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1 2 I Sport The Guardian Saturday May 30 1998 Sport in brief Bfiajaajal Flying the flag . . . Black, here Happy Duncan Mackay on the high hopes of Britain's THE autobiography is due in the bookshops next month. The benefit dinner at a plush London hotel has been arranged. Plans are well under way for a new career. All Roger Black needs to do before he hangs up his spikes in September is win the 400 metres at the European Championships for an unprecedented third time. "If I can stand on top of that rostrum in Budapest in August knowing that for the guys behind me it was their chance to be European champion but that they couldn't beat the old bastard, I will walk away from the sport a happy man," says Black. At 32, after five operations and two bouts of debilitating viral illness, Britain's pre-eminent one-lap runner of the past 12 years says: "It takes a lot of effort and focus to train properly every day and there are other things I want to do with my life. It takes a lot of commitment to start again every year and I don't want to do it again after 1998." For Black, who opens his final season with a race in Seville tonight, it is important that he ends his career BBC1 1 2.30pm Grandstand Introduced by Sue Barker. 12.35 World Cup Football Focus, 1.15Cricket Focus; 1 .40 Motor Racing; 2 40 French Open Tennis BBC2 10.33am Yachting Whitbread Round the World Race round-up ITV 1 .1 Opm World Cup '98 Jim Rosenthal presents this preview of the World Cup. Includes a profile of the German team C4 2.55pm Racing Introduced by Jim McGrath and Derek Thompson. Four races from Newmarket and two races from Stratford C5 2pm Sportsweok on 5 Including FedEx Championship motor racing from Illinois and Australian rules football SKY SPORTS 1 1 0.30am Live Oolf Second round of the Deutsche Bank Open from Hamburg 8.30pm Saturday Fight Night Live The IBF Intercontinental title fight from Bristol between London's Mark Pnnce and Mario Tonus of Italy SKY SPORTS 2 2pm Racing Four races from Lingfield. three races from Stratford and three races from Catterick 6.30 Racing Four races from Musselburgh and four races from Kempton Park SKY SPORTS 3 2pm Live Rugby Union Boland v Ireland. The first match of Ireland's tour of South Africa (kick-oft 2.1 5) 4.00 Rugby Union The final of the southern hemisphere's Super 1 2 tournament between Auckland and Canterbury 9.00 Live Qoll Round three of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Ohio EUROSPORT 1 0am Live Tennis Coverage of the French Open from Roland Garros 1 pm Live Motorcycling Qualifying for tomorrow's French Grand Pnx 3.15 Live Cycling The Tour of Italy, 14th stage. Further coverage at 7prn and 10.30pm 8.30 Live Athletics The XV Gran Premio Dlputaclon from Seville BBC2 1pm Orandstand Introduced by Sue Barker. 1.05 Rowing; 1.15 Rallying; 1 .45, 4.1 5 Tennis; 2.20, 3.40, 5.00 Cricket; 3.00 Racing C4 2.35pm NBA 247 Basketball magazine Introduced by Dave Lewis, Mark Webster and Scoop Jackson in cheerful mood after the 4x400 metres relay at the Atlanta Olympics, has been a fine Black cruises on a high note after the disappointment of last summer. His omission from Britain's team for the World Championships, less than a year after winning the Olympic silver medal, still rankles with him. "But I learnt a big lesson. In 1996 I didn't take any risks, and the fact is I'm not good enough to take risks and get away with it. I got a virus last year when I attended a