TOKYO (AP) _ Alonzo Powell hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and Takeshi Yamasaki hit a grand slam in the fifth as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Central League’s front-running Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6-4 at Nagoya Sunday.
Powell, formerly with the Seattle Mariners, has 14 homers. Yamasaki has 36 and shares the league lead with Hideki Matsui of the Yomiuri Giants.
The Carp ended their winning streak at six but still have a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Giants, who lost to the Yakult Swallows 4-0 at Tokyo Dome.
INABE, Japan (AP) _ Suzuko Maeda birdied the final two holes for a 6-under-par 66 Sunday as she overcame a six-shot deficit and won the Yukijirushi Ladies Tokai Classic by one stroke.
While Maeda sank seven birdies against one bogey, overnight leader Ayako Okamoto, seeking her 61st career victory, slumped to a 76 and finished tied for sixth at 214, four strokes behind Maeda’s 6-under 210.
It was the 29-year-old Maeda’s second title this season and fourth overall. She collected $98,000 from a purse of $545,000.
Aiko Hashimoto, who heads this season’s money earnings list with three tournament victories, fired a 70 and finished second at 211.
Long-hitting Akiko Fukushima shot a 71-212.
Another stroke back at 213 came Aki Nakano, who shot a 69, and Kaori Harada, who carded 71.
PERTH, Australia (AP) _ Heavy overnight rain and persistent drizzle failed to dampen Mitsubishi driver Tommi Makinen’s charge toward victory in Rally Australia on Sunday.
The seventh leg of the world championship was thrown into disarray when two stages had to be canceled and another two shortened because of dangerously high water levels.
Course marshalls were also forced to work into the early hours of the morning to clear fallen trees from several stages.
Despite the interruptions, Makinen, driving a Mitsubishi, was able to increase his overnight lead of 37 seconds.
The Finnish superstar recorded the fastest time on 10 of 17 stages held to boast a commanding lead with an overall time of 3 hours, 6 minutes.
Defending Rally Australian champion, Sweden’s Kenneth Eriksson (Subaru) was second with a time of 3:07:22, 31 seconds ahead of Spain’s Carlos Sainz (Ford) in third place.
TALENCE, France (AP) - Eduard Hamalainen of Belarus won the decathlon in an international multi-event meet that ended Sunday. Lithuanian Remogia Nazaroviene captured the women’s heptathlon.
Hamalainen, fifth at the Olympics in Atlanta, won the contest with 8,478 points over the two days. He scored 8,613 in Atlanta.
Czechs were second and third. Tomas Dvorak, Olympic bronze medalist, had 8,456 points. Robert Zmelik, the 1992 Olympic champion, had 8,425.
During the meet, Jean Galfione of France, the Olympic pole vault champion, set a world decathlon best of 18-feet, 10 1/4 inches in the pole vault. The previous decathlon record was by Tim Bright of the United State, 18-8 1/4.
Galfione, not a decathlon specialist, finished with 7,206 points.
Olympic decathlon champion Dan O’Brian of the United States did not participate. He set the world record of 8,891 points in this meet in 1992 when he failed to make the Olympic team that year.
Nazaroviene scored 6,451 to win her event. Eunice Barber of Sierra Leone, with 6,417, was second with American Kym Carter, 6,337, third.
LONDON (AP) _ Liverpool moved into lone possession of first place in the English Premier League with a 3-0 win Sunday at Leicester.
The victory gave Liverpool 14 points, two ahead Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle and Chelsea. Sheffield Wednesday can regain sole possession with a victory in its match Monday against Arsenal.
In Sunday’s other Premier League match, Aston Villa played a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, where a win for the home side would have moved it on top with Liverpool.
At Leicester, the home side was even after the first half but fell on second-half Liverpool goals by Patrick Berger, Michael Thomas and Patrick Berger.