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May 15, 1993

EL FERROL, Spain (AP) _ Defending champion Tony Rominger of Switzerland held onto his overall lead Saturday with only one day left in the Tour of Spain cycling race.

Rominger finished with the pack in Saturday’s 20th stage, one second behind the winner, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov of Uzbekistan.

Rominger has a lead of one-minute and 17 seconds over countryman Alex Zulle.

Abdoujaparov covered Saturday’s 153.6-mile run - the longest of the three- week race - in seven hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds.

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TOKYO (AP) - Glenn Braggs drove in four runs as the Yokohama Baystars shut out the Hanshin Tigers 6-0 on Saturday.

Braggs, a former major leaguer, hit a two-home run, his sixth of the season, but his first since April 25.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The ninth IAAF Mobil Grand Prix outdoor track circuit begins a 17-meet season Sunday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The International Amateur Athletics Federation tour will have competition in 12 nations, ending Sept. 10 at the Grand Prix Final in London.

At each meet, athletes will compete for Grand Prix points which accumulate toward awards at the end of the season.

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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch on Saturday praised Sydney’s bid to host the 2000 Olympics as being environmentally- friendly .

Samaranch toured sports facilities under construction at a proposed Games site.

Sydney Olympic Park, on the upper reaches of Sydney Harbor formerly was the site of slaughterhouses and factories.

Its redevelopment was approved by several environmental groups after plans included the preservation of existing vegetation and the use of environmentally-sensitive contruction and design techniques.

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SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China swept all six swimming events and continued to dominate track and field on Saturday at the East Asian Games.

China swept all three martial arts events as well and captured a gold in women’s judo.

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Yang Wenyi struck gold again in the women’s 50 meter freestyle in 25:25 seconds. Also scoring victories were teammates Liu Limin in the 200 meter butterfly in 2 minutes 10:68 seconds, and He Cihong in the 200 meter backstroke in 2 minutes 9:90 seconds.

Xiong Guoming won the men’s 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes 4:81 seconds.

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TOKYO (AP) - A cheering, flag-waving crowd of 60,000 turned out for the opening game of Japan’s first professional soccer league on Saturday. The Yokohama Marinos came from behind to beat the Verdy Kawasaki 2-1 as all three goals were scored by ″imported″ players - Henie Meijer of Holland, Everton of Brazil and Manon Diaz of Argentina.

Excitement about the opener built for weeks, and some 800,000 people entered a lottery for seats.

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TOKYO (AP) - Lotus Pool, a 6-year-old from the United States, drew the 15th post position for the Yasuda Memorial, one of two races in Japan opened for foreign horses.

Lotus Pool and Kitwood, a 4-year-old French-bred colt, will be competing against 14 Japanese horses for the top prize of $845,000.

Under overseas pressure, the Japan Racing Association agreed to open the race to foreign horses beginning this year.

The association selected 12 horses form 21 applicants, but only two accepted. Owners must pay all expenses, including $64,000 to ship a horse.

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