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October 7, 1988

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ Mats Wilander, the No. 1-ranked tennis player in the world, American John McEnroe, Martin Jaite of Argentina and Italy’s Paolo Cane will play exhibition matches at the local indoor sports palace on Oct. 23, organizers reported Thursday.

Wilander recently won the Sicilian Championships in Palermo - the first tournament played by the Swede since gaining the top spot in the world rankings by downing Ivan Lendl in the finals of the U.S. open.


PECCIOLI, Italy (AP) - Young Frenchman Laurent Bezault finished second to Italian veteran Claudio Corti in the Sabatinti Cup road race Wednesday, his professional cycling debut.

The 22-year-old Frenchman, who turned pro after competing in the Seoul Olympics, lost to the more-experienced Italian in a five-way sprint. Corti, 33, completed the 228-kilometer hilly course in five hours, 40 minutes.


LONDON (AP) - California-born Monique Javer will compete for Britain and against the United States in next month’s Wightman Cup women’s team tennis tournament, officials announced Thursday.

British team officials said the 21-year-old Javer, who was born in Burlingame, Calif., but has an English mother, would team with Jo Durie, Sara Gomer, Julie Salmon and Clare Wood against an American squad consisting of Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, Gigi Fernandez, Mary Joe Fernandez and Betsy Nagelsen.

The event will take place at the Albert Hall Nov.3-5.


TOKYO (AP) - The Chunichi Dragons moved to within one game of their fourth Central League championship by edging the Yakult Swallows 2-1 Thursday on a two-run homer by Toshikatsu Hikono in the eighth inning.

At Hiroshima, a tie-breaking home run by Ryuzo Yamasaki off Matt Keough during a three-run, eighth-inning rally led the Carp to a 4-2 victory over the Hanshin Tigers.

In the Pacific League, former major league batting champ Bill Madlock singled home two runs in the sixth inning to lead the Lotte Orions to a 6-1 victory over the Nankai Hawks at Osaka.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Country music singer Kenny Rogers and his wife Marianne have been chosen to receive the fourth annual Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association J.D. Morgan Award for their contributions to college tennis.

The Rogers, residents of Athens, Ga., financed the construction of the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia campus.

Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe and Jack Kramer have been honored in previous years.


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks have named Ralph Willard, a 16-year veteran of coaching at the high school and college levels, assistant coach- video coordinator, the NBA team announced.

Willard, 42, served as athletic director and head basketball coach at St. Dominic’s High School and was an assistant coach with Hofstra and Syracuse.


LONDON (AP) - Oldham Athletic, a second-division British soccer club, said Thursday it will sign American goalkeeper Winston Dubose.

Manager Joe Royale said he has offered the 32-year-old American a contract until the end of the season. Dubose, who has been playing for Oldham’s reserve team for the past month, is likely to make his first-team debut next week.


PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - The junior league of the United States Tennis Association announced Thursday that four high school seniors have been made recipients of college educational scholarships.

Charletta Carter of Gary, Ind., Susan Killian of Philadelphia, Steven Dennis Muizers of El Paso, Texas, and Donette Stafford of Crossett, Ariz. were chosen on the basis of participation in a local USTA junior program, scholastic ability, academic motivation, personal character and financial need.

The scholarships were started in 1987.


NEW YORK (AP) - Tennis stars Stefan Edberg and Andre Agassi will face each other in the first professional match ever to be played in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, it was announced Thursday.

The match, to be played next Monday, precedes the Marlboro Championships, a 16-man tournament that begins in Hong Kong the following day.

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