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published August 25, 2002

Carolina denies Hamm, takes home WUSA title

Mia Hamm has won a World Cup and Olympic gold medal.

Hamm was denied another milestone Saturday when Carolina beat Washington 3-2 in the WUSA championship.

Hamm scored in the 64th minute, but Danielle Fotopoulos scored one goal and set up another for the Courage, who completed a worst-to-first season by winning the Founders Cup in Atlanta.

The Courage, who tied the Freedom for last place in 2001, the league's inaugural season, brought in 11 new players for Year 2.

Hege Riise and Birgit Prinz also scored for the Courage.

Fotopoulos, a former UF All-American, deflected a shot into her net for Washington's first goal. But she scored in the 53rd off a rebound to break a 1-1 tie.

MORE SOCCER: Chris Carrieri scored in the ninth minute as host Colorado beat San Jose 3-0 in an MLS game. ... Daouda Kante scored in the 89th minute to lead visiting New England to a 2-1 victory over Chicago. ... Bobby Rhine scored in overtime to lead host Dallas over Los Angeles 1-0.

HORSES: Taking the lead with a half-mile to go, Medaglia d'Oro held off Repent by a half-length and won the $1-million Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Gygistar caught Boston Common in the stretch and pulled away for a 3-length victory in the King's Bishop, one of three stakes races during the Travers undercard. In the Ballston Spa, Surya prevailed by 91/4 lengths over Shooting Party. In the Fourstardave, Capsized took the lead coming off the final turn and won by 31/4 lengths over Pure Prize. The fields for the three races were reduced after heavy rains sent the scheduled grass races onto the main track and forced dozens of scratches. ... Million Dollar Cam and Art Major won elimination heats for the Cane Pace in Freehold, N.J. The first four finishers in each race earned berths in the Sept.2 final. ... Gemma's Star beat favorite Susie's Poker by 21/2 lengths in the Blazing Sword Stakes at Calder in Miami. ... Worldly Beauty won the Fan Hanover Stakes in Toronto by three-quarters of a length over Precious Delight.

TENNIS: Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 7-5, 6-0 to win the Pilot Pen for the fourth consecutive season in New Haven, Conn., extending her win streak to 13. ... Juan Ignacio Chela reached the TD Waterhouse final after beating Alex Corretja 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in Commack, N.Y. He faces Paradorn Srichaphan, who advanced when Tommy Haas was unable to play because of an injured right arm and elbow, in today's final. ... Lourdes Dominguez Lino was suspended for three months after testing positive for cocaine.

BOXING: Interim champion Oscar Larios beat Manabu Fukushima by TKO in the eighth round to retain the WBC super-bantamweight title in Tokyo. Larios earned the right to face reigning champion Willie Jorin, currently injured, in a unification fight. ... Sven Ottke stopped Joe Gatti in the ninth round to retain his IBF super-middleweight title in Leipzig, Germany. HOCKEY: Goalie Briana Flavill became the first woman to play in Junior A game in the United States when she entered a preseason game as a reserve in Helena, Mont., allowing two goals. She heads to Sacramento for a tryout with a Junior B team.

SWIMMING: American Diana Munz won the 1,500-meter freestyle, but Ian Thorpe won the 400 free and anchored the winning 400 free relay as Australia won four of five races at the Pan Pacific meet in Yokohama, Japan.

WATER POLO: Alexandr Eryshov's two goals gave Russia a 5-4 victory over Italy in the World Cup semifinals in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. It faces Hungary, a 7-5 winner over Yugoslavia, today.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis beat Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs to win the U.S. Championships in Chicago.

PAN AMERICAN GAMES: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was selected to host in 2007.

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