YOSHIICHO, Japan (AP) _ Tateo ″Jet″ Ozaki of Japan shot a 4-under-par 68 today to take a one- stroke lead over Americans Todd Hamilton and David Ishii after the first round in the Taylor Made KSB Open.
Ishii, who won last week’s Dydo Drinco Shizuoka Open, finished his round on the 7,099-yard Sanyo course with an eagle on the 526-yard, par-5 18th hole.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Two weeks after the major leagues announced plans to speed up games, the minor leagues said they will take similar steps.
″Last year, the average Triple-A and Double-A games were two hours and 48 minutes,″ National Association president Mike Moore said Wednesday. ″The most alarming factor is that the time has been steadily increasing over the past 20 years.″
The minors will try to shorten the time of games the same way the majors will: pitchers, batters and catchers are being asked to hurry up between pitches, managers are being advised to make changes more swiftly and umpires are being asked to keep the game moving.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pete Janicki, the California Angels’ top draft choice last June, sustained minor injuries late Tuesday night when he lost control of a car he was driving, veered off the road and collided with a tree.
The former UCLA pitcher sustained facial cuts and a swollen left eye but was not hospitalized. Team doctors have ruled out the possibility of permanent damage to the eye.
Janicki was cited by police for excessive speed. According to an Angels spokesmen, Janicki was traveling at 35 mph in a 30 mph zone and tried to take a turn too fast.
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) - Colgate, which decided in early February to drop baseball after the 1993 season, has agreed to fund the program for an additional season.
″Although we still believe that the decision to discontinue baseball is a sound one, we want to be fair to the current players,″ athletic director Mark Murphy said Wednesday.
TORONTO (AP) - The fate of the Canadian Golf Tour’s Ontario Open is in question after Newmarket decided not to renew its option on the event.
Tour commissioner Bob Beauchemin said Wednesday that a title sponsor willing to invest $100,000 is needed to stage the tournament, revived last summer at Newmarket’s Glenway Country Club.
The 10-event tour begins June 3 with the Payless Open in Victoria, British Columbia.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - Colin Miller scored on a header off a corner kick in the 83rd minute to give Canada a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in an exhibition soccer game Wednesday.
ARE, Sweden (AP) - Patrice Bianchi of France fell and broke his left leg today during slalom practice for the World Cup finals.
Bianchi, 23, was expected to be flown to France for surgery.