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March 3, 1986

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Lelio V. ″Babe″ Zucchini, a member of the 1936 Italian Olympic hockey team. Zucchini died over the weekend. He was 70.

In the 1936 Olympic Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, he scored the tying goal and assisted in the winning goal as the Italian hockey team defeated the United States 2-1. Great Britain won the gold medal, followed by Canada.

Zucchini, who lived here most of his life, retired in 1980 from Digital Co. Previously he had worked as a machinist for the former Gilbert and Barker Co. for 30 years.

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SAN REMO, Italy (AP) - Ubaldo Sacco of Argentina, who will defend his World Boxing Association junior welterweight title against Italy’s Patrizio Oliva in two weeks, has begun pre-fight training, Italian papers reported Monday.

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LONDON (AP) - Welshman Steve Jones, the former world record holder, has decided against defending his London marathon title April 20 in order to run in the prestigious Boston event the following day, a British press report said Monday.

According to the tabloid Daily Mail, Jones has accepted a $100,000 offer - believed to be the largest straight cash payment for a marathon runner - to run in the Boston Marathon.

The Mail said Jones is the first athlete to be paid appearance money to run in the Boston event.

A Boston-based insurance company has put up $10 million to support the race for the next 10 years and Jones always was its top target, said the Mail.

Unbeaten in his three marathons, Jones has run three of the world’s fastest times in the last two years.

The current world’s best time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 12 seconds was set in Rotterdam last year by Portugal’s Carlos Lopes.

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LIMEIL-BREVANNES, France (AP) - Frenchman Bruno Wojtinek sprinted to a winning finish in the first leg Monday of the 36th Paris-Nice cycling race. Ireland’s Sean Kelly, winner of the prologue, kept the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

A pack of cyclists sprinted to the finish of the 91-mile leg through the Paris region, all timing in at 4 hours, 5 minutes and 1 second. But Wojtinek, with bonus points, placed first, ahead of countryman Francis Castaing, second, and Belgian Franck Hoste, third.

There was little action on this first leg of the week-long race, run on a snow-covered course.

American Greg Lemond was eighth and countryman David Phinney ninth with the same time as the leaders.

Tuesday’s 139-mile second leg takes the riders over a series of small hills from Buxy to Saint-Etienne.

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