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March 10, 1995

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ John Long scored 27 points Friday night as Magic Johnson’s All Stars beat the Australian national team 114-112.

The victory was the 37th in a row for Johnson’s team, and its third straight over the Australians.

Mark Aguirre scored 23 points for the Americans and Mike McGee had 17.

Former Stanford forward Andrew Vlahov led Australia with 24 points.

Johnson’s play was limited because of an injury to his left calf muscle.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Irishman Darren Clarke fired a 2-under-par 70 in the second round Friday and led the Malaysian Open by one stroke with a 137 total.

Carlos Espinosa of Mexico moved into second place with a course-record 66.

American Lee Porter has a 139 after a 71.

Clay Devers, another American, shared fourth place at 140 with Australian Andrew Bonhomme.


SANTA MARINELLA, Italy (AP) _ Nicola Minali of Italy won the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Friday, beating Slovak Jan Svorada and Uzbek Djamolidine Abdujaparov in final sprint.

Maximilian Sciandri retained his overall lead, with a one-second edge over Mario Manzoni of Italy.

Minali captured his first victory of the season, sprinting into the lead 200 meters from the finish and fighting off Svorada comeback.

He completed the 103 1/2-mile flat course from Anagni in 4 hours, 2 minutes, 34 seconds at an average speed of 25.610 mph.


MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ Italian Mario Saligari captured the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race Friday, and Laurent Jalabert of France retained the overall lead.

Saligari finished the 111 miles from Avignon to Marseille just ahead of two other Italians, Paolo Fornaciari and Francesco Frattini. They broke away from the main pack with about 44 miles left in the stage.


CHICAGO (AP) _ Richard Duchossois, owner of Arlington International Racecourse, passed the daily operations of the track to two top executives.

Duchossois, 73, says he still will be involved in key decisions at the track, but that Scott Mordell and Robert Bork will handle most other operations.

Mordell was promoted from chief operating officer to chief executive officer. Bork, vice president and general manager, became chief operating officer.

``I will look at the racetrack more as an investment now,″ Duchossois said. ``This is not a new development. I’ve had my team in place and we just got around to announcing it.″


DEN BOSCH, Netherlands (AP) _ After four failed bids, this southern Dutch city Friday officially heard that it will be the starting point for cyclists in the 1996 Tour de France.

At an official ceremony Jean-Marie Leblanc, the Tour’s General Director and Den Bosch Mayor Don Burgers signed documents that confirmed the city as host of the first stage of the world’s best-known cycle road race.

The 5-mile prologue time trial will start here on Saturday, June 29 next year followed the next day by the 124-mile first stage which will start and finish in this historic Dutch cathedral city.

Den Bosch is the fourth Dutch city to stage the prologue.


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Khalifa al-Mataywi, driving a Toyota Celica GT4, gave Dubai’s Victory Rally Team a fast start on the FIA Middle East Championship by winning the U.A.E. International Rally on Friday.

The race was the opener of a seven-event circuit to be staged in other Middle East countries over the next few months.

Mataywi finished the two-day, 400-mile event 22 minutes ahead of the Group N Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 driven by Tanzanian Sadiq Fazal, who is based in the United Arab Emirates.


MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ China ran its winning streak to seven games by beating Thailand 98-45 Friday in the semifinals of the Asian Basketball Confederation Junior Championship.

The victory put the defending champions into the finals on Saturday against South Korea, which beat Jordan 69-51 in the other semifinal.

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