BOSTON (AP) _ Black high school athletes have unrealistically high expectations of becoming sports professionals, but they also know they need to achieve academically, according to a new study.
″While the dream is still alive that they can make it, they’re preparing for alternatives,″ said Richard Lapchick, director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, which commissioned the Lou Harris survey of 865 student athletes nationwide.
Black students also see participation in high school sports as bringing other benefits, from helping them stay in school and become better citizens to helping them avoid drug and alcohol use, the survey found.
Fully 51 percent of black student athletes surveyed believe they can beat the 10,000-to-1 odds and make it in pro sports, while only 18 percent of white students think they can qualify, the study found. ---
YASATO, Japan (AP) - Tsukasa Watanabe came from behind with a 1-under-par 70 to beat American Tom Kite and Taiwan’s T.C. Chen by one shot Sunday in the $1.58 million Daiwa International golf tournament.
Kite began the final round with a two-stroke lead, but did not putt well in a round of 73. Chen shot a 72, leaving them 9-under at 275.
The tournament was decided on final hole. Watanabe parred it with a 33-foot putt. Chen rolled in a 10-footer for a birdie. Kite missed a birdie putt from the fringe and settled for a par.
American Gary Hallberg shared fifth place at 277 after shooting a 68 at the 7,076-yard, par-71 Higashi Tsukuba Country Club. ---
FARMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - Horsemen refused to run horses in a nine-race program at the Finger Lakes Race Track on Sunday, forcing management to cancel the card for the third day in a row.
It was the fifth time in six days that the track has been shut. Track officials said they hoped to resume racing on Tuesday.
William Lisi, president of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Inc., said the reason behind the horsemen’s refusal to race was the same as Saturday’s - unsafe track conditions.
But track officials maintain while the track is sloppy, it is safe.
Lisi said at an 8:30 a.m. Sunday meeting, the horsemen decided not to race when they saw no improvements to the sloppy track. Lisi claims the track has lost its uniformity. ---
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australian Lucas Parsons shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday to win his first professional golf tournament, the $140,000 Victoria Open.
The 24-year-old won by three shots over countryman and Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes, who finished at 279 after a 73. Australian Wayne Riley was another stroke back after a 72.
Parsons, the 1991 Australian amateur champion, finished with a 12-under-par total of 276.
Hughes, the leader for the opening two rounds, was jolted by a penalty on the par-5, 15th - because he accidentally moved his ball - while trailing Parsons by a shot at the 6,604-yard Woodlands course. ---
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Ukrainian handball coach Igor Turcin, a mastermind of many triumphs by the former national team of the Soviet Union, died Sunday of a heart attack.
He died during a women’s match between Ukraine’s Spartak Kiev and Romania’s Rapid Bucharest. Turcin, 68, died 10 minutes before the end of the match, which was broadcast live on Romanian national television.
With Turcin as coach, the USSR handball national team won several world championships.