week-long motivational seminar and got no sleep, and it was no way to prepare for a season. I paid the price. If I'm not 100 per cent focused I will not make the British team." Half a dozen men are in contention for the three individual places in Budapest, though Du'aine Ladejo is notable by his absence. It was Ladejo, now concentrating on the decathlon, who broke Black's heart in Helsinki four years ago by ending his attempt on three consecutive European titles by beating him into second place. "Mark Richardson, Iwan Thomas and Jamie Baulch will be hard to beat this year, no doubt about it, and I will have to be on top of my form to make the team," admits Black. "And they may get bet C5 10.50pm Football Highlights of Brazil's World Cup warm-up against Athletic Bilbao 12.00 Motor Racing Round seven of the FedEx Championship series from Milwaukee 1 2.55 Live Baseball Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs SKY SPORTS 1 1pm Live OohT Third Round of the Deutche Bank Open from Hamburg 6.30 Live Rugby League The Super League clash between St Helens and Leeds (kick-off 6.35pm) 8.30 Cycling Highlights of the eighth and final stage of the Prutour SKY SPORTS 2 6pm Live American Football The NFL Europe clash between Frankfurt Galaxy and Scottish Claymores SKY SPORTS 3 2pm Live Cricket Coverage of the AXA League match between Somerset and Warwickshire 6.00 Live Golf Fourth and final round of the Memonal Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio EUROSPORT 10am Live Motorcycling The 125cc, 250cc and 500cc French Grand Prix races 2pm Live Tennis The French Open from Roland Garros. Further coverage at 4pm. Highlights at 10.30pm 3.00 Lhre Cycling The Tour of Italy, 15th stage 7.00 Uvo Football Spain and Greece contest the final of the Uefa Under-21 championship (kick-off 7pm) BBC2 2.55pm Top Oear Motors port Mark James and Tiff Needhall review the Argentinian Rally SKY SPORTS 1 1pm Live Oorf Fourth and final round of the Deutsche Bank Open from Hamburg 10.00 Sky Sports Centra Latest news round-up SKY SPORTS 2 6.30pm Racing Four races from Windsor and four races from Thtrsk EUROSPORT 10am Live Tennis The French Open from Roland Garros. Further coverage at 12.30pm and 4pm. Highlights at 10pm 3pm Live Cycling The Tour of Italy, 16th stage 1 1 .00 Boxing The N ABU junior-lightweight clash between the Mexicans Jorge Paez and Juan Angel Macias C4 1 1 .05pm Planet Football Steve Cram and Simon O'Brien continue their preview of the World Cup with a profile of England's group rivals Romania. ter, which will make them even harder to beat." Of the three, Black believes Richardson is the greatest threat a point borne out in Cottbus, Germany, on Wednesday when the Windsor runner opened his season with a time of 45.17sec. Richardson approached Black in 1996 and asked if they could train together. Black agreed and they recently returned from three months in California. Richardson admits: "He's given me so much advice and encouragement that it will be a mixture of emotions if I beat him in Budapest. For years my genera Something to smile about . . . Black's message is straight to the point as he waves to his legion of loyal supporters The programme includes highlights of a match from Romania's premier cup competition SKY SPORTS 1 8.30am Sky Sports Centre Latest news round-up 1 .1 Sam Oolf Highlights of the Atlantic Power Northern Open SKY SPORTS 2 8pm Qolf Coverage of the LPGA Rochester International from New York SKY SPORTS 3 5pm Qolf Senior's