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March 7, 1985

SPLIT, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Australia’s paul McNamee will play Yugoslavia’s Marko Ostoja and Pat Cash will play Slobodan Zivojinovic Friday on the first day’s singles in the two nation’s Davis Cup match, it was decided here Thursday.

Cash and John Fitzgerald will meet Ostoja and Zivojinovic in Saturday’s doubles. On Sunday, Cash will play Ostoja and Mcnamee will play Zivojinovic.

Australia is favored to win the world group Davis Cup meet. Yugoslavia was eliminated 5-0 a year ago in Perth, Australia.

Austria’s Hans Gruber will be the chief umpire at the match, to be played at Gripe sports hall in this Mid-Adriatic port city. ---

POVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal (AP) - Massimo Biasion and co-driver Tiziano Siviero of Italy roared to victory in 11 of 17 special stages to come out in front at the end of the first leg of the 1985 Portuguese-Port Wine Rally Thursday.

The Italians arrived in this northern Portuguese town with a 58-second advantage over Walter Rohrl and Christian Geistdorfer of West Germany at the wheel of an Audi Sport Quattro.

Biasion’s and Siviero’s time in the stages was 1 hour, 49 minutes, 34 seconds, well ahead of the 1,507-mile, four-leg event’s favorites, the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16s of Finns Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen, which placed third and fourth, respectively. Reigning world champion Stig Blomqvist of Sweden, driving another Audi Sport Quattro, was fifth.

Conditions on the paved surfaces of the first leg forced 24 cars out of competition, leaving 69 remaining for the start of the second leg’s 10-stage run, due to start late Thursday.The event winds up Saturday night. ---

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Hiroshi Yamada of Japan and Michael McLean of Britain each fired a 5-under-par 66 Thursday and took the first-round lead in the $150,000 Malaysian Open golf championship.

Greg Turner of New Zealand, Akiyoshi Omachi of Japan and Ray Arinno of the United States were one stroke behind the leaders at the Royal Selangor Golf Club course.

Rain halted play, leaving 22 golfers to finish their first round on Friday.

Americans Rodger Davies and Billy Pierot were in a six-way tie at 68 and Craig McClellan was among five golfers at 69. ---

LONDON (AP) - The International Tennis Federation on Thursday backed Sweden’s decision to withdraw from this weekend’s Davis Cup match against Chile in Santiago, saying it understood ″the emotional impact″ on the Swedes caused by a recent earthquake that shook the Chilean capital.

The Chilean and Swedish tennis federations agreed on Wednesday to suspend the first round, world group match after a day-long series of meetings.Earlier, Chile had demanded that the Swedes, holders of the Davis Cup, forfeit the trophy after the Swedish players flew to Brazil.

In a statement from its London headquarters, the ITF said it officially supported a postponement of the match which, it added, must now be played before July 28 when second-round matches are due to take place.

The ITF said it ″took into strong consideration the emotions of the young Swedish team, who were deeply shocked and strongly protested staying in Santiago. The team felt they could not concentrate and practice in the normal way.″ ---

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Norway’s Steffen Tangstad faces Sweden’s Anders Eklund at Copenhagen’s KB-Hallen arena Saturday in the first all-Scandinavian battle for the European heavyweight boxing championship.

It will be Tangstad’s first defense of the title he won from France’s Lucien Rodriguez over 12 rounds last November.

Both fighters come from countries banning professional boxing. Both are signed up with the same Danish manager-promoter, and they are former sparring partners.

NEW YORK (AP) - Kathy Jordan, Kathy Rinaldi and Sweden’s Catarina Lindqvist have qualified for the $500,000 Virginia Slims Championships to be held March 18-24 in Madison Square Garden, tournament officials announced Thursday.

Lindqvist moved into the select 16-player field Thursday when she upset Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Indoor Championships at Princeton, N.J.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Pam Shriver had qualified for the richest women’s tournament.

Only two spots remain to be filled in the field headed by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd. ---

CARPENTRAS, France (AP) - Australian Phil Anderson led his Panasonic team to victory Thursday in the second stage of the fourth leg of the Paris-Nice bicycle race, recording 45 minutes, 42 seconds over the 35-kilometer course.

Joel Pelier of France, who took the lead in the foothills of Mt. Ventoux and went on to victory in the first half of the fourth stage, retained the overall leader’s jersey.

Finishing second in the afternoon team race from Bedoin to Carpentras was Pelier’s Skil team, which finished at 45.50, and Redoute at 46.34.

Pelier, newly turned professional and riding for the Skil team, covered the 98.3-kilometer distance from Donzere to Bedoin in a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 31 seconds - 12 seconds ahead of French teammate Frederic Vichot and Charles Mottet of France. ---

LONDON (AP) - Tottenham Hotspur flew to Jordan for an invitation match against the Kuwait national side on Thursday, still hopeful of retaining the UEFA Cup soccer competition despite Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Real Madrid.

″It is going to be a real test of character. We have to convince ourselves we can still win,″ said Tottenham captain Steve Perryman, whose accidental kick into his own goal gave Real Madrid the victory.

The loss ended Tottenham’s 42-match unbeaten home record in European competition which had stretched back 24 years. It also was the first time the London team had failed to score in a European game at home. ---

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Britons Brian Waites and Andrew Stubbs were tied Thursday at 3-under-par 68 after the first round of the Kenya Open golf tournament on the 6,765-yard course of the Muthaiga Golf Club.

The reigning champion, Jose-Maria Canizares of Spain, and Malcolm Mackenzie and Craig Maltman, both from England, were all one stroke behind at 69 at the end of the first day of play in the $79,000 tournament.

The competition has attracted 89 professional golfers and 24 amateurs from Britain, India, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Sweden, Sierra Leone, Spain, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, Tanzania, the United States and Kenya, the organizers said. ---

CALCUtTA, India (AP) - India’s Ramesh Krishnan will play Italy’s Francesco Cancellotti in the first match of their first-round World Group Davis Cup tie Friday.

According to the draw made Thursday at Calcutta’s South Club courts, Indian captain Vijay Amritraj will face Claudio Panatta in the second singles.

The reverse singles on Sunday will pit Amritraj against Cancellotti and Krishnan versus Panatta.

The teams for Saturday’s doubles match will be announced after the singles.

India is considered the favorite because the matches are being played on grass, while the Italians are more comfortable on clay.

Italy’s best grass court player, Gianni Ocleppo, was forced to pull out of the singles at the last moment due to an undisclosed ailment.

The victor will meet the winner of the match between Chile and Sweden, the reigning Davis Cup champions. ---

PEKING (AP) - China’s tennis team faces Hong Kong starting Friday in a second-round Davis Cup Eastern Zone match in Shanghai.

The draw puts Hong Kong’s Mark Bailey against China’s You Wei and Colin Grant against China’s Xie Zhao in Friday’s opening singles matches, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported.

In doubles on Saturday, Bailey and Grant will meet Zhang Fan and Li Shuchen.

Grant faces You and Bailey takes on Xie in Sunday’s reverse singles.

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