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March 14, 1988

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) _ Norway blanked Romania 8-0 Monday and Switzerland edged France 6-5, leaving the two winners in a tie for the lead in the eight-nation World Junior Ice Hockey Group B Championships.

Per Kristian Knold and Oystein Olsen scored two goals each for Norway.

Switzerland tied the game 5-5 on Harry Rogenmoser’s goal at 7:55 of the final period and about two minutes later, Kevin Schlaepper netted the winning goal.

After the third day of the tournament for players under 20 years of age, Romania, France and Yugoslavia have 1-1 records.

The Netherlands and Austria each have one tie and one defeat, and Japan is 0-2.

The winner of the nine-day tournament will move up to Group A next year, while Group A’s last place team will fall to Group B.

Group A now consists of the United States, Finland, Czechslovakia, Sweden, Poland, Swizerland, Canada and the Soviet Union.

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TOKYO (AP) - Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, will lead a field of 56 men in the $752,500 Japan Open Tennis Championships in April.

Lendl decided to withdraw from the World Championship Tennis finals starting March 28 in Dallas because of a stress fracture in his right foot, but has told Japanese organizers that he probably will be able to compete in the Japan Open.

Other leading entries are defending champion Stefan Edberg of Sweden, ranked third in the world, Tim Mayotte, ranked ninth, and American Brad Gilbert, ranked 10th.

The winner of the men’s singles will pocket $122,250 and the runner-up $61,125.

Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union, ranked 15th in the world, heads a field of 32 women competing for a top prize of $17,000.

Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria won the women’s singles title in 1987 but will not compete this year.

The tournament is scheduled April 11-17 on the hard courts of Tokyo City Ariake Tennis Park.

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TOKYO (AP) - Chiaki Ishioka of Japan edged Mats Ericson of Sweden by four- hundredths of a second Monday in the men’s slalom and Japan’s Chiaki Ozeki won the women’s slalom at the Phenix Cup ski races.

The 26-year-old Ishioka, fastest in the first run down the course with a 51.50 time, clocked 52.37 on the second run, the sixth best time, for a total time of 1 minute, 43.87 seconds.

Ericson finished at 1:43.91 after runs of 51.64 and 52.27.

The race was the fourth in the seven-race FIS Far East Cup Japan series.

Brad King of Canada, fastest in the second run with a 51.33 clocking, finished third with a total of 1:44.82.

American Jack Miller of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was fourth, followed by Jim Read of Canada.

In the women’s competition, Ozeki beat countrywoman Emi Kawabata by eight- hundredths of a second to win the title with an 1:30.51 aggregate time. It was her second victory in the series.

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LONDON (AP) - Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway defends her title Sunday when the women’s World 15-Kilometer Road Race Championships are held.

Kristiansen heads a strong field announced Monday by the International Amateur Athletic Federation for the race, slated for Adelaide, Australia.

Others competing include 1987 bronze medalist Maria Curatolo of Italy; women’s World Marathon Championship runner-up Zoia Ivanova of the Soviet Union and third-place finisher Jocelyne Villeton of France; Xiutang Wang of China; and 1984-86 15K champion Aurora Cuhna of Portugal.

The Portugese squad of Cuhna, Albertina Machado and Albertina Dias will be defending the team title.

Kristiansen set the world’s best time for 15 kilometers when she won the championship in 47 minutes, 17 seconds last November in Monte Carlo.

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