action in the Philips PFA Classic from the Marriot Moern Hotel, Southampton 1 0.00 Superbouts The 1 987 fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas EUROSPORT 9.30am Live Cycling The Tour of Italy, 17th stage. Further coverage at 3pm. 1 1 .00 Live Tennis Coverage of the French Open. Further coverage at 4pm. Highlights at 1 0pm 7pm Football An analysis of the teams who will contest Group C in the World Cup. The group comprises France, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Denmark 8.00 Lhre Boxing The middleweight clash between Darren Sweeney of Ireland and the Hungarian Andreas Galfi ITV 8pm Dos O'Connor's World Cup Party Tony Blair, Elton John and All Saints are among the guests who chat with Des about their involvement with football In a one-off special C4 2.00am NBA Finals The top match England wSbuthAWca, BBC1, Thursday and Friday, 10.00am " ; Alec Stewart could have chosen easier opposition to cut his teeth as ErujUmd's skipper: South Africa's pace attack tooks awesomely well-designed for the five-day game. Stewart heeds Darren Gough'(right). who missed the West Indies tout; to find form fast Spain v No rift m Ireland, Eurosport, Wednesday, 0pm : r:- ' Spain are many of the we're-ln-the-know brigade's tip for the World Cup despite their history of under-acWevmnent Coach JeTmente(rlt)conti. ties his preparations against a Northern Ireland side apparently hnproving under IityvrieMcMeneniji -'; D O'Connor World Cup Party, I1TV,"' 'Af , Wednesday, epm t v:Q,i. WhocareaboutTonyBlair,EltonJolnvDes Lynam and the other gues ts' passion for the game? Des O'Connor Wggert AUSaints(right)torTlcalabout their football , fanbiaBslnUusbiiamone)f. c: .. '." towards final straight one - lap legend tion has set its sights on Roger and the fact that there are now three or four of us who are world-class is down to the standard he set." Training with Richardson and another potential rival, Mark Hylton, is an attempt by Black to recreate the situation he enjoyed with his previous training partners Kriss Akabusi and Jon Ridgeon. "This year for me is 1996 revisited," he explains. Black's trophy cabinet is already overflowing' with honours, including European titles from Stuttgart in 1986 and Split in 1990 and a relay gold medal from the 1991 between the champions of the Eastern and Western Conferences C5 12.20am Lhre Baseball Coverage of a top match from the Major League SKY SPORTS 1 8.30am Sky Sports C-ittre Latest news round-up 2pm Lhre Rugby Union South West Districts v Ireland from George, South Africa (kick-off 2. 15pm) 10.00 Sky Sports Centre Latest news round-up SKY SPORTS 2 6.30pm Racing Four races from Chester and four races from Beverley 1 1 .30 Oolf Highlights of the Philips PFA Classic from Southampton EUROSPORT 11am Lhre Tennis The French Open. The second two men's quarterfinals. Further coverage at 4pm. Highlights at 11pm 3pm Lhre Cycling The Tour of Italy, 18th stage 9.00 Lhre Football Spain v Northern Ireland from Santander (kick-off 9.00pm) BBC1 10.50am Lhre Cricket Coverage of the first day of the first Test between England and South Afnca from Edgbaston Introduced by Tony Lewis with commentary from Ritchie Benaud, David Gower, Chns Broad and Barry Richard. Coverage continues at 1 .35pm and 3pm on BBC2 and 2.40pm on BBC1 . Highlights on BBC2 at 11.1Spm SKY SPORTS 1 8.30am Sky Sports Centre Latest news round-up ambassador for British athletics World Championships in Tokyo, but he will always have to live with the