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August 10, 1994

TOKYO (AP) _ Lee Stevens hit a three-run homer as the Kintetsu Buffaloes rallied to beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 3-1 Wednesday, extending their winning streak to 13 games, the longest in the team’s 44-year history.

Stevens, who once played for the California Angels, now has 12 home runs.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - There will be no smoking at the National Gymnastics Championships later this month. The Municipal Auditorium Commission voted unanimously to ban smoking at the request of the promoters of the Aug. 24-27 event.

Smokers will be able to light up outside the building, according to Bob Skoney, the auditorium manager.

About 7,000 spectators are expected each weekend night of the competition.

The Nashville Knights hockey team also has requested a non-smoking policy. The commission is considering a permanent ban on smoking at the auditorium.

--- ANCONA, Italy (AP) - Ten Glasgow Rangers fans received a six-month suspended sentence and fined $250 Wednesday in a plea bargain after their arrest for shoplifting and resisting police, officials said.

The Scots, aged 20 to 36, were arrested Monday on charges of stealing goods worth $1,500 from a sports store.

The fans were on route to Athens to watch a soccer match, stopping in this coastal city for several hours waiting for their ferry to Greece.

″They appeared slightly intoxicated when a police squad found them and arrested them,″ said Giovanni Grimani, an official of the Ancona police.

He said items taken included a shirt, four pairs of sneakers and a jacket.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Denmark’s European Champion soccer team has threatened to go on strike for higher pay.

After several months of negotiation on a new salary deal for 1994-1996, talks between the players and the soccer association collapsed this week over bonus payments, said soccer association spokesman Steen Dahrup.

The Copenhagen daily Berlingske Tidende reported that the association turned down players’ demand for an additional payment in the form of a share in team sponsorships.

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