ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.—Union Baptist Christian School's soccer team was roughed up and routed 10-1 by Mid Vermont Christian School. "We never got our heads into this one," UBCS coach Jon Brady told The Caledonian Record. "We're going to forget about this game and look forward to our next match." The Conquerors (4-5) return to action on Nov. 3 for a 3:30 p.m. home game against the Austine School for the Deaf.
YOKOHAMA, Japan—The Yokohama BayStars won the Japan Series for the first time in 38 years, beating the Seibu Lions 2-1 on Norihiro Komada's two-run, eighth-inning double in Game 6. But tragedy marred the celebration 18 days earlier, when the BayStars clinched the pennant: An ardent and inebriated fan wearing a BayStars jacket jumped off a bridge and drowned. Witnesses say he was shouting praise for his favorite team as he fell.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.—The National Hockey League and its players' association have agreed to let Hasbro Inc. make toys bearing the names and likenesses of NHL players. The deal is an attempt to profit from and bolster the increasing popularity of hockey among children. "Attracting kids to hockey is critical to our strategy for growing our base," said Steve Solomon, the NHL's senior vice president and chief operating officer. Under the deal Hasbro, the nation's second-largest toymaker, plans to begin selling toys and action figures mat can shoot slap shots by next fall. After that, the company plans to market an NHL version of Monopoly and Nerf-brand toys.
KABUL, Afghanistan—The Taliban army, which controls 90% of Afghanistan and enforces a strict interpretation of Islam, asked organizers of both the Asian and the Olympic Games to revise their ban on beards. Taliban men must emulate the unshaven prophet Muhammad or face public beatings. The Taliban's sports minister, Mullah Abdul Shakoor Muttmayan, said that bearded boxers have been barred from international competitions, including three in Pakistan in October. The Taliban hopes to send 40 bearded athletes to the Asian Games in Thailand in December and to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia.
Post Toasts Him
BIRMINGHAM—In the sixth inning of the Birmingham-Southern Fall Classic, Gadsden State's Kevin Horton served up a pitch that Birmingham-Southern's Chad Post hit 450 feet over the left centerfield fence, over some netting and into the parking lot for a home run. After the game, which Gadsden lost 9-7, Horton found that the windshield of his Chevrolet Cavalier had been smashed.
On his backseat, amid the broken glass, was a baseball. The baseball hit by Post.
KINSHASA, Congo—The Congolese Press Agency reported that a lightning bolt killed all 11 soccer players on a team from the village of Bena Tshadi. Investigators, noting that none of the opposing players from a nearby village were injured by the strike, blamed the lightning on witchcraft. Sorcery is often used by locals in an attempt to influence soccer games.