frustration of knowing that injury and illness robbed him of so many other opportunities. Black nearly became a doctor. He enrolled in the medical programme at Southampton University but decided after one term to concentrate on athletics. There were times, however, when he spent as much time in hospital as his former class-mates. He missed the 1988 Olympics with a broken right foot, had an operation to his right hip in 1992, and in 1993 went down with glandular fever, which recurred in a milder form last year. "Few athletes will have the He will always have to live with the frustration of knowing that illness robbed him of so many other opportunities 10.30am Live Qolf Coverage of the first day of the English Open at Marriot Hanbuty Manor in Ware, Hertfordshire. Highlights on Sky Sports 3 at 7pm 1 0pm Sky Sports Centre Latest news round-up EUROSPORT 9.30am Live Cycling The Tour of Italy, 19th stage Update at 5pm 1pm Live Tennis The French Open from Roland Garros. The women's semi-finals. Highlights at 10pm 8.30pm Football A repeat of the 1 982 World Cup semi-final between France and West Germany in Spain. The match was the first In the history of the World Cup finals to be settled by a penalty shoot-out and included the notorious collision between Harald Schumacher and Patrick Battiston BBC1 10.50am Lhre Cricket Coverage of the second day of the first Test between England and South Attica from Edgbaston. Introduced by Tony Lewis with commentary from Ritchie Benaud, David Gower, Chns Broad and Barry Richard. Coverage continues at 1 .35pm on BBC2. Highlights on 8BC2 at 11.15pm C4 1 .55pm Racing Four races from Epsom including the Vodafone Coronation Cup at 2.45pm SKY SPORTS 1 8.30am Sky Sports Centre Latest news round-up 10.30 Lhro Oolf Second round coverage of the English Open from Ware, Hertfordshire 7.30pm Live Rugby League Halifax Blue Sox v Hull Sharks (kick-off 7.45) 1 0.00 Sky Sports Centre Latest news round-up 5.30am Live Rugby Union New South Wales v Scotland from Sydney (kick-off 5. 30am; SKY SPORTS 2 6.30pm Racing Four races from Goodwood and four races from Haydock SKY SPORTS 3 7pm Oolf: Inside the Senior PQA Tour An Inside look at the week's events on the veteran's circuit EUROSPORT 12noon Live Tennis The French Open. Coverage of the men's singles semi-finals. Further coverage at 2.30pm. Highlights at 11pm Spm Cycling The Tour of Italy, 20th stage 7 .00 Football An analysis of the teams who will contest Group F In the World Cup finals. The group comprises Germany, USA, Yugoslavia and Iran 8.00 Motor Racing A preview of this weekend's Le Mans 24-hour race PHOTOGRAPH: SIMON BRUTY misfortune to experience the problems that Roger has had to fight through," says Ridgeon. "In my experience very few athletes succeed in getting back to the top flight having suffered the way Roger has. He went through some very tough times in the depths of his long-term injury and illness nightmares." The experiences have given Black a rich seam of tales to mine for his planned new career in motivational speaking. "Ironically," he says, "my problems have given me a good story to tell that seems to go down very well." Black hopes to combine it with a role in television. He appeared regularly last autumn on BBC 24, the Corporation's cable station beamed around the world, before leaving to train in the United States and he is clearly being groomed for a role similar to Gary Lineker's. "If I can't compete at the Olympics the next best thing is to get the top seat