TOKYO, Reuter: World number one Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia heads the field for hte 605,000dollar Japan open tennis tournament starting on April 13, the Japan Tennis Association said.

Other players taking part include Australian open champion Stefan Edberg of Sweden, international players’ champion Miloslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia and leading Americans Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe.

LISBON, Reuter: Benfica had their lead in the Portuguese soccer championship cut to three points when they were held to a goalless draw by Chaves.

Reigning champions Porto, boosted by their European cup semifinal win wover Broendbyernes of Denmark last Wednesday, kept up their challenge for the title with a win over Belenenses. Fernando Gomes scored the only goal after 22 minutes.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: The West Indies won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in the second Rothmans Cup one day cricket international at Eden Park.

The West Indies opted to field the same XI which) convincingly won the opening one day fixture at Carisbrooke last Wednesday by 95 runs.

However, New Zealand sprang a surprise by omitting Jeff Crowe, who will Captain the touring team to Sri Lanka next month.

LONDON, Reuter: England Manager Bobby Robson named an unchanged squad for the European championship qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Only injuries would have disturbed the makeup of the squad after last month’s rousing 42 defeat of Spain in a friendly proved that Robson has the makings of a great side.

Young central defender Tony Adams, who made his debut against Spain, keeps his place despite the return of regular Centre back Mark Wright from injury.

England lead group four with maximum points from two games Northern Ireland have one point from two games.


India beat Pakistan in the third one day cricket international. Both sides scored 212 from 44 overs, but India won because they lost six wickets against Pakistan’s seven.

Pakistan now lead 21 in the six match series.

Scores: India 212 for six, Pakistan 212 for seven.

RABAT, Reuter:

Britain’s Howard Clark won the Moroccan Open Gulf title at the Royal Dar Es Salam course after a tremendous duel with his closest friend Mark James.

Clark slipped one behind after James Birdied the ninth and 10th but leveled with a Birdie at the 12th and then capitalized on mistakes by James at the short 14th and 16th.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands:

Dutchwoman Yvonne Van Gennip set a new world time of seven minutes 20,36 seconds in the women’s 5,000 meter event at an international speed skating meeting.


Two goals by Dutch international striker Marco Van Basten helped Ajax to a 30 win over Sparta Rotterdam and kept them on top of the Dutch first division.

PERTH, Reuter: Opener Mike Velleta scored 262 as Western Australia relentlessly ground their way to 648 for nine in their first innings on the fourth day of the five-day Sheffield shield cricket final against Victoria.

Veletta’ score eclipsed the previous best Western Australian individual score of 243 set by Englishman Golin Milbrin in the 1968 match.

MIAME: Former World Junior Welterweight champion Aaron Pryor pleaded innocent to charges of kidnapping and rape stemming from an incident at his home in Miami last month.

Article extracted from this publication >>  March 27, 1987