AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Japanese runners swept to the top three places in a slowly-run Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday as Hisayuki Okawa beat Kenichi Sazuki.
Okawa finished in 2 hours, 14 minutes, which was 26 seconds ahead of Suzuki. Iijima Hirata was third in 2:16:26.
Aiduna Aitnafa of Ethiopia was fourth in 2:17:08, followed by Andre Krzyscin of Poland.
The course took runners from the edge of the city through Amsterdam’s historic old town and alongside some of the city’s many miles of canals.
TOKYO (AP) _ Terry Bross allowed two hits in eight innings and doubled home a run in the three-run third as the Central League’s front-running Yakult Swallows beat the Chunichi Dragons 4-1 Sunday at Nagoya.
Bross, formerly with the San Francisco Giants, is 13-5.
The Swallows ended a losing streak at three and have a 5 1/2-game lead over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, who beat the Yokohama Baystars 4-1 at Yokohama.
In the Pacific League, Troy Neel homered in the seventh as the Orix Bluewave, who already have clinched the pennant, blanked the Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 at Tokyo. Neel, formerly with the Oakland Athletics, has 26 homers.
OHIRA, Japan (AP) _ Natusko Noro of Japan shot a 1-under-par 71 Sunday for a two-shot victory in the Miyagi TV Cup Ladies Open golf tournament, her first title on the Japan LPGA tour.
The 29-year-old Noro caught up with second-round leader Hisako Takeda by sinking a 23-foot birdie putt on the par-3 11th and parred the remaining holes, finishing with a 4-under 212 total.
Takeda bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes in a round of 74, finishing at 214.
Noro said she kept telling herself during the final round that ``victory is out of the question.″
Marnie McGuire of New Zealand tied for third at 215 with Mayumi Hirase of Japan. Both shot 71 Sunday on the 6,283-yard, par-72 Hananomori Golf Club course in northern Japan.
TOKYO (AP) _ Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela beat Dave D’Entremont of Middleburg Heights, Ohio 232-215 in the final Sunday and won the U.S.-Japan Pro Bowling Japan Cup tournament.
It was the 34-year-old Monacelli’s second victory in the Japan Cup. He won in 1987 and also was selected PBA Player of the Year in 1989 and 1990.
``I lost my feel in the ball when the tape I was using on my thumb came off because I was sweating so much,″ he said. ``I’ve been consistent in making match play, but this was only my third TV final of the year. Coming to Japan, I decided to really concentrate on the last seven tournaments of 1995.″
The six-man stepladder final at the Tokyo Port Bowl began with No. 5 qualifier Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, beating No. 6 qualifier Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 235-233.
No. 4 qualifier Brian Voss of Atlanta, winner of the 1994 Japan Cup, beat Williams 243-238 and No. 3 qualifier Mike Aulby of Indianapolis beat Voss 280-256.
In the semifinals, Monacelli beat Aulby 248-198.
OGAWAMACHI, Japan (AP) _ Satoshi Higashi shot a 4-under-par 68 Sunday and beat Jumbo Ozaki by one stroke in the Gene Sarazen Jun Classic Golf Tournament.
It was the 34-year-old Higashi’s third victory this season and sixth in his career.
Starting a stroke behind, he overtook Ozaki with birdies on the first and third holes and added two birdies on the back nine, finishing at 18-under-par 270. Ozaki shot three birdies on the back nine, but a bogey on No. 16 left him at 271 after a round of 70.
Hajime Meshiai shot 68 and shared third place at 272 with Hideki Kase, who shot 70 Sunday on the 7,094-yard, par-72 course of the June Classic Golf Club in northeastern Japan.
TOKYO (AP) _ Takanohana won a showdown of grand champions Sunday, pushing out American Akebono and finishing the autumn grand sumo tournament with a 15-0 record.
Takanohana already had clinched his third straight tournament and 11th overall, and Akebono (Chad Rowan of Hawaii) was in position only to keep his fellow grand champion _ or yokozuna _ from recording his third perfect tournament.
But when Akebono tried to pull him down after an exchange of hand thrusts, Takanohana shoved him out. Akebono, who has won eight tournaments, finished this one at 12-3.
It was Takanohana’s first perfect tournament since his promotion last December to yokozuna, sumo’s highest rank.
Wakanohana, Takanohana’s elder brother, sidestepped at the initial charge and let fellow ozeki (champion) Musashimaru go flying out of the ring. Both Wakanohana and Musashimaru (Fiamalu Penitani of Hawaii) finished at 10-5.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Michael Doohan of Australia won the Argentine Motorcycling Grand Prix and clinched the world title for the second consecutive year.
Doohan, 30, retained his title after starting second on the grid on his Honda in the 500cc division.
The victory _ his seventh of the season _ gave him an unbeatable 31-point lead over fellow Australian Daryl Beattie, who ended the race in second place on his Suzuki.
Luca Cadalora of Italy, who started in pole position, was third on his Yamaha.