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U.S. starts 3-0 in Japan Cup softball

Compiled from Times wires
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published September 1, 2002

Lori Harrigan pitched a three-hitter Saturday, leading the United States past Japan 1-0 in the four-nation Japan Cup softball tournament in Yokohama.

Crystl Bustos doubled in the only run of the game in a rematch of the World Championship final this month in Saskatoon, Canada.

The U.S. team, the Olympic and world champion, also beat winless China 4-0 to close out the preliminary round in first place at 3-0. Japan (2-1) finished second and Australia (1-2) was third.

RUNNING: Paul Mwangi won the inaugural NYC Run to Liberty, a 10-kilometer race through lower Manhattan. Mwangi of Ossining, N.Y., finished in 29 minutes, 35 seconds. Grace Njoki of West Chester, Pa., was the top female finisher in 35:04.

COLLEGES: The host Florida State women's soccer team outshot Oregon State 23-10, took 11 corners to two for OSU and recorded its first opening-day shutout in a scoreless tie. ... In volleyball, Tampa lost to Central Oklahoma State three games to two, but beat St. Edwards 3-1. ... The Eckerd men's soccer team defeated Warner Southern 7-0. ... In Spartanburg, S.C., the Eckerd volleyball team defeated Presbyterian College three games to none, fell to South Carolina Spartanburg 3-0, beat South Carolina Aiken 3-1 and Francis Marion 3-1. ... The host Florida volleyball team completed a sweep of the University Centre Hotel Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Illinois. ... Florida junior Aury Cruz led the Puerto Rican national team in a 3-0 win over the Dominican Republic in the World Volleyball Championships in Dresden, Germany.

CYCLING: France's Nicolas Vouilloz won the men's downhill in the mountain bike world championships in Kaprun, Austria, and France's Anne Caroline Chausson won the women's downhill.

BOXING: Undefeated Brian Viloria won a unanimous 12-round decision over Javier Lagos to take the vacant North American Boxing Federation flyweight title Friday night in New York.

HORSES: Sky Mesa raced to a 1-length victory over Pretty Wild in the $200,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in New York as heavily favored Zavata ran third. ... Andover Hall beat Like A Prayer by a head in a raceoff to win the $550,000 World Trotting Derby at the DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois. ... Ivanavinalot and Lawbook had runaway victories in the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course in Miami. ... Truly a Judge took the lead at the quarter-pole and won by 5 1/4 lengths in the $150,000 Jewel Stakes in the Claiming Crown at Philadelphia Park. ... Souris edged Christmas Time by 2 lengths in the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Arlington Park in Illinois. ... Miss Houdini beat Santa Caterina by a neck in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies in California. ... John McKee rode two winners to tie Cincinnati's River Downs record for an apprentice jockey set by Hall of Famer Steve Cauthen in 1976.

NHL: Panthers general manager Rick Dudley is trying to get 18-year-old defenseman Jay Bouwmeester signed before training camp. ... Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and agent Rich Winter are far apart on a deal for restricted free-agent goalie Milan Hnilicka. ... The Flyers' John LeClair has been cleared to resume skating, 7 1/2 weeks after surgery to remove scar tissue from his back.

SOCCER: Eddie Pope broke a tie in the 84th minute as host D.C. United beat San Jose 4-2 to snap a 10-game winless streak. In other MLS games: Chris Brown beat goalkeeper Zach Thornton with a 20-yard shot in the 90th minute to lift host Kansas City past Chicago 2-1. Columbus goalkeeper Jon Busch made seven saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and visiting New England's Adin Brown stopped five shots for his third shutout of the year in a scoreless tie. ... American goalkeeper Kasey Keller helped Tottenham Hotspur move into first place in England's Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland. ... Brad Friedel, who started over Keller for the United States at this year's World Cup, lost for the first time in four games this season when Middlesbrough beat visiting Blackburn 1-0.

OBITUARY: Joseph McCluskey, who won a bronze medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 1932 Summer Olympics, died at age 91 at his home in Madison, Conn.

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