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published September 9, 2002

Yugoslavia in OT over Argentina for gold

Yugoslavia came back from an eight-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes and survived a pair of missed free throws by Vlade Divac to beat Argentina 84-77 in overtime Sunday for the gold medal at the World Championships in Indianapolis.

Divac missed two free throws with 5.9 seconds left, leaving the score tied at 75. Argentina rebounded and got the ball to Hugo Sconochini, who drove to the basket and went down hard as he missed the shot just before the buzzer.

Argentina complained that a foul should have been called. Replays showed Marko Jaric of Yugoslavia making contact with Sconochini.

Peja Stojakovic hit a 3-pointer on Yugoslavia's first possession of overtime to put Yugoslavia ahead for good. He scored 26 and Dejan Bodiroga had 27.

In the third-place game, Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 of his 29 points in the first half as Germany won 117-94 over New Zealand. Phil Jones had 26 for New Zealand.

The United States lost its third in a row Saturday night, falling 81-75 to Spain in the fifth-place game. Spain closed with a 9-0 run as the American team failed to score in the final 2:38.

Borislav Stankovic, FIBA's secretary general, announced that the FIBA would like to expand the next World Championships in 2006 from 16 teams to 24 teams.

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MORE BASKETBALL: Texas Tech coach Bob Knight had surgery for an intestinal obstruction related to scar tissue within the abdomen. Knight's doctors said surgery went well.

SOCCER: Mia Hamm had three goals and three assists as the U.S. women scored six second-half goals to rout Scotland 8-2 in an exhibition in Columbus, Ohio. ... In MLS, Columbus defender Brian Dunseth's own goal gave host San Jose a 4-3 overtime win Saturday.

HORSES: Wonder Again extended her winning streak to four with a half-length victory in the $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont. ... Rock of Gibraltar beat Banks Hill by a half-length to win the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp, Paris, claiming a record seventh straight Group I victory. ... Voodoo Dancer rallied under Kent Desormeaux to win the $150,000 Palomar Handicap by 2 lengths on the turf at Del Mar.

BOXING: Attila Levin of Pembroke Pines won a unanimous decision over Ross Puritty of Norman, Okla., in a their heavyweight fight at Great Plains Arena in Lawton, Okla.

SKIING: Canada's Steve Omischl and Veronika Bauer won their World Cup aerials events at Mount Buller, Australia.

COLLEGES: Host Jacksonville women's soccer defeated South Florida 2-0. ... Host UCF women's soccer beat Florida Atlantic 2-0. ... Host Florida women's soccer won 1-0 over Nebraska. ... Florida State women's soccer lost 2-1 to LSU in the final match of the Seminole Invitational.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The top-ranked teams of Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs and Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren won the Paul Mitchell Association of Volleyball Professionals Shootout on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

RUNNING: Morocco's Hicham el Guerrouj won the 1,500 meters at the Rieti Grand Prix IAAF in Italy, finishing in 3 minutes, 26.96 seconds. American Suzy Hamilton won the women's 1,500 meters in 3:59.43. Other American winners were Anjanette Kirkland in the women's 100 hurdles, Allen Johnson in the men's 110 hurdles and Joey Woody in the 400-meter hurdles.

SURFING: Paul Canning of South Africa eliminated Cory Lopez of Indian Rocks Beach in an upset in Round 3 of the Boost Mobile Pro at San Clemente, Calif., on the World Championship Tour.

OBITUARY: Drag boat racer Dale Wesley Anderson, 47, of Newport Beach, Calif., died when his vessel became airborne and flipped during a National Jet Boat Association race on Lake Ming in Bakersfield, Calif.

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