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October 27, 1991

TOKYO (AP) _ The final game in the best-of-7 Japan Series between the Seibu Lions and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp was postponed because of rain Sunday.

The Lions, Pacific League champions, and the Carp, who won the Central League pennant, are tied 3-3 in Japan’s version of the World Series.

Game 7 was rescheduled for Monday at Seibu Stadium.


CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Isao Aoki, who took the second-round lead with a sizzling 63, won the $923,000 Bridgestone Open golf tournament when the final round was canceled because of rain Sunday.

Aoki completed two trips over the 7,110-yard, par-72 Sodegaura Country Club course at 134, 10-under-par.

Heavy rain also canceled the second round Friday, shortening the 72-hole event to a 36-hole tourney.

It was Aoki’s first vitory of the season and the 58th of his career.


HIDAKA, Japan (AP) - Hiromi Kobayashi shot a 4-under-par 32 for nine holes Sunday in the rain-shortened final round of the Itsuki Classic Women’s Pro Golf Tournament and won the event by four strokes.

Kobayashi finished with a 4-under-par 104 for 27 holes. The tournament was scheduled for 54 holes, but rain also washed out Friday’s round.

The top prize also was reduced, from $55,000 to $42,000.

Kobayashi’s victory was her first in Japan since November 1989.

Junko Yasui, Fusako Nagata and Mutsuko Maekawa tied for second at 108. Yasui and Nagata shot 37s and Maekawa a 38 Sunday on the 6,130-yard, par-72 Edelweiss Golf Club course.

American Kay Cockerill finished at 116.


LONDON (AP) - Steve Harrison, sacked by second division Millwall last week for a prank that upset his bosses, resigned his coaching position with England’s national soccer team, officials said Sunday.

Although Harrison has found a coaching job at first division Crystal Palace, he offered his resignation to England manager Graham Taylor, said Glenn Kirton, the Football Association’s Head of External Affairs.

Neither Millwall nor Harrison have explained the prank, which occurred at a hotel before Millwall’s game at Ipswich. Millwall chairman Reg Burr said, however, he was revolted by it and team manager Bruce Rioch decided to dismiss Harrison, who has a reputation as a practical joker.

Harrison and Taylor worked together at Watford and the England manager had asked the coach to assist him when the national squad gathers for games.

Taylor, who had Harrison on his staff at Watford and Aston Villa before bringing him into the international setup, was left with little alternative but to dismiss him after the intense publicity over Harrison’s dismissal by Millwall.

Members of the FA’s International Committee were worried about the image of the England squad.


KAMITSUE, Japan (AP) - Italian Teo Fabi and David Brabham of Britain, driving a Jaguar XJR-14, finished third Sunday in the final race of the Sportscar World Championship, giving Fabi the overall title in the eight-race competition.

Australian Karl Wendlinger and Michael Schumacher of Denmark, driving a Mercedes, won Sunday’s race. They covered 93 laps around the 2.921-mile Autopolis circuit in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 36.699 seconds, an average speed of 111.182 mph.

Derek Warwick of Britain, in a Jaguar, finished second in 2:27:07.187, followed by Fabi and Brabham, who started from the pole position and finished in 2:28:15.860.

Fabi, who won the series’ third race, finished with 86 points, followed by Warwick, winner of two races, with 79 points.


GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) - The 10th leg of the 11-race All Japan F-3000 auto racing series was canceled Sunday because of rain.

American Ross Cheever, driving a Reynard 91D, won the pole position in qualifying Saturday. He drove the fastest lap of 1 minute, 16.316 seconds, an average speed of 131.788 mph, on the 2.79-mile Fuji International Speedway, at the foot of Mount Fuji.

The next race is scheduled Nov. 17 at the Suzuka Circuit.


DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Australia defeated New Zealand 16-6 Sunday in the Rugby World Cup semifinals.

Australia will face England for the championship Saturday at Twickenham, England.

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