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April 11, 1994

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) _ John Elliott parred the second playoff hole Sunday to win the $175,000 Nike Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic over Chris Perry, whose only final-round bogey came on the tournament-deciding hole.

Elliott of Orlando, Fla., who began the fourth round three strokes off the pace, won $31,500 for his first Nike Tour victory. Elliott and Perry, who won $19,863, each had four-round totals of 12-under-par 276 after 69s Sunday.

Third-round leader Skip Kendall opened with a triple-bogey 7 on the first hole at the par 72, 6,670-yard Windance Golf & Country Club. Kendall, who had consecutive rounds of 5-under-par 67, finished at 73 Sunday.

Kendall and Rick Pearson, who shot 5-under-par 67, both had four-day totals of 11-under 277 and won $12,688. A group of four players, including first- and second-round co-leader Bob Wolcott, finished three strokes back at 9-under 279.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ohio State agreed to play in the Pigskin Classic against Fresno State on Aug. 29 in the second game of the 1994 college football season.

Ohio State (10-1-1) tied Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship, but the Badgers won the conference tiebreaker and played in the Rose Bowl, beating UCLA.

Fresno State (8-4) shared the Western Athletic Conference title for the second consecutive season.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Clint Muser and Jim Johnson of Walsh Jesuit in Stow, Ohio, became the first teammates to win national titles in the same year Sunday in the National High School Wrestling Championships.

Musser, a three-time Ohio champion, took an 11-3 major decision at 140 pounds over Mark Samples, a West Virginia champion at Charleston’s George Washington High.

Johnson, a two-time Ohio champion, was a 17-3 winner over Alfred Frausto, Huntington Beach, Calif., at 135.

Musser and Johnson were two of five Ohio champions. The others were Samuel Neider, 171; Anthony Gary, 103; and Jeremy Tate, heavyweight.

Musser and Chris Arcuri, a national prep school champion from Pennsylvania’s Haverford School, were voted co-winners of the outstanding wrestler award.

Arcuri defeated Dane Valdez from Calvary Chapel High in Costa Mesa, Calif., 7-5 in overtime at 119 pounds.


TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Nigeria won its second African Nations Cup title, rallying Sunday to beat Zambia 2-1.

The Super Eagles previously won in 1980, and had three runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes. Emmanual Amunike scored both goals for Nigeria, one of Africa’s three teams in this summer’s World Cup.

Elija Litana put Zambia ahead in the third minute, but Amunike tied the score two minutes later and got his second goal two minutes into the second half.

Last April, 18 Zambian players died in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon en route to the team’s first game in the final round of World Cup qualifying in the African region. But Zambia rebounded and nearly made the World Cup, losing to Morocco 1-0 on the final day of African qualifying.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas, which last week won the NCAA basketball championship, will have a Sports Illustrated special edition done in its honor.

The 100-page limited edition hits the stands Monday. Only 286,000 copies of what the magazine is calling its Arkansas commemorative edition will be available at a cost of $4.95 an issue.

The issue will not be available to subscribers and will be sold only in Arkansas and Memphis, Tenn.

Last Monday, Arkansas beat Duke 76-72 for the NCAA title.

SI has done several commemorative issues, including the Dallas Cowboys, the Auburn football team and North Carolina basketball team.


WASHINGTON (AP) - William Sigei of Kenya broke the world best for a 10-mile road race Sunday, winning the Northern Telecom Cherry Blossom event for the second straight year, in 46 minutes, 1 second.

The previous best of 46:13, set by Greg Meyer, had stood since 1983.

Thomas Osano and his nephew, Josphat Machuka, 18, were second and third at 46:05 and 46:07, respectively.

Kenyans also took the first two places in the women’s race. Helen Chepngeno won at 54:05, one second ahead of Jane Omoro.

Russia’s Olga Markova, training for the April 18 Boston Marathon, was third at 54:55.

The winners received $5,000 each.

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