SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ South Korea’s Cabinet decided Thursday to make Sept. 17, opening day of the Olympic Games in Seoul, an official national holiday.
A record 161 nations are expected to take part in the Olympics, which will last until Oct. 2.
TOKYO (AP) - Former major leaguer Matt Keough allowed five hits over seven innings, and the Hanshin Tigers beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5-0 at Hiroshima on Thursday.
Keough has a record of 10-8 for Hanshin.
Tony Bernazard, another former major leaguer, and Hiroshi Yugamidani each drove in two runs to lead the Nankai Hawks to a 5-3 victory over the first- place Seibu Lions at Osaka. The Hawks’ losing streak ended at three.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The Notre Dame women’s volleyball team will leave Friday for a 10-day, five-match tour of China. One of the opposing teams for Notre Dame will include four members of China’s 1984 Olympic gold medal team.
Notre Dame also will be the host for a Chinese team that will play in the United States next spring.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Marcus Liberty, one of the nation’s top high school basketball players, will be eligible to play for Illinois this year, Coach Lou Henson said Thursday.
Liberty, who could not play his freshman season because of his college entrance test score, did well enough in university courses in the past year to qualify, the Illinois sports information office said.
″We’re very pleased that Marcus will be playing with us this season,″ said Henson. ″He worked very hard in his classes, and has matured a great deal this past year. I know he’s looking forward to the upcoming year.″
Liberty is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound graduate of Chicago King High School, where he averaged 27.7 points his senior season of 1986-87.