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June 18, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ Kip Gross pitched a four-hitter as the Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Daiei Hawks 3-2 at Tokyo Dome Tuesday.

Gross (7-5) last pitched in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The other five games scheduled were rained out.

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Maas, Worthington Sign with Hanshin

TOKYO (AP) _ Former major leaguers Kevin Maas and Craig Worthington signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League.

The two will arrive next week to join the Tigers, who are last in the six-team league, team spokesman Eiichi Takano said Tuesday.

Takano declined to discuss details, but the newspaper Sankei Sports reported that under terms of the half-season contracts, Maas will receive about $324,000 this season and Worthington about $370,000.

Maas was playing for the Triple-A New Orleans team this season and Worthington for the Texas Rangers.

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Finnish Shot Putter Suspended for Four Years

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Petri Torniainen, one of Finland’s top shot-putters, has been suspended for four years for using a banned substance, the Finnish Track Federation said Tuesday.

Torniainen tested positive for anabolic steroids, ephedrine and norephedrine.

Torniainen, 31, admitted using steroids. He told that the ephedrine traces stemmed from medicine bought for a persistent cough.

``I take the full blame on myself,″ Torniainen said, adding that he was sorry for any harm he caused to track’s image.

Torniainen’s best was 63 1/2 feet, set last year.

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BCI Leaving Metro Phoenix At Least for Year

PHOENIX (AP) _ The Basketball Congress International tournament that has showcased high school talent here for 27 years will move to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs next month.

BCI officials said the move was necessary because Arizona State’s court will be undergoing resurfacing this summer and because of increasing costs in renting gyms, especially in Scottsdale.

The tournament will be played July 25-31.

Justin Peterson, BCI public relations director, said returning to the Phoenix area hasn’t been ruled out, but that the college coaches like Colorado and ``the Air Force Academy wants us very bad.″

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Mystery White Substance in Scare Was Flour

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Tiny piles of white powder that triggered a scare when they turned up on San Gabriel Valley streets last month turned out to be ordinary baking flour marking a trail for a cross-country run.

Discovery of 64 piles of powder along a 2.2-mile stretch from San Marino to Pasadena on May 21 prompted a six-hour cleanup by a hazardous materials team and warnings to pet owners of a possible attempt to poison animals.

``It was biodegradable,‴ said Rick Muller, a member of the Hash House Harriers club, which stages runs throughout Southern California.

Putting flour on the streets apparently broke no laws.

``But the runners should have notified the city about what they were doing,″ said Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Nestor.

A lot of runners failed to spot all the flour markers.

``Many runners didn’t find as many markers as the Humane Society did,″ Muller said.

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