Randy LaJoie, the defending Busch Grand National Series champion, began the new season with a victory in the Gargoyles 300 at Daytona International Speedway. … John Mazza opened with a gutter ball, then recovered to win his seventh PBA title, beating Parker Bohn III 227-156 in the inaugural Brentwood Classic at Brentwood, Calif.
Former Washington governor Booth Gardner was hired as commissioner of the National Soccer Alliance, an eight-team women’s professional league set to begin play in 1998.
Chad Carvin of Laguna Hills, Calif., won his third national swimming title in two days with an impressive victory in the 400-meter freestyle at Buffalo, N.Y. … At Mar Del Plata, Argentina, boxer Jorge Castro of Argentina denied former champion Roberto Duran his 100th career victory, beating the 45-year-old owner of the “hands of stone” by a unanimous decision.
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