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July 21, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ Seibu Lions slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara doubled home three runs in a four-run sixth inning against Balvino Galvez of the Yomiuri Giants, leading the Pacific League to a 7-3 victory over the Central League Sunday in the second game of the three-game all-star series.

The Pacific League won the first game 7-4 at Fukuoka Dome on Saturday.

Pitcher Hideki Irabu, who expressed an interest last month in pitching in the Major Leagues, struck out eight of the nine batters he faced in the first three innings.

The Central League, however, scored three runs in the fifth inning on six consecutive hits against Nobuyuki Hoshino of the Orix BlueWave.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Pacific League made it 3-2 when So Taguchi of the BlueWave singled home two runs.

In the sixth inning, Kiyohara hit a two-run bases-loaded double. He scored the Pacific League’s sixth run on a single by former Minnesota Twin Bernardo Brito of the front-running Nippon Ham Fighters.

The Pacific League added a seventh run in the seventh on an RBI triple by Akihito Muramatsu of the Daiei Hawks.

The third game will be played at Toyama, western central Japan, on Tuesday.


Takanohana Wins His 14th Tournament at 13-2

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) _ Takanohana flipped fellow yokozuna (grand champion) Akebono on his back Sunday to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a 13-2 record.

It was 23-year-old Takanohana’s 14th victory career and his third straight.

Before 9,000 spectators at the Aichi Prefectural (state) Gymnasium, Takanohana grabbed Akebono’s belt quickly, drove him to the ring’s edge and tipped him over backward.

Akebono, also known as Chad Rowan, appeared to be favoring his left shoulder, and failed to use either arm effectively. He finished at 12-3.

``I think the victory was the result of my hard training,″ said a subdued Takanohana, who received a prize of $92,600.

Ozeki (champion) Takanonami, who shared the lead with Takanohana and Akebono Saturday, suffered his third defeat at the hands of sekiwake (junior champion) Kaio earlier Sunday.


Doohan Heads For Third Title After Wininng 32nd Grand Prix

CASTLE DONINGTON, England (AP) _ World champion Michael Doohan celebrated his 100th 500cc Grand Prix race with a victory in the British Grand Prix at Donington Park race circuit on Sunday.

It was the 32nd GP victory for the Australian, who surpassed American Eddie Lawson’s record of 31.

With nine races completed and six remaining, 31-year-old Doohan now has a 62-point lead over his Honda teammate Alex Criville of Spain as he heads for a third consecutive world championship.

``All in all it worked well today,″ Doohan said. ``I was a little bit skeptical at first when I got boxed in on the first turn, and I didn’t know whether I could get back through. But Criville pushed me hard all the way, and it was a good hard race.″

Japan’s Norifumi Abe finished third on a Yamaha ahead of countryman Tadayaki Okada on a Honda and American Scott Russell on a Suzuki.

In the 250cc class, reigning world champion Max Biaggi of Italy led from start to finish on his Aprilia to extend his championship lead over Germany’s Ralph Waldman to 53 points.

In the 125cc class Italian Stefano Perugini won his third race of the championship on an Aprilia. Japanese riders Mosaki Tokodome (Aprilia) and Tomani Manako (Honda) finished second and third.


NEW YORK (AP) _ The Westchester Track club won both the men’s and women’s individual and team titles Sunday at the New York Road Runners Club championships in Central Park.

Alem Kahsay led a field of 813 runners in the men’s 5-mile race, winning in 24 minutes, 31 seconds. Marisa Suttera was the women’s winner in 28:10.