TOKYO (AP) _ Glenn Braggs hit a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning as the Central League’s front-running Yokohama Baystars beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5-3 at Hiroshima Thursday.
Tuffy Rhodes hit his second homer of the season as the Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Seibu Lions 6-1.
IAAF Announces Six-Year, $163 Million Deal With EBU
MONTE CARLO (AP) _ The IAAF, the governing body of track and field, Thursday announced a six-year, $163 million deal with the European Broadcasting Union to take the place of a four-year agreement that expired last year. The old agreement was worth $91 million.
Under the agreement, the EBU as rights to all of the IAAF’s main events, including the world indoor and outdoor championships in 1997, 1999 and 2001, the 1998 World Cup, indoor and outdoor Grand Prix finals, and the World Cross Country championships.
``The new contract gives us more stability, more opportunities to get sponsors because they know we have a long-term contract with the EBU,″ said Giorgio Reineri, an IAAF spokesman.
``It also follows a trend of having longer contracts, which we’ve seen in the Olympics.″
Let Calls Could be Eliminated from Davis Cup
LONDON (AP) _ The let serve could be on its way out.
The International Tennis Federation will recommend to its annual general meeting June 10 that the let be eliminated on a trial basis from some Davis Cup Zonal games starting next season.
``It is felt that this would be desirable for both players and spectactors,″ Davis Cup director Thomas Hallberg said Thursday. ``If the trial is successful, the ITF will then consult with other interested parties in the game.″
The ITF’s argument is that virtually all calls of let give no advantage to either player and simply tend to halt the game for no reason.
Swedish Tennis Association Fined For Davis Cup Remarks
LONDON (AP) _ The ITF’s Davis Cup committee fined the Swedish Tennis Association $5,000 for statements made about India in this month’s World Group quarterfinal in Calcutta.
Indian tennis officials objected when Swedish officials were quoted as saying it was a ``hate match.″
Swedish captain Carl-Axel Hageskog, whose team swept the series 5-0, said he later apologized and explained the comments were made after his players had problems with the stifling heat.
``I felt sorry for the guys who were collapsing in the heat,″ Hageskog said.
``I am sorry I offended the ITF and the Indian Federation. That was not my intent.″
Japan’s Higa Takes One-Stroke First Round Lead
INA, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Tsutomu Higa shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday and took a one-stroke lead in the $926,000 Kirin Open, the windup of the 13-tournament Asian tour.
One stroke behind Higa was Kiyoshi Murota.
American David Sutherland shot a 68 and shared third place with nine others including Daniel Chopra of Sweden, defending champion Peter Senior of Australia, Rick Gibson of Canada and Carlos Larrain of Venezuela.
Four AHL Players Suspended
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Roman Ndur of Rochester was suspended for five games Thursday by the American Hockey League, which will keep the defenseman out of the Americans’ first two playoff games.
Ndur was penalized for an altercation with Syracuse right winger John Badduke in a game last Friday. Badduke was suspended for three games.
Brian Loney of Syracuse and Jason Simon of the Springfield was each assessed two games for incidents in separate games last Saturday.
Badduke and Loney will miss the first two games of Syracuse’s quarterfinal series against Binghamton.
Voters Tell Pollster The Yankees Should Stay in Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) _ Voters don’t like the idea of moving the Yankees to Manhattan or New Jersey, a pollster said Thursday.
A Quinnipiac College Poll of 741 registered New York City voters showed that 70 percent of them want the Bronx Bombers to stay at Yankee Stadium.
Fourteen percent said they would like to see them move and the rest were undecided.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has expressed misgivings about staying in the South Bronx when the team’s lease on the city-owned stadium is up in 2002.
Steinbrenner, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki are studying the possibilities of building a new stadium on Manhattan’s westside.