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August 9, 1997

TOTTORI, Japan (AP) _ Aiko Takasu shot an even-par 72 Saturday and barely held her lead against hard-charging Kaori Higo with one round left in the $506,000 Mizuno Ladies golf tournament.

Takasu birdied three holes and bogeyed three, giving her a 3-under 141 for two rounds.

Higo birdied four of the last six holes and shot the day’s best score, a 3-under 69, moving her into a second-place tie at 142 with Yoko Inoue and Junko Yasui. Inoue shot a 70 and Yasui a 71 on the Asahi Kokusai Golf Club’s 6,309-yard, par-72 course.


TANO, Japan (AP) _ Masashi Shimada shot a 6-under-par 66 Saturday and took a 3-stroke lead with one round left in the $840,000 Sanko Grand Summer golf tournament.

Shimada sank six birdies, improving to 15-under for three rounds at 201.

South Korea’s Kim Jong-duk also shot a 66 and moved into a second-place tie with Taichi Teshima at 204. Teshima shot a 68 Saturday on the 7,066-yard, par-72 Sanko Country Club course.

Shuichi Kuwabara shot the day’s best round, a 64, and moved into fourth place at 205.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Puerto Rico rallied from a 15-point deficit and Australia used a 3-pointer at the buzzer to advance to the championship game of the world under 22 basketball tournament.

Former UMass guard Carmelo Travieso scored 20 points, hitting six of his 11 3-point attempts, as Puerto Rico topped Yugoslavia 75-70.

Australian guard Aaron Trahair let fly with a 3-point attempt with less than a second remaining and it floated in as the buzzer sounded for a 71-68 win over Argentina.

The United States, beaten by Australia on Friday, struggled to a 71-66 win over Lithuania.


CORK, Ireland (AP) _ Ireland’s triple Olympic gold medalist Michelle Smith set the European short-course record in the 200-meter butterfly Saturday but failed in her attempt at the world mark.

Smith, who tried last month to break the world mark, clocked 2 minutes 7.04 seconds, eclipsing the old mark of 2:07.18. The world mark is 2:05.65 by American Mary T Meagher in 1981.

The controversial Irish swimmer, who swam for the record all alone in the 25-meter pool _ part of a local promotion _ said she would swim in the European swimming championship, which open Wednesday in Seville, Spain.

She is the defending champion in the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.


SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) _ Italian Davide Rebellin won the XXVII San Sebastian International Classic Saturday, finishing the 142-mile race in 5 hours, 47 minute and 22 seconds.

Rolf Sorensen, of Denmark, finished in fifth place with the same time, pushing him to the head of the World Cup.

Russia’s Alexandre Gontchenkov and Stefano Colage of Italy placed second and third with the same time.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Italian rider Fabrizio Guidi claims he was pushed when he fell and injured his shoulder during the finish of the fourth leg of the Tour of Denmark cycling race on Saturday.

Australian Robbie McEwen won the stage, from Kalundborg to Odense, after Guidi fell as he tried to pass McEwen on the right hand side. McEwen said that he did nothing and that Guidi caused the accident by trying to pass along a narrow stretch on the wrong side.

Guidi was taken to hospital, where he was treated for a shoulder injury.

McEwen could be disqualified if the probe that was launched immediately suggests that he pushed Guidi.

The 532-mile race, with 96 participants, started on Wednesday and ends on Sunday in Copenhagen.


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Three opposition parties took a swipe Saturday at the ruling African National Congress, claiming they have been excluded from participating in Cape Town’s bid for the 2004 Olympics.

The National Party, the Freedom Front and the Democratic Party reaffirmed their support for the bid, which will be decided Sept. 5 in a vote by the International Olympic Committee.

But they issued a joint statement accusing the ANC of missing out an opportunity to show the world a united front.

Although the parties accused the ANC of questional political objectives, they also sounded ready to make a little political capital of their own, saying they would hold the ANC responsible if the bid fails.

The other candidates are Athens, Stockholm, Rome and Buenos Aires.

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