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January 22, 1994

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Defending champion Peter Njiru of Kenya opened a six-shot lead in the J and B Africa Classic by firing a 71 in Saturday’s third round.Njiru has a 54-hole total of 217.


SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Finnish driver J.J. Lehto is hospitalized with a damaged vertebrae suffered in an accident while test-driving for the Benetton Formula One team.

A statement from the team said Lehto was in satisfactory condition.

Lehto signed with Benetton less than two weeks ago. The accident took place Friday.


TRONDHEIM, Norway (AP) - Kenji Ogiwara of Japan had leaps of 95.5 and 87 meters to win the opening ski jumping portion of a World Cup Nordic combined meet Saturday.

Ogiwara, the World Cup overall champion, receive 240.5 points for the series and will start 56.7 seconds ahead of countryman Takanori Kono in Sunday’s final 15-kilometer cross-country ski race.

Kono, who trails Ogiwara by 80 points in the overall standings, jumped 95 and 86 meters for 232.0 points.

American Ryan Heckman was seventh and will start 2:50 behind Ogiwara. The other American, Todd Lodwick, a 16-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Colo., tied for 10th and will start the cross-country race 3:26.7 behind.


LA PLAGNE, France (AP) - An Italian team won the European four-man bobsled Saturday, as a British team came through for a surprise second-place finish.

Gunther Huber and Stefano Ticci, second in the two-man bobsled Wednesday, won with teammates Antonio Tartaglia and Miro Ruggiero.

They were timed in 58.55 seconds and 59.37 seconds in the two runs, totaling 1:57.92, on the 1992 Olympic bobsled course.

The British sled carrying Mark Tout, George Farrell, Jason Wing and Lenox Paul was .19 seconds back.

The world champion Swiss finished sixth.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - South Korean women golfers won both the professional and amateur tournaments at the Malaysian Women’s Open on Saturday in Penang.

Won Jae-sook captured the pro tournament with a 54-hole score of 220.

Tracy Hanson of the United States was second, two strokes back. Karen Weiss, another American, tied for third with Korean Lee Young-mi at 225.

Koreans took the top three positions in the amateur tournament. Song Chai- eun won with a 231, followed by Chung Il-mi at 233 and Park Se-ri at 234.


PARIS (AP) - Competitors in the Monte Carlo Rally headed for the starting line from six points in Europe on Saturday, the non-competitive but official start of the mountain road race.

The cars were to arrive in the Alpine city of Valence on Sunday, the eve of the rally that will travel over nearly two dozen sections of winding roads before ending in Monte Carlo on Thursday.

The first leg Monday, a 22-mile stretch, begins in Saint Pierreville.

Heading the field are defending world champion Juha Kankkunen of Finland and Didier Auriol of France, who won the Monte Carlo Rally for the third time last year. Both are driving Toyotas.


KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) - Italy won women’s singles and men’s doubles at the European luge championships on Saturdy.

World champion Gerda Weissensteiner of Italy shattered the track record to capture the women’s singles title, edging Germany’s Jana Bode by 24-thousands of a second in combined time.

The Italian doubles team of Joerg Raffl and Norbert Huber followed by defending their 1992 title, breaking the course record as they finished ahead of countrymen Kurt Brugger and Wilfried Huber.

Raffl and Huber had a combined time of 1:30.137, ahead of Brugger and Huber’s 1:30.313.

″It doesn’t surprise me they did so well,″ said German coach Sepp Lenz of the Italians. ″They train here often and well.″


ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) - Frank Luck of Germany kept a quick pace over a hilly course and shot flawlessly Saturday to win the 10-kilometer sprint race of the World Cup biathlon competition.

In the women’s event, Svetlana Paramygina of Belarus also had no shooting errors in winning the 7.5-kilometer sprint.

Luck, third in Thursday’s 20-kilometer race, finished the course in 26:47.0.

Paramygina was timed in 22:40.7, 17.1 seconds ahead of Antje Harvey of Germany.


INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) - Adne Soendral of Norway won the men’s 1,500-meter World Cup speedskating race at Innsbruck Sunday, but it was really the Netherlands’ day. The next five finishers were Dutch.N

Carla Zilstra of the Netherlands won the women’s 3,000 meters. She was timed in 4 minutes, 30.16 seconds, followed by Hiromi Yamamoto of Japan.

In the men’s race, Soendral was clocked at 1:56.55.

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