in the house and be paid to present it," he says. But for the next four months, running will occupy Black's mind. "It's a long time since I ran a good 400 metres probably just after the Olympics two years ago. Hopefully this season it will be as easy as it used to be." FOOTBALL KINQ HASSAN II CUP Belgium 0) O England (01 O 25,000 Belgium won 4-3 on pens Franco (0) 2 Morocco (0) 2 Blanc 22 Bassir 9 Diorkaelf 73 80.000 Morocco won &-5 on pens WORLD CUP WARM-UP MATCHES) Belgrade: Yugoslavia 3 Nigeria 0 Puta: Croatia 1 Slovakia 2. RUGBY LEAGUE SUPER LEAGUE Bradford (10) 17, London (6) 14. Bradford! Tries: Bradley, Lowes. McDor-motl. Goals: McNamara 2 Drop: Mc-Namara. London: Trios: Mardon 2. 1 Hig-glns. Ooal: Malterson (1 1.693). SECOND DIVISION Bramlay(IB) 30, York (6) 14.Bram-leyi Trias: W Freeman. Kite. McDormolt, S Pickles. Potter, Rlvett Goals: G Brown 3, K Smith 3 York: Trios: Brook. Strange Ooals: Hopcutt 3 (771) ALLIANCE: Wlgan 60 Hunslel 18 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL LEAGUE: Sydney City 4 Newcastle 20; Ponrith 2B North Queensland 36 GOLF DEUTSCHE DANK-SAP OPEN (Hamburg). First-round loadsro (GBIro unless statod) OS P McGinley. 86 P Mitchell 67 J Spence, S Allan (Aus). M O'Moara (US), G Chalmers (Aus). E Canonlca (II): D Edlund (Swo). B Langer (Gor). M Gronberg (Swe); B May (US), M Jamos: C Monlgomorlo, D Clarko. P O'Malloy (Aus): J Van do Volde (Fr) 08 P, Gooson (SA, P Broadhurst: P Law-rio; M Roe; P Eales, S Torrance: A Coika (Gen; A Coltart; R Wossols (SA. K Tomorl (Japan). P Quiricl (Switz) SO T Biorn (Don): D Borrogo (Sp): J Rivoro (Sp); J Singh (India). P Walton. P Har-i Ington; P Sonior (Aus). 0 Howoll. E Sim-sek (Gur): L Westwood. I Woosnam: J-M Olazabal (Sp). M-A Jlmonez (Sp). B Davis: J Sandelln (Swe). J Haeggman (Swo). R Russoll 70 H Thul (Gor). M Davis. S Hondorson; J Coceros (Arg), N Fasth (Swe): W Woslnor (SA); A Oldcorn. D Gillord: C Rocca (It); R Jacquolin (Fr). P Price; S Alker (NZ). D Carter. A Huntor; J Payno, K Eriksson (Swe), M Tunnlcllfl; N Price (Zim): P-U Johansson (Swe). R Burns: J Robson. ) Garbutt. T Qogelo (Gor); M Mouland, M Hallborg (Swe), R Rallorty. 71 P Marksaong (Thai); C Monk (Gor). B Lano. R Davis (Aus), M Mackenzie. D Tapping; A Wall: R Claydon. I Pyman, R Boxall. P Haugsiud (Nor). R Chapman: P Baker; K Brink (Swe); B Drodgo; G Orr; T Levot (Fr);NJoaklmldea(Fr) 72WRIIoy (Aus), Y Kaya (Tur); D Hospital (Sp); S Struver (Gar): A Forsbrand (Swo): S Ballostoros (Sp). P SJoland (Swo); J Town-sond (US); S Luna (Sp): A Cabrora (Arg); S Webster; M Farry (Fr); G Brand jnr; P Fulke (Swol, D Chopra (Swol, S Kloldaen (Don); E Darcy; D Coopor. MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT (Dublin, Ohio): First-round Issdsrs (US unless stated): 80 D Love, S Pate; T Dodds (Nam), J Sindelar. 87 K Triplett; A Magoe; C Stadler; P Stewart. T Tryba; E El3 (SA): G Kraft. OS M Brooks: L Janzon: H Frazar; L Maltiace: F Couplos: S Jones. T lohman; M Calcavocchla 80 D Forsman; B Geiborger. J Huston; J Haas; G Hlortstodl (Swe); B Qulgley: J Leonard. Also: 71 N Faldo (GB). ENGLISH LADIES AMATEUR C'SHIP (Walton Heath, Surrey)' Ouarter-llnatu B RalctlH (Sandlwey) bt K Rostron (Clltheroo) 443; K Stupplss (Royal Cinque Ports) bt C Court (Goodwood) 3S2; S Hoath (Tellord) bl K Knowlos (Worplesdon) 4S3; L Waltars (Chovln) bt K Flshor (Royal Lytham and Boxing Hamed's bout knocked out NASEEM HAMED's World Boxing Organisation featherweight title defence, set for July 18, has been postponed until