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January 23, 1986

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) _ In her 109th pro race, Lyndall Heyer of Vermont defeated New Hampshire’s Abbi Fisher to win the giant slalom of the $30,000 Michelob Light Cup series.

Colorado’s Kim Reichhelm overtook Leslie Baker of Vermont to take third on Wednesday.

Going into the final run, Heyer was at a .185 second disadvantage against former Olympian Fisher. Heyer finished with a .330 seond advantage.

In the fight for third, Reichhelm started the final race .201 seconds behind Baker and came back to finish .501 seconds ahead.

Though she did not advance beyond the challenge round, France Murial Dalmais remains the overall leader in the Womens’ Pro Ski Racing tour with 76 points.

Baker, Heyer and Norway’s Bente Dahlum are tied for second place in the standings with 73 points each.

The racers were to rest today before resuming competition on Friday at Loon Mountain.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks may be hot on the trail of two East European players selected in the 1985 National Hockey League entry draft.

Defenseman Jiri Bubla of the Canucks has returned to his native Czechoslovakia while his family remains in North Vancouver.

The official club line is that Bubla - who hasn’t played since Dec. 13 because of a knee injury - has gone to Prague to attend to personal matters.

But other unnamed Canuck sources claim that Bubla is in Europe on behalf of the NHL team.

The Canucks selected two young Czechoslovakians in the last NHL entry draft: center Robert Kron of the Zetor team in the fourth round; wing Martin Hrstka of Ingstar Brno in the fifth round. Both turn 19 this year.

″All I can say is that I have no comment on Bubla’s whereabouts,″ Darcy Rota, director of player personnel for the Canucks, said Tuesday night.

Bubla, 36, joined the Canucks along with countryman Ivan Hlinka for the 1981-82 NHL season after playing for many years with the national team of Czechoslovakia. Both had permission from their national federation because they were 30 or over.

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - A Hungarian-bred horse trained in Czechoslovakia and the three previous winners of the race were among the 109 entries announced for the Grand National, the world’s most gruelling steeplechase, to be staged at Aintree on April 5.

The entries for the 41/2 -mile race over 30 fences eventually will be cut to 40. But they include 1985 winner Last Suspect, Hallo Dandy, which triumphed two years ago, and Corbiere, the 1983 winner.

The only eastern European visitor is Essex, an eight-year-old gelding, trained and ridden by one of Czechoslovakia’s top jockeys, Vaclav Chaloupka.

Essex has won three of his seven domestic chases, but fell while leading the Valka Pardubicka, regarded as Czechoslovakia’s equivalent of the National.

The last Czechoslovak horse to enter the 149-year-old Grand National was Gyi Lovam, which fell at the feared Becher’s Brook in 1931.