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Zola Budd Winner in Portugal

March 25, 1985

Zola Budd of Britain led from start to finish to win the women's title in the World Cross-Country Championships at Lisbon.

Carlos Lopes of Portugal, the Olympic marathon gold medalist, won the men's title for the third time.

The United States won the women's team title, while Ethiopia won the men's title. The U.S. men finished third.

Budd, 18, running barefoot over the grass course, was clocked in 15 minutes 1 second for 5,000 meters.

Cathy Branta of the United States was second and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway was third.

Grete Waitz of Norway, a five-time champion, and defending champion Maricica Puica of Romania did not compete.

Despite rumors that anti-apartheid demonstrators might try to interfere with the race, no incidents were reported.

Quarterback Steve Young of the Express was listed as questionable for next Sunday's game against the Oakland Invaders after suffering a knee injury Saturday night, team spokesman Bob Rose said.

"It's a hyperextended knee," Rose said. "It's really a day-to-day situation."

Young suffered the injury on an 18-yard run against the Outlaws at Tempe, Ariz. The Outlaws won, 27-13.

A member of the East Carolina University track and field team died Sunday when the van in which he and eight other athletes were riding flipped over as the team returned from a meet in Georgia, authorities said in Wilson, N.C.

Erskine Evans, 22, a junior from Greenville, N.C., died about 11 a.m. in Pitt County Memorial Hospital following the accident on U.S. 264 in Wilson County about 18 miles west of Wilson.

The team was returning from the Georgia Relays in Athens, Ga., when one of two vans carrying athletes ran off the highway about 2 a.m., said Bob Helmick, associate athletic director.

Evans, a physical education major who ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes, died of massive head injuries.

New Zealand's government-appointed race relations conciliator, Hiwi Tauroa, said in Wellington, N.Z., that the country's rugby union team should not tour South Africa.

"New Zealand wishes the freedom to compete in sport, but the freedom of the black South African should be an issue which transcends the enjoyment of any sport," Tauroa said.

A decision on whether a rugby union tour of South Africa goes ahead is expected Saturday after representatives of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union meet Prime Minister David Lange.

The government has opposed the tour but has said it will not withdraw passports to stop players from going.

Finland's Matti Nykaenen clinched the World Cup ski jumping title by taking the 90-meter event at Strbske Pleso, Czechoslovakia.

Nykaenen won the 70-meter jump Saturday.

He won the World Cup title with 224 points, followed by Andreas Felder of Austria with 198 and Jens Weissflog of East Germany with 151.

The $145,350 Miller Time 500 at Martinsville Speedway was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for April 6, speedway officials said in Martinsville, Va.

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