later in the summer, the champion reportedly having suffered an injury to his right hand in training, writes John Rawling. The fight would have been the third in a six-contest deal with the American cable television network HBO worth about 8 million. Although Hamed's promoter Frank Warren had said he was Finding difficulty in naming an opponent, there has also been a dispute behind the scenes over the choice of venue. Warren was keen that Hamed should have the contest in Britain but HBO was anxious to raise Hamed's profde with another defence in the United States, possibly in Las Vegas. It seems likely that Hamed will now travel to the United States at a later date and that Kennedy McKinney, the 31-year-old New Yorker who recently relinquished the WBO super-bantamweight title, remains the probable opponent. The July 18 bill may now feature a rematch of Britain's 1998 fight of the year with Carl Thompson again defending his WBO cruiserweight title against Chris Eubank. Thompson won narrowly on points on April 18. However, the British Boxing Board of Control is likely to want medical assurances that both men have fully recovered as Eubank spent two nights in hospital suffering from exhaustion as a result of the fight. In Pesaro, Italy, Reggie Johnson from Texas retained his International Boxing Federation light-heavyweight tide with a unanimous decision over Norway's Ole Klemetsen last night. Tennis Wild card for Agassi ANDRE AGASSI, the former Wimbledon champion, is expected to accept the offer of a wild card for the Stella Artois tournament at Queen's Club in London from June 8-14 with his fellow American Pete Sampras, the world No. 1 and reigning All England champion. Both Sampras and Agassi, who would be making his first appearance at Queen's, made early exits from the French Open in Paris this week and are keen to use the event as practice for Wimbledon. Ice Hockey Bees' Bernard buzzes off BRACKNELL Bees have lost the services of their netminder Mark Bernard, who had been expected to return for a third season with the Berkshire Superleague club, writes Vic Bat-chelder. But there is consolation because their defenceman Rob Stewart and Dutch international forward Chris Brant have signed new contracts. Football New deal for 5 Live BBC Radio 5 Live has secured a two-year extension to its exclusive broadcasting rights of the Premiership. The station's current deal was due to expire next year and the new agreement, for an undisclosed amount, lasts until the summer of 2001. Golf Love bounces back DAVIS LOVE, playing his first tournament since winning the MCI Classic five weeks ago, shot a 66 to take a share of the lead after the first round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Love, who has had back problems, Joey Sindelar, Steve Pate and Trevor Dodds were one stroke ahead of seven players, including Ernie Els, the world No. 1. Vijay Singh, the defending champion, was seven strokes off the pace. Rowing Redgrave through to final BRITAIN'S coxless four yesterday got off to a rocky start with the giant Croatian international Luka Grubor substituting for the injured Tim Foster, but still reached the World Cup final by beating Germany at the Munich regatta, writes Christopher Dodd. Tomorrow presents a bigger challenge against Romania, winners of the other heat in a time three seconds quicker. Steve Redgrave, who sits in the No. 2 scat, said: "We were sloppy off the start and didn't really get into it until halfway." Cycling Noe takes