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May 5, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Carl Lewis, the three-time Olympic long jump gold medalist who has not competed in the event since 1992, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record- holder in the heptathlon, have entered the Reebok New York Games May 22 at Columbia.

Lewis, who has surpassed 28 feet 67 times and 29 feet three times, did not long jump last year because of a back injury. He won the Olympic long jump for the third straight time at Barcelona in 1992. Now, he will try to regin the long jump title he won at the New York Games in 1992.

Joyner-Kersee, also the American indoor and outdoor record-holder in the long jump and the U.S. indoor record-holder in the 55-meter hurdles, will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump. She won Olympic gold medals in 1988 in the heptathlon and long jump and in 1992 in the heptathlon.


SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) - Dennis Mitchell beat Namibia’s Frank Fredericks in the men’s 100 meters Thursday at the Shizuoka International Track and Field Meet, his second victory in seven days in Japan.

Mitchell won in 10.33 seconds. Fredericks, the 1993 world champion at 200 meters, was second in 10.54 and American Kevin Braunskill third in 10.59.

Mitchell won the event in 10.16 seconds at the Oda Memorial Meet last Friday.

In the women’s 200 meters, China’s Chen Zhaojing won in 23.45. American Natasha Kaiser-Brown was second in 24.34.

American LaVonna Martin-Floreal finished third in 24.54.


LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Irish jockey Declan Murphy was taken off the critical list Thursday three days after being kicked by a horse following a racing spill at Haydock Park.

Doctors at the Walton Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery said the 27- year-old jockey had shown signs of movement in hands and feet and responded correctly when asked his date of birth.

″Declan has had quite a comfortable night,″ a hospital spokeswoman said. ″Although he remains seriously ill he is steadily improving″.

Murphy’s skull was fractured when he was kicked. Doctors removed a blood clot from the jockey’s brain Monday night.


BEIJING (AP) - Kim Gwang-bok of South Korea matched the world record as he won the men’s individual 60-shot air rifle event Thursday at the World Cup Shooting Tournament.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported thatKim collected 596 points in a qualifying round, equalling the record set by Rajmond Debevec of Slovenia in 1990.

In the women’s 40-shot air rifle, Valerae Bellenoue of France scored 496.7 points and beat Olympic champion Yeo Gar-soon of South Korea, who shot 496, Xinhua said.1 points behind.

Individual winners at the tournament, organized by the International Shooting Union, qualify for the 1996 Olympics.


ROME (AP) - Michael Stich has entered the Italian Open as a wild-card entry, giving the tournament 18 of the 20 top men players, organizers announced Thursday.

The field in the $2 million men’s edition, which opens Monday, is led by No. 1 ranked Pete Sampras. He will be playing his first tournament this year on clay.

Missing among the top 20 are No. 3 Stefan Edberg and No. 9 Todd Martin.


TOKYO (AP) - Glenn Braggs hit his ninth home run of the season on Thursday, tops in the Central League, but in a losing cause. The Yomiuri Giants edged Bragg’s Yokohama Baystars 3-2 at Tokyo Dome.

At Nagoya, the Yakult Swallows rapped out 14 hits including two home runs by Takahiro Ikeyama and downed the Chunichi Dragons 9-7. Ikeyama has six homers this season.

Matt Winters doubled home two runs and hit a home run as the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions 9-2. Winters has five homers this season.


TOKYO (AP) - Pitcher Jimmy Jones of the Yomiuri Giants will be out at least one month with a broken left ankle suffered in Wednesday night’s game against the Yokohama Baystars.

The 30-year-old Jones beat out an infield hit, but tripped over first base while avoiding a collision with the first baseman.

Jones joined the Giants from the Montreal Expos this season.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two-time world champion Shannon Miller heads a list of gymnasts picked on Thursday to compete for the United States in the Goodwill Games this summer in St. Petersburg, Russia. Also on the list were Jennie Thompson, Marianna Webster and Soni Meduna. Mina Kim was selected as the alternate.

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