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December 9, 1988

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion who has been sidelined with knee and ankle injuries, said Friday he was fit and ready to return to the tennis tour.

Cash will launch his comeback in a low-key round-robin event in Melbourne Monday.

The Australian, whose ranking has slipped from the top 10 to No. 20, has not played in a tournament since August.

″I’ve been working hard and practicing with anyone who’s around,″ Cash said. ″There are no problems with the knee and I am looking forward to getting back to playing.″

The round-robin event features mainly Australian players and will be played on grass at the Kooyong tennis complex$


AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Australian Ian Stanley carded a 1-under-par 69 Friday and took a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the $150,000 Air New Zealand-Shell Open golf tournament.

Stanley was at 5-under 135 after 36 holes.

Countryman Peter Fowler, who also shot a second-round 69, was second at 136. Another Australian, Ossie Moore, was third at 137 after a 69 Friday.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin was the leading American. He was tied for fourth place, three strokes back at 138, after a 70.

Tied with Irwin was Australian Terry Gale, who had a second-round 69.

Irwin was not happy with his round.

″I will be trying to get my mind working,″ he said. ″I hit shots when I can’t remember even swinging the club and that’s not me.

″Some of the shots I played were just disgusting.″

Americans Jeff Sluman, the PGA titleholder, and Mike Colandro, the defending champion, missed the cut for the third round. Sluman shot a 71 for 149 and Colandro had a 75, also for 149, two strokes above the cutoff point of 147.

California-based James Varnam, the first-round leader at 65, had a 78 Friday for 143.


PARIS (AP) - The U.S. Grand Prix is on the 1989 calendar for Formula One auto racing, but its location is undecided, the International Federation of Sport Automobiles (FISA) said Friday.

The World Council approved the 1989 list of 16 events with the U.S. Grand Prix set for June 4 at a site to be determined.

In October, FISA refused the application of Detroit, which held the race this year. FISA said the Detroit circuit needed safety improvements.

FISA officials said three sites were being considered for the U.S. race next year, but declined to identify them. However, sources within the association, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Laguna Seco, Calif., was a leading contender, with Road Atlanta another possibility.

The 1989 Formula One Grand Prix season begins in Brazil on March 26 and ends in Australia on Nov. 5.

Ayrton Senna of Brazil won this year’s drivers’ world championship and McLaren-Honda took the constructors title.

FISA also announced a fine of $250,000 against the Formula One Benetton team for violation of fuel regulations in the 1988 Belgian Grand Prix. It disqualified both Benetton cars and withdrew the points it scored during the event.

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