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November 29, 1991

Rinker, Lanner share Australian lead

American Lee Rinker and Swede Mats Lanner upstaged their more celebrated rivals to share the lead after the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Rinker and Lanner shot 5-under-par 67s on the 6,959-yard Royal Melbourne composite course to lead New Zealand's Grant Waite by one stroke.

Rinker and Lanner were among a handful of players to come to terms with the lightning-fast greens. Defending champion John Morse of the United States didn't -- and shot an 80.

Three-time champion Greg Norman had a 76, but predicted he still could win his fourth Australian Open title.

Americans Ben Crenshaw and Jeff Maggert opened with 73s. British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch of Australia and Mac O'Grady of the United States shot 74s.

* Scotland's Bernard Gallacher agreed to remain captain of Europe's Ryder Cup golf team for the next battle against the United States in 1993.

Tennis

Mark Woodforde fought back repeatedly with piercing ground strokes to defeat third seed Jakob Hlasek, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), in the South African Open in Johannesburg.

Top-seeded Petr Korda narrowly avoided an upset by unheralded Grant Stafford with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory, and fourth seed Anders Jarryd swept past Robbie Koenig in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the $100,000 tournament.

Goran Ivanisevic, the second-seeded Yugoslav, overpowered Australian Pat Cash, 6-4, 6-2, and Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, the defending champion and fifth seed, won a grueling, three tie-breaker match over compatriot Gary Muller.

Ferreira, hobbled by a sore knee, used a powerful serve for a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6) victory.

Hockey

Three Toronto Maple Leafs players were robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning outside a Los Angeles fast food restaurant.

The Toronto Star and The Toronto Sun, in reports out of Bloomington, Minn., where the Maple Leafs play the Minnesota North Stars tonight, said goaltender Jeff Reese, left wing Claude Loiselle and defenseman Bob Halkidis were robbed of about $1,000 cash and some jewelry by two armed men.

* The Soviet Union aims to rush through plans for a professional hockey league in a bid to compete with the NHL for players and stem the flow of top talent to the richer rinks of the West.

National coach Viktor Tikhonov, who guided the country to gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, said that Soviet hockey faces disaster if it fails to hang on to its stars.

Tikhonov said he had barred eight players from joining the NHL to keep alive Soviet chances at next February's Winter Games in Albertville, France.

Bowling

David Ozio stretched his lead to 115 pins through six rounds in the Professional Bowlers Association's Bud Light Touring Players Championship in Taylor, Mich.

Ozio won six of eight games en route to a 9,147 pinfall total in the $150,000 event. He's trying to win his second tournament in a row.

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