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March 11, 1991

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) _ Steven Richardson moved to the top of the PGA European Tour money list with his second-place finish in last weekend’s Baleares Open.

Richardson, an Englishman who finished one stroke behind Gavin Levenson, won more than $58,000 in the tournament and now has earnings of $145,836 after two events this season.

Ian Woosnam of Wales is second on the list with $126,654, while Michael McLean of Britain is third and South Africa’s Levenson is fourth.

The top American on the list is Glen Day, in 48th place with $11,318.


ROME (AP) - Mircea Lucescu was fired as coach of Pisa after his team lost 2-1 to Cagliari on Sunday.

Pisa management said the move was intended to provide a psychological boost for the club, which is battling to avoid demotion to the second division. Lucescu, the former coach of Dynamo Bucharest, will be replaced by interim coach Luca Giannini.

After a fast start in which the team gained seven points in its first four games, Pisa gradually dropped in the standings. With the loss to Cagliari, Pisa and Cagliari are tied for 15th place in the 18-team league with 17 points. Both teams are likely to drop into the second division along with Cesena and Bologna.


OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Salevaa Fuauli Atisanoe lost his first match but fellow Hawaiian Chad Rowan forced Kirishima of the ring Monday in the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

The 524-pound Atisanoe (1-1) pushed the 299-pound Takatoriki (2-0) to the edge twice with hand thrusts. Takatoriki twisted away each time and, when Atisanoe lost his balance, pushed him out of the ring from behind.

Rowan (1-1) attacked Kirishima with fierce hand thrusts to the throat, grabbed his foe’s belt tightly and forced him out of the ring.

In the top junior division, Fiamal Penitani of the United States drove Komafudo out of the ring and Jose Antonio Juarez of Argentina forced out Yoshiwaka.

In the second-highest junior division, Kareo Kekawoha of the United States pushed Wakatamade out of the ring. William Horkins of the United States was driven out of the ring by Kasugaumi.


OSLO, Norway (AP) - A Norwegian amateur soccer player has been charged with assault for fouling and badly injuring an opposing player.

Bus driver Paal Arne Langaas, 25, was banned from two games in a company soccer league as a penalty for tripping an opponent who was in scoring position, the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet reported.

The fouled player, who was not named in the report, broke a leg and injured a hand during the May 1989 game. He sued for compensation and filed a police complaint last year, the newspaper said.

″I stuck my foot out. I should not have done it,″ Langaas was quoted as saying. ″All I wanted to do was stop a goal. In the heat of game, a lot of other players might have done the same.″

Prosecuting attorney Gunnar Evjemo said he had not encountered a similar case, but filed the charges to test the case in court.

″A real assault on a teammate or opponent is a violation that is punishable by law. They are not outside the law because they are on a sports playing field, ″ he told Dagbladet. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of three years.


SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Falcon Jet outdueled Flying Finn in the stretch Sunday for a one-length victory in the Latin American Jockey Clubs Association’s Caesar’s Palace Classic.

The 4-year-old won $100,000, the largest prize in Brazilian racing, for Santa Aana Stables of Rio Grande. Falcon Jet, ridden by Jorge Ricardo, went off at 5-1, while Flying Finn, ridden by Juvenal Machado da Silva, went off at 7-2.

The Argentine horse Tamerlan, ridden by C.R. Sanguinetti, was another 1 lengths back in third.

Falcon Jet, who won for the 10th time in 15 races, took the lead in the final 100 yards of the 1 1/4 -mile race at Sao Paulo’s Hipodromo track. The 12-horse field included horses from Chile, Argentina and Peru.