantona was given an ovation from the 30,000 Old Trafford fans when he took the field.
MONTBELIARD, France (AP) _ Moses Tanui led a Kenyan sweep of the top three places in the World Half-Marathon Championship Sunday.
Tanui was timed in 1 hour, 1 minute, 45 seconds, for the 13 1/2-mile event. Tanui has the world best performance over the distance, 59:47, in 1993.
Tanui won by a second over Paul Yego. Charles Tangus was third, another five seconds back, as Kenya won the men’s team title.
Russian Valentina Yegorova won the women’s race at 1:09:58.
Romania, with second- and third-place finishers Critina Pomacu and Anuta Catuna, took the women’s team title.
NICE, France (AP) _ Britain’s Simon Lessing won the World Long Distance Triathlon Championship Sunday in 5 hours, 46 minutes, 17 seconds.
In the competition that consists of swimming, cycling and running, Lessing beat runner-up Luc Van Lierde of Belgium by more than two minutes.