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January 21, 1994

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Defending champion Peter Njiru of Nairobi slipped to a 3-over-par 75 Friday, but still held to the lead after the second round of the J and B Africa Classic.

Njiru, who opened the 72-hole tournament Thursday with a 65, was two shots ahead of Zimbabwe’s Ron Smith, who shot a second-round 74.

Tied for third at 146 were Bobby Verwey and Vincent Tshabalala of South Africa and Tim Price of Zimbabwe, a brother of Nick Price, one of last year’s top money winners on the American and European PGA tours.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Arie Luyendyk, the 1990 Indianapolis 500 winner, joined the Indy Regency Racing team for the 1994 PPG Indy Car World Series.

Luyendyk will begin testing his Lola T94 powered by the Ilmor Indy D V8 engine in early February to prepare for the series, Sal Incandela, team manager for Indy Regency Racing said Friday. The team plans to field two cars, and said its other driver could be Olivier Grouillard.

Luyendyk was the top qualifierf for the 1993 Indianapolis 500, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. He finished second in the race to Emerson Fittipaldi.

This will be the 10th IndyCar season for Luyendyk, a native of the Netherlands.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mirsada Buric, a member of Bosnia’s 1992 Olympic team, will make her U.S. track debut Feb. 19 when she runs the mile at the Sunkist Invitational meet at the Sports Arena.

Buric ran the 3,000 meters at the Barcelona Games, after having been shot in the streets of her native Sarajevo while training for the Olympics and then surviving 10 days in a concentration camp. She is married to American Eric Adam and now lives at Prescott, Ariz.

Also entered in the race are U.S. Olympians PattiSue Plumer and Suzy Hamilton.


TOKYO (AP) - Men’s top seed Joko Suprianto and women’s No. 1 Susi Susanti, both of Indonesia, easily won matches Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the Yonex Japan Open Badminton Championships.

Suprianto, 1993 world champion, beat China’s Hu Zhilan 15-6, 15-7 in the men’s quarterfinals after scoring a 15-12, 15-2 victory over Peter Espersen of Denmark in the third round.

Susanti, the world’s top-ranked woman’s player and 1992 Barcelona Olympic gold medalist, trounced Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden 11-5, 11-4.

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