over Giro lead MICHELE BARTOLI, the 1997 World Cup champion, won the 13th stage of the Giro d'ltalia yesterday in a three-man finish in Schio. His Asics team-mate Andrea Noe assumed the overall lead from Laurent Roux. Bartoli edged out his fellow Italians Giuseppe Guerini and Paolo Bettini, with Noe three seconds back. The race favourite Alex Ziille tumbled twice going downhill. St Annes) 28,1. Somi-flnals: Ratcllffo bt Slupples 1up; Walters bt Heath 342. TENNIS FRENCH OPEN (Pans)' Hon: Second round: H Gumy (Arg) bt G Pozzi (It) 6-2, 6-3, 3-6. 5-7. 11-9. M Ous-talsson (Swe) bt 0 Prinosil (Gor) 6-4. 6-3. 6-7. 6-1; D Vacek (Cz) bt J-M Gam-bill (US) 5-4. 2-6. 7-5. 7-6; F Clavat (Sp) bt O Dolallre (Fr) 6-2. 6-4. 6-7. 6-1; A Corretja (Sp) bl F Viconlo (Sp) 6-3. 6-2. 6-3. J Stoltsnbora (Aus) bt P Raltor (Aus) 6-4. 2-6. 6-3. 6-2. A Barasatsgui (Sp) bt G Solves (Fr) 6-3. 3-6. 6-3, 6- 4, D Hrbaty (Slovak) bl J Albert Vlloca (Sp) 6-3. 6-3. 6-3. M Chang (US) bt J Van Loltum (Noth) 7-5. 6-2. 3-0 (ret). M Safin (Rus) bt G Kuerton (Br) 3-6, 7- 6. 3-8, 6-1 , 6-4. Third round: M Rlos (Chile) bt W Forreira (SA) 6-1.3-3 (ret): C Moya (Sp) bl A Hie (Aus) 6-2. 7-6. 6-3. A Costa (Sp) bt B Ulihrach (Cz) 6-3, 6-3. 6-0, T Muster (Aut) bt C Van Qoreso (Bel) 6-2. 4-6. 7-6, 6-2. F Me-llgenl (Br) bt T Woodbridge (Aus) 7-5. 6-3. 6-2. R Dslgado (Par) bt S Sargsian (Arm) 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. 7-6. F Mantilla (Sp) bt F Sanloro (Fr) 4-0. 6-2. 6-2, 7-5. J Knlppschlld (Gor) bl J Van Horck (Bol) 2-6, 0-6. 7-0. 6-4. 6-2; Womiiu Second round: M Dlak-Ollva (Arg) bt Sung-hee Park (SKor) 6-2. 6-2. S Farina (It) bt J Krugor (SA) 4-6. 6-3, 6-0: P Schnydar (Switz) bt J Halard-Docugls (Fr) 6-3, 3-6. 6-1. 1 Majoll (Cro) bt N Zvoreva (Bola) 6-3, 6-4 Third round: C Rubin (US) bt M Saekl (Japan) 6-3, 6-4,MSalas(US)btB Schwartz (Aul) 6-1. 7-5; H Nogyova (Slovak) bt N Dochy (Fr) 7-6. 3-6. 6-1, A Koumlkova (Rus) bt A Carlsson (Swe) 6-0. 6-0. V Williams (US) bt A Do-chaumo-Ballerot (Fr) 6-2. 6-1. A Smashnova (Isr) bt B Rlttner (Gnr) 1-6. 6-4. 6-1: M Hingis (Switz) bl K Habsu-dova (Slovak) 6-3. 6-2. J Novotna (Cz) bt E Talarkova (Ukr) 0-3, 7-6. BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE: Baltimore 5 Texas 2. Detroit 7 Chicago WS 1 1 (toinns). Tampa Bay 2 Soattle 5, Toronto 2 Cleveland 6, NY Yankoos B Boston 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE: SI Louis 4 Colorado 1; Chicago Cubs 7 Philadelphia 8. Atlanta 5 Montreal 9. Los Angeles 4 Cincinnati 3. San Francisco 7 Arizona 8 CYCLING GIRO D'lT ALIA: Stags 1 3 (Carpi to Schlo; 166km). 1. M Bartoli (II) Asics 3hr 58mln 2soc; 2, G Guerini (It) Polll. 3. P Bettlnl (It) Asics both same lime; 4. A Noe (It) Asics ot3soc; 5, D Robellln (II) Poltl 16; 6, J Luis Rublora (Sp) Kotmo si Leading overall: 1. Noe 62h: 38min Msec, 2, Bartoli at 6sec; 3. A Zulle (Switzl Festlna 37, 4, O Camonzlnd (Switz) Mapol si, 5. Rublera 43; 6. L Roux (Fr) TVM 49: 7. Guerini 1 15; 6. L Loblanc (Fr) Poltl 1.19. 9. M Panlanl (It) Mercatono Uno 120. 10, PTonkov (Rus) Mapol 1:21. TOUR OP BRITAIN: Stags Six (Bristol lo Reading: 146km): 1, V Eklmov (Rus) US Postal Service 3hr 30min 17sec; 2, S O'Grady (Aus) Gan at 1soc; 3, A Korll (Gor) Festlna, 4, C Dacruz (Fr) Blgmat Aubor 93. 5, C Boardman (GB) Gan; 6, N Stephens (Aus) Festlna all same ttmo. Leading overall: 1, O'Grady 21hr 17mln 04sec; 2, Boardman al 36soc; 3, 0 Baranowskl (Pol) US Postal Service 48; 4. Stephens 59. 