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September 1, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ Pinch-hitter Itsuki Asai tripled home a tie-breaking run in the five-run ninth inning as the Hiroshima Toyo Carp beat the Yokohama BayStars 8-3 Sunday and moved into the Central League’s first place.

The Carp now are .001 percentage points ahead of the Yomiuri Giants, who lost to the Chunichi Dragons 6-1 and fell to second place from first place.

At Yokohama, the Carp tied the game 3-3 on a three-run home run by Kojiro Machida in the seventh inning and scored five runs in the ninth on Asai’s triple and Kenjiro Nomura’s two-run home run.

Machida has six homers and Nomura 11 homers this season.

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ All four winners of golf’s majors this year will compete in the Million Dollar Challenge in November at Sun City.

Masters champion Nick Faldo of Britain, British Open Winner Tom Lehman, U.S. Open champion Steve Jones and U.S. PGA champion Mark Brooks will join eight others vying for the richest first prize in golf, $1 million, organizers said Sunday.

It is the first time in the 16-year history of the tournament that the four major winners will take part. For years, the tournament drew a few top names but also lesser-ranked players because of apartheid sanctions against South Africa, which ended in 1994.

Also lined up are Nick Price of Zimbabwe, Ernie Els of South Africa, defending champion Corey Pavin, Bernhard Langer of Germany, Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and Mark O’Meara. Two more players will be added to the field.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Topps Company Inc. is issuing a new kind of collectible trading card, the Cybrcard on CD Rom, featuring 28 NFL players.

At about $19.95 apiece, each card contains about 90 full-motion, full-sound clips of the highlights of the player’s career, as well as statistics and his playbook.

Among those featured are Brett Favre of Green Bay, Troy Aikman of Dallas, Steve Young of San Francisco, Jim Kelly of Buffalo, Dan Marino of Miami, John Elway of Denver, Barry Sanders of Detroit, Chris Warren of Seattle, Rodney Hampton of the New York Giants and Tim Brown of Oakland.

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LONDON (AP) _ Alan Thompson’s injury-time goal sent Bolton to the top of the division one standings Sunday after a 2-1 victory at Queens Park.

The battle between two teams relegated from the Premier League last season appeared headed for a tie when Thompson beat two players before firing home a low, 20-yarder.

Bolton went ahead in the 28th minute on a goal by Scottish international forward John McGinlay and appeared in control until Rangers’ Northern Ireland defender Alan McDonald headed in an equalizer with 11 minutes left on the clock.

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IMOLA, Italy (AP) _ Michael Doohan moved closer to clinching a third straight 500cc motorcycling world championship Sunday by winning the rain-shortened Imola Grand Prix.

A sudden storm hit Imola, hosting its first GP motorcycle race in eight years, during the 17th of 25 laps around the three-mile track. Doohan raised his hand to indicate the conditions merited that the event be called off, as the leader may do once two-thirds have been completed.

After a few seconds, judges called for waving of a red flag, ending the race after 17 laps.

Doohan, an Australian riding a Honda, was followed by Alex Creville of Spain and Tadayuki Okada of Japan, also on Hondas.

Doohan leads Creville by 57 points in the overall championship standings with three stops remaining on the curcuit.

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ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) _ One day after allowing goalkeeper Bodo Illgner to transfer to Real Madrid, FC Cologne got knocked out of the German Cup, losing 3-1 in the second round to second-division Zwickau Sunday.

Illgner, who quit the German national team after the 1994 World Cup, signed for Read Madrid minutes before the deadline for new transfers in the Spanish league expired.

Reserve goalkeeper Michael Kraft took over for Illgner in Cologne’s goal and his mistake played a key role in Zwickau’s decisive second goal, which came in extra time.

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KISHINEV, Moldova (AP) _ Two goals in a minute by Nicky Barmby and Paul Gascoigne helped England to a 3-0 victory over Moldova Sunday as Glenn Hoddle’s team made an impressive start to its World Cup campaign.

After Barmby and Gascoigne had given England the cushion of a half-time lead, team captain Alan Shearer added the security of a third in the second half.

The result puts England, which failed to qualify for the 1994 finals, immediately atop the standings before its Group 2 main rivals, Italy, Poland and Georgia, get into the action.

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