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November 24, 1996 GMT

IBUSUKI, Japan (AP) _ Paul Stankowski beat fellow American David Ishii with a birdie on the first extra hole to win the $1.35 million Casio World Open Sunday.

Ishii forced the playoff with a final-round 66 that tied Stankowski at 11-under-par 277. Stankowski shot a 68.

Stankowski, winner of the Kapalua International two weeks ago, sank a 6-foot putt for birdie on the playoff’s first hole, the par-5 18th, while Ishii reached the green in four.

The victory was worth $242,000.

Jumbo Ozaki, seeking his 101st career victory, shot a 69 and shared third place at 278 with his younger brother, Tateo ``Jet″ Ozaki, who also shot a 69.


Finland Scores Double Victory In Nordic Combined Season Opener

ROVANIEMI, Finland (AP) _ Finland’s Jari Mantila held his advantage from the ski jumping to win the season’s World Cup opener for the Nordic Combined Sunday.

Another Finn, 17-year old Samppa Lajunen, shook off challenges from Austria’s Mario Stecher and Tim Tetreault of the United States during the final kilometer to finish second after the 15-kilometer cross country skiing. Lajunen was 15 seconds ahead of Stecher, with Tetreault another eight seconds back.

Mantila never was challenged on his way to a second career World Cup win. He started 57 seconds ahead of Stecher and one minute in front of Tetreault.


Finns Win Opening Ski Cross Country Relay

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) _ Harri Kirvesniemi broke away on the second 10-kilometer leg, helping Finland to a 39.8-second victory over Italy in the men’s opening World Cup cross-country ski relay Sunday.

The Finnish quartet, with Sami Repo, Mika Myllyla and Jari Isometsa skiing the other legs, completed the 40K relay in 1 hour, 51 minutes, 19.6 seconds.

It was Finland’s fifth consecutive World Cup victory in the event, dating back to last season.


Italy Wins World Super Challenge Volleyball Tournament

TOKYO (AP) _ Italy, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist, defeated winless Japan 15-1, 15-5, 15-5 Sunday to win the six-nation men’s World Super Challenge volleyball championship.

Italy finished the round-robin tournament with a 5-0 record.

The Netherlands, the gold medalist at Atlanta, finished second after beating China 15-5, 15-4, 15-5 for a 4-1 record.


Yugoslavia. the Olympic bronze medalist, beat South Korea 15-11, 15-9, 15-13 and finished at 3-2 for third place.


Inoue Wins LPGA Tournament; Fukushima Is Top Money Winner

MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) _ Yoko Inoue fired a 3-under-par 69 Sunday and earned her first career victory by one stroke in the Meiji Nyugyo Cup, the Japan LPGA Tour’s season finale.

The victory, with a 7-under 281 total, was worth $97,000 from a purse of $538,000, and a five-year exempt status.

The Meiji Nyugyo is one of Japan’s three major women’s tournaments.

Long-hitting Akiko Fukushima shot a course-record 65 and placed second at 282. She finished atop this year’s money earnings list with $633,150.


Ethiopia’s Nour Wins Lisbon Marathon, Portugal’s Machado Is Women’s Winner

LISBON, Portugal (AP) _ Ethiopian Billen Nour beat Kenya’s Hussein Mbareck by 33 seconds to win the Lisbon Discoveries Marathon Sunday, with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Favorite Albertina Machado of Portugal was the women’s winner in 2:36:22. Machado finished more than five minutes ahead of Russia’s Elena Semenova.

Lisbon Marathon record-holder Zbigniew Nadolski of Poland finished fourth in 2:17:42.


France’s Srecki Beats Germany’s Schmitt In Fencing World Cup

LISBON, Portugal (AP) _ Eric Srecki of France defeated Germany’s Arnold Schmitt 15-14 Sunday in the final of the Lisbon Grand Prix, the second round of the men’s individual epee World Cup.

Sweden’s Peter Vanky and Germany’s Mark Steifensand tied for third.

Left-hander Srecki, ranked seventh in the world before the competition, had a tough time getting past Schmitt, ranked third and fresh from winning the German championship.


Germany’s Schwarz Leads, Kamioka of Japan No. 2 In RAC Rally

CHESTER, England (AP) _ Germany’s Armin Schwarz, driving a Toyota Celica, held the lead in the RAC auto rally Sunday after the second of three days with more than a five-minute advantage over Japan’s Masao Kamioka.

Schwarz, the leader after Saturday’s first day, had a total time of 2 hours, 53 minutes, 52 seconds, for the first 17 special stages. Kamioka, in a Subaru Impreza, finished the 17 stages in 2:59.03.

Nine stages will be run Monday to complete the rally.