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July 6, 1987

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) _ Ken Griffey Jr., the first player taken in the major-league baseball draft this spring, will miss three to five days of play for the Bellingham Mariners after suffering a mild concussion and a bruised shoulder, according to the team trainer.

Griffey was injured Saturday in a Northwest League game against the Everett Giants. The Giants won 5-3.

Griffey, drafted by the Seattle Mariners and the son of Atlanta Braves outfielder Ken Griffey, slammed into the centerfield wall at Everett Memorial Stadium after catching a fly ball.

He was examined at Providence Hospital and released.

Trainer Spyder Webb said Sunday that Griffey, who bats and throws left- handed, hit his right shoulder.


JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Larry Pearson of Spartanburg, S.C., was declared the winner after a scoring recheck of Sunday night’s Budweiser 200 NAS-CAR Busch Grand National Series race at Georgia International Speedway.

Mike Alexander of Franklin, Tenn., was originally flagged as the winner of the 200-lap race on the half-mile track, but Pearson, who was originally listed as the runner-up, requested a scoring recheck after the race.

After reviewing scorecards for nearly two hours, NASCAR officials declared Pearson the race winner.

In the review, officials found that Pearson had erroneously been scored as losing two laps on a pit stop on lap 85. The review found that Pearson lost only one lap which he later made up and then went on to win by 13 seconds.

Alexander finished second followed by Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace. Completing the top ten were Joe Thurman, Jimmy Hensley, Brett Bodine, Brad Teague and Larry Pollard.

Driver Darrell Waltrip suffered minor facial cuts and bruises in a three- car accident on lap 56. The accident also involved cars driven by Patty Moise and Rick Mast, who were not injured.

Pearson, who drove a Chevrolet Nova, averaged 75.869 mph and won $7,025.


MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) - A flotilla of 93 sailing yachts ranging in length from 30 feet to 70 feet slipped out of Marblehead Harbor, followed by one of the largest spectator fleets ever to watch the start of the Marblehead-to- Halifax Ocean Race.

″This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, which means that the celebration in Halifax will be a warm and memorable one,″ race spokesman Paul Williams said after the event got under way Sunday.

The Canadian organization and The Boston Yacht Club, two of the oldest yachting clubs on the continent, are sponsoring the 22nd annual race.

The yachts, from all over the United States, are being escorted by the 95- foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter Cape Higgon and as many as three Canadian vessels. They were not expected to cover the 360 nautical miles to the Canadian port in less than two days.


PORTO CERVO, Sardinia (AP) - Philip Thomson skippered Australia’s Steak ’n Kidney to an 8-minute, 12-second victory over Dennis Connor’s Stars and Stripes, over a shortened course in the semifinal round of the 12-meter World Championships.

The round was sailed over a 12 1/2 -mile course, instead of the planned 18, because of winds that faltered to as low as four knots. Saturday’s first semifinal races were cancelled when winds were calm.

In another semifinal Sunday, Australia’s Kookaburra II, skippered by Peter Gilmour, beat Phillip Crebbin’s White Horse Challenge, from Britain, by 6 minutes and 57 seconds.

Skipper David Barnes piloted New Zealand to a 2:12 victory over Sfida Italiana, skippered by Mauro Pelaschier.

Australia’s Bengal, under the guidance of Colin Beashel, won the third race with a 7-minute advantage over Entertainer 12 from Sweden, skippered by Pelle Peterson.

The same matchups are scheduled today and Tuesday.

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