5. T Hamilton (US) US Postal Service 1.17: 6, Dacruz 93 V25. HOCKEY WORLD CUP (Utrecht)' Woman: Seml-flnals: Australia 4 Argontlna 2, Netherlands 6 Germany 1. Classification plaess: 5th-8th: New Zealand 3 South Africa 1; S Korea 2 United Status 0. Sth-12th: Scotland 5 India 3. England 3 China 0 EUROPEAN CLUB C'SHIP: Men: C Dlv (Glasgow) Group ArWostorn Grasshopper 25 Kringsia (Nor) 0. Grasshopper Zurich 5 Espoo (Fin) 1. Oroup B: Zorka Subolicas (Yug) 1 SC Porto (Por) 1. Marathon (Cro) 1 Slavla Praguo 1 Women: B Dlv (Cardilt)' Oroup A: Swansea 3 Slauhal (Llth) 3, Slavia Prague 6 Noudorl Vienna 0 Group B: Stado Francais 3 Tirotox (Mol) 4. Rhythm Grodno (Bola) 3Muckross (Ire) 2 ICE HOCKEY NHL: Play-off finals: Eastsrn Conference: Bultalo 3 Washington 4 (ol. Washington lead series 2-1) EVENING RACING Bath 8.26: 1, CONNOISSEUR BAY, J Reid (1-3 Fav), 2, Way Out Yonder (3-1). 3, Henry Hsald (33-1) 6 ran B. 20 (P Chapple-Hyam) Toto C1 30: 1.10, E1.50 Dual F: 1 20. CSF' 1 36. 6.55: 1, SHE-WOLFF, S Sanders (7-2 Jl Fav). 2, Uttle Gem (7-2 Jl Fav). 3, Chocolate Souffle (4-1) 14 ran 5. 2X (P Makml Tote: C5 00. 1.90. 2.10. 2 10 Dual F 9 90 Trio 6 70 CSF 14 23.7.25:1. TASIK CHINI, T Oulnn (4-11.2, Hllls-wlck (11-4 Fav); 3, Aquavits (7-1) 9 ran 3, 3 (P Cole) Toto' 4 80. 1 70. 1 60. 2 00. Dual F: 7.10 Trio 20 60 CSF 13 17. Tricasl 63.26. 7.58: 1, PER-CY-P, J Reid (Evens Fav). 2, Emperor Nahaom (7-4), 3( Verdant Express (16-1) 9 ran. 1X. 5. (W Mulr) Toto C2 00. 1.10. 120, 2.30 Dual F: 1.70 Trio 11.60. CSF: 2.68 S.28: 1 , CORNFLOWER FIELDS, R Hughes (5-2). SWEET PEA, Paul Eddery (6-4 Fav), 3, Lovln Spoonful (10-1). 12 ran Dht. IX (R Hannon. J Dunlop) Tote. Cornllowor Fields 1 60. Sweet Pea 1.30. Cornllowor Flolds 1.10. Sweet Pea 1 30. 2 30 Dual F 2 60. CSF: Cornllowor Fields, Sweet Pea 3 05. Sweet Pea. Cornllowor Flolds 2.43. 8.55: 1, LYCIAN, R Flronch (6-1): 2, Fawning (7-2): 3, Mandhar 114-1). 5-2 Fav Coolln River 10 ran IX, 1K (J Toller) Toto' 7 80, 1 80. 2.00. 2 20. Dual F: 31 20. Trio. 79 30. CSF: 27 61. Trlcast- 278 11 OUADPOT:4.90 PLACEPOT: 6.80 Stratford 8.10: 1, TIGHT FIST, R Farrant (20-1); 2, Saxon Mead (9-1); 3, Barford Sovereign (9-2 Fav). 1 1 ran. Hd, 8. (Miss H Knight) Tote: 29 60: 5 80. 2.80. 2 50. Dual F: 106 90. Trio 106 50. CSF. 168 26. Trlcast. 875 43. NR: Bally-grtffin Lad, Orchestral Suilo, Rossell Island. 8.40: 1, MUTAWALI, V Slattery (9- 1), 2, Flahlve'e First (20-1), 3, Pair ot Jack (8-1); 4, Island Vision (33-1) 5-1 Fav Count of Flandors. 19 ran 9. 5. (R Baker) Toto: 13.70: 3 00. 4.30. 2.70. Dual F: 77.10. Trio: 255.70. CSF: 164.97. Trlcast: 1,232 88. NR: Exclusion. 7.10: 1, JET BOYS, B Powell (8-1); 2, Lakeflsld Leader (5-4 Fav): 3, Rlvarbank Rosa (9-2). 10 ran. 3. 23. (Mrs J Pitman) Tote: 7.70: 2.00, 1.80, 1.70 Dual F: 8 90. Trio 18.70 CSF: 18 99. Trlcast: 52 26. 7.40: 1, LAST OPTION, Mrs F Needham (15-2); 2, Double Thriller (8-11 Fav); 3, Good Looking Guy (20-1). 11 ran. X, 16. (R Talo) Tola: 9.00; 1 90, 1 30, 4.00. Dual F: 4.70. Trio: 47.50. CSF: 13.67. NR: Coolvawn Lady, Golden Drops. 8.10: 1, CATS RUN, R Supple (9-1): 2, oromnana (15-2 : a, Fainer say (12-1). 8 ran 20, 7. (John R Upson) l ote. ttf.3U; H 0U, L2.0U. 3 ou. uuai Y : 37.00. Trio: 147.20. CSF: 67 44. Trl cast: 746.96. Non Runner: Some Day Soon. O.40: 1. PEKAV, C Maude (6-1); 2, Tissue of Lias (6-1): 3, Major Change (2-1 Fav). 16 ran. 1. shd. (M Pipe) Tole: 8.20: 2.50. 2.00. 1.60. Dual F: 20.90. Trio: 20.90. CSF: 40.96. NR: Agent. OUADPOT: 20.70 PLACEPOT: 253.10

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