LONDON, Reuter: Diego Maradona is refusing to panic after Napoli’s second league defeat of the season trimmed their lead at the top to three points.

At the beginning of this month Napoli were apparently cantering towards their first title, but a couple of stumbles since have given renewed hope to the posse of clubs tracking Maradona and his men.

10 defeat by International, following a 00 draw with Roma last week, has awakened doubts about Napoli’s durability but Captain Maradona refuses to accept that his team are beginning to look fragile.

“The Championship race has not reopened. In a championship you can also lose some games, it’s not a big tragedy and it doesn’t change everything,” Maradona said.

Roma, leaders of the pursuing pack, agree Napoli still have a huge advantage. “Napoli can permit themselves the luxury of losing another game. We, of course, will continue to play to win,” said Roma’s Swedish Manager Sven Goran Eriksson. NEW ORLEANS: Ben Crenshaw collected the 13th tour title of his career as he captured the $00,000 dollar New Orleans classic with a brilliant 72hole total of 20under par 268.

Article extracted from this publication >>  March 27, 1987