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August 5, 1996

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ The 59th annual All-American Soap Box Derby is expecting a record 276 participants, which would better by four the previous high for drivers of gravity cars.

The will be three finals races Saturday _ stock car, super stock and masters divisions. The race car drivers, ages 9 through 16, are competing for a total of $22,500 in college-scholarship money.

Race week festivities began with registration Monday and continue through an awards presentation Saturday night.

More than 3,000 visitors are expected in Akron for the derby.

Race week is expected to generate about $3 million for the Akron economy, according to Bob Troyer, public relations chairman for the event.


U.S. Team, Iroquois Win

TOKYO (AP) _ The defending champion United States beat Canada 24-3 (7-1, 3-1, 9-0, 5-1) and the Iroquois Nationals took Japan 15-9 (2-2, 2-4, 3-2, 8-1) Monday in the quadrennial Lacrosse World Championships for men under 19.

The United States leads the five-team round-robin tournament with a 2-0 record. Iroquois and Canada are 1-1, while Japan and Australia are 0-1.

Playing before 5,300 spectators at Edogawa Stadium on the outskirts of Tokyo, midfielder Kevin Lavey led the U.S. team with five goals.

Attackers Jon Hess and Drew McKnight and midfielders A.J. Haugen and Tucker Radebaugh scored three goals apiece for the U.S. team, winners of the first championship in Adelaide, Australia, in 1988 and the second championship in New York in 1992.


British Olympians as Good as Burundi

LONDON (AP) _ Britain’s goal for the 2000 Olympics? Beat Burundi.

Add to that list Syria, Ecuador, Finland, Armenia and more than a dozen other countries that won as many gold medals as Britain did at the Atlanta Olympic Games that ended Sunday.

A grand total of one.

No matter how you count the medals, this was Britain’s worst Olympics in decades. The lone gold medal matched a low reached 44 years ago in Helsinki. And the 15 overall was the lowest since Montreal 20 years ago.

As Britain bombed, many of its European neighbors _ large and small _ prospered. Germany won 20 gold, France had 15 and Italy 13. And that’s not to mention, Ukraine with nine gold, and Hungary and Poland with seven each.

The caustic British tabloid press had a field day Monday.

``A bunch of shepherds are better than Britain,″ read a Monday headline in the Daily Mirror, a reference to the former Soviet republic of Kazakstan, which won three gold.


Krumrie Pleads Guilty to DUI

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) _ Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Tim Krumrie will be without a driver’s license for the next six months.

Krumrie pleaded guilty to drunken driving, and in addition to the license suspension was fined $1,000.

Krumrie made the plea and was sentenced Friday, although his court appearance had been scheduled for Tuesday.

The State Highway Patrol arrested Krumrie at about 3:30 a.m. July 22 in Richland Township, not far from the Bengals’ preseason training camp at Wilmington College. The patrol charged Krumrie with drunken driving and driving left of center on the road.

Krumrie could not be reached for comment today.

Krumrie, 36, of Cincinnati, had pleaded innocent earlier in Clinton County Municipal Court.

Judge John Rudduck also sentenced Krumrie to 30 days in jail, which Krumrie can avoid serving if he successfully completes and alcohol diversion program, said a court spokeswoman.


WTA Tour Schedule Announced

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The WTA Tour announced its schedule Monday for an 11-month 1997 season comprised of 54 events in 23 countries on four continents.

The season begins Dec. 30, 1996 with the Australian Women’s Hardcourt Championships in Queensland. It runs through Nov. 17, 1997, ending with the WTA Tour Championships at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The Tour, sponsored by Corel, will offer prize money totaling $38 million, up $2 million from this year.


IBF Light Heavyweight Champion to Retire After Oct. 12 Fight

MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Henry Maske says he will retire from professional boxing after his fight Oct. 12, with American Virgil Hill.

The 32-year-old German world champion, who made the announcement Monday, has said his goal was to consolidate the title of two world boxing groups. Hill is the light heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization.

Maske originally won the IBF title on March 20, 1993 in Dusseldorf against then-defending champion ``Prince″ Charles Williams of the United States, and has since successfully defended it 10 times.

A three-time European champion and Olympic gold medal winner as an amateur in Seoul, Maske is undefeated in 30 professional fights with 12 knockouts.

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