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Nakayama easy winner in Tokyo Marathon

Japan's Takeyuki Nakayama comfortably beat Ireland's John Treacy and Ethiopia's Belayneh Dinsamo Monday in the Tokyo International Marathon.Nakayama ran alone most of the way and finished the 26 miles, 385 yards through Tokyo streets in 2 hours 10 minutes 57 seconds. Treacy, the 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, was second in 2:11:23 and Dinsamo was third in 2:11:32.

Graf expected to be out of action until May Steffi Graf will not need surgery to repair her broken thumb, the world's top-ranked woman tennis player learned Monday, but she also was told she will not be able to resume swinging a racket for about six weeks. Graf, after speaking with doctors, said she is certain she will be ready to play in the French Open starting May 28, and continue her quest for a second Grand Slam. Graf splintered a bone in her right thumb when she fell last week while on skis at the Swiss resort of St. Moritz. Three seeded players - Wally Masur (13), Steve Davis (14) and Jean Fleurian (16) - were eliminated Monday on the opening day of the inaugural SkyDome World tennis tournament in Toronto.

Four Bay area boxers in U.S. Championships Three St. Petersburg boxers and one from Tampa have been named to the 12-man Region III (Southeast) team that will compete Feb. 26 to March 3 in the U.S. Championships at Colorado Springs. The St. Petersburg fighters are Ronald Wright (139 pounds), George Walker (147) and Frederick Adams (201). The Tampa entrant is Jeffery Chavez (106). Gold and silver medalists from the annual tournament, sponsored by the USA Amateur Boxing Federation, qualify for the 1990 Goodwill Games box-off in early June. Bronze medalists advance to the U.S. Olympic Festival in July. David Santos, a 119-pounder from St. Petersburg, lost a 2-1 decision to Myung-Jong Kim over the weekend in the USA-Korea amateur boxing duals in Seoul.

Vikings hire Steeler aide as assistant head coach Offensive coordinator Tom Moore of the Pittsburgh Steelers was hired Monday by the Minnesota Vikings as assistant head coach, a move that will affect the role of offensive coordinator Bob Schnelker. Vikings coach Jerry Burns stressed that Moore is an addition to the staff and not a replacement for Schnelker, who drew widespread public criticism for the team's inability to capitalize on the running talent of Herschel Walker.

Also worth mentioning

Nikki Gianulias set a Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour six-game series record of 1,566 pins Monday and took a 61-pin lead after the third round of the Robby's Open at Alexandria, Va. Dick Garber, the winningest active lacrosse coach in the nation with a 35-year record of 287-137-4, will retire from Massachusetts after this season.

Nikki Gianulias set a Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour six-game series record of 1,566 pins in the third round Monday and held a 48-pin lead over Leanne Barrette after four rounds of the Robby's Open at Alexandria, Va. Left fielder Eric Fisher went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs with a single and a home run to lead Eckerd College (4-1) to an 11-4 victory over Warner Southern (0-3) in college baseball Monday night.

- Compiled by Darrell Proctor.