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November 3, 1986

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) _ American Jimmy Arias on Monday opened the $920,000 European Community Tennis Championship by beating Czechoslovakia’s Libor Pimek 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Eight elimination matches were to be played Monday and Tuesday, with top- seeded players like John McEnroe, Czechoslovak Ivan Lendl and France’s Yannick Noah scheduled to play their first matches on Wednesday.

The European Community Tennis Championship, restricted only to those who have won tournaments held in Europe in the past year, is listed as an exhibition and is not part of the Nabisco Grand Prix.


LONDON (AP) - Seve Ballesteros of Spain has withdrawn from the PGA European team for this week’s Nissan Cup World Championship of Golf in Tokyo because of ″a lingering state of poor health,″ officials said Monday.

Ballesteros, this season’s top money-winner on the European tour, was to have been the captain of the squad for the tournament, which begins Thursday.

But ″a lingering state of poor health ... would not allow him to meet the ‘moral obligation’ of feeling confident about giving his best performance,″ the PGA said in a release from its headquarters in London.

Bernhard Langer of West Germany will take over as captain, officials said, while Gordon J. Brand of England will fill Ballesteros’ spot on the roster.

Other members of the European team are Sandy Lyle of Scotland, Howard Clark and Nick Faldo of England, and Ian Woosnam of Wales.

The tournament, with a $900,000 purse, features teams from the European, United States, Australian and Japanese PGA tours.


GRENOBLE, France (AP) - After setting a world record for the fastest 5,000 meters, French cyclist Jeanne Longo will be attempting another kind of mark Friday - the longest distance covered in one hour on a bicycle.

Longo gave an indication that she is in top form Sunday night when she cycled 5,000 meters (3.12 miles) in 6 minutes, 22.713 seconds, to better her own women’s record of 6:29.606. She set the new mark at the professional cycling race of the Six Days of Grenoble on an indoor track.

Later this week on the same track, she plans to try to break the current record for one hour’s cycling, 42.312 kilometers (26.25 miles), set in 1985 by Barbara Ganz of Switzerland.


HOUSTON (AP) - There will be more at stake than deciding a champion at next week’s $300,000 Mazda Japan Classic golf tournament, being held at the Lions Country Club in Hiyogo, Japan, Nov. 7-9.

Pat Bradley, a five-time winner in 1986, only needs $10,251 to reach the $500,000 mark for earnings in a single season, a pinnacle never achieved by an LPGA player. Just last year, Nancy Lopez set the season record by accumulating $416,472, a figure surpassed by Bradley in August at the Nestle World Championship.

The Mazda-LPGA Series winner has yet to be determined, and with triple points awarded to the top 60 finishers at Hiyogo, there could be several changes in the standings. Bradley leads the Series with 1,489.89 points, while Betsy King is in second with 1,051.99.

King also is in second place behind Bradley in the Vare Trophy competition and could take the lead with a good showing at the Mazda Japan Classic. Neither Bradley nor King ever has won the Vare Trophy, presented annually to the player with the lowest scoring average in at least 70 rounds of official tournament play.


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers have signed Finnish-born right wing Tomas Sandstrom to a multiyear contract, the National Hockey League team announced Monday.

The 22-year-old Sandstrom, a three-year veteran, was in the option year of his current contract. The Rangers did not divulge any details of the new agreement.

Sandstrom, who lives in Fagersta, Sweden, has four goals and 11 assists this season in 11 games. He has 58 career goals and 69 assists for 127 points.

His best season was his first, 1984-85, during which the 6-foot-2, 200- pound Sandstrom had 29 goals and 29 assists. Sandstrom, the Rangers’ second choice in the 1982 entry draft, had 25 goals and 25 assists last season and added four goals and six assists in 16 playoff games.

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