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European final pits Germany vs. Greece

By wire services
Published September 25, 2005

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - Dirk Nowitzki's basket with 3.9 seconds left lifted Germany past Spain 74-73 on Saturday and into the final of the European Championship.

Germany will face Greece, which rallied to beat France 67-66 on a 3-pointer by Dimitrios Diamantidis. The win sends Greece into its first tournament final since 1989.

Nowitzki finished with 27 points and seven rebounds, going 5-for-10 from 3-point range. No other German scored in double figures.

Jose Calderon, who will play for the Toronto Raptors next season, missed a 3-point attempt for Spain at the buzzer.

Juan Carlos Navarro, who scored Spain's last 10 points, also finished with 27.

SOCCER: This venue wasn't part of World Cup plans

A four-story brothel complete with a pool and movie theater is set to open in Berlin in time for the 2006 World Cup.

The Artemis brothel near the Olympic Stadium will accommodate up to 650 men and 100 women, said Norman Jacob, the lawyer representing its backers. Germany legalized prostitution in 2003.

"I think people will want to come here because it has a very nice atmosphere," Jacob said.

Jacob denied the brothel was built to capitalize on the crowds that will flood Germany for the soccer showcase that begins in June. But he acknowledgedArtemis' proximity to soccer stadiums would be convenient.

MLS: Rookie midfielder James Riley scored his first goal in the 85th minute to help host New England clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over New York/New Jersey.

STREAKS STOPPED: Host Hamburg ended Bayern Munich's record 15-game winning streak in German soccer's Bundesliga with a 2-0 victory. ... Blackburn won at Manchester United for the first time since 1962, a 2-1 victory in the English Premier League.

COLLEGES

CROSS COUNTRY: The USF men's team finished in 16thout of 38 teams while the women were 13th of 26 at the John "Patty" Doyle/Iona College Meet of Champions in New York.

VOLLEYBALL: Eckerd College defeated Nova Southeastern 30-26, 30-27, 22-30, 30-25 in Fort Lauderdale to improve to 9-5 (3-2 Sunshine State).

GOLF: The Florida women improved their standing by two spots at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Franklin, Tenn., moving from 12th-place into 10th with a 601 entering today's final round. Sophomore Tiffany Chudy shot 73 and is tied for 22nd at 4-over 148.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Jessica Potter scored the game's lone goal as host Flagler College defeated Eckerd 1-0. The Tritons fell to 2-7.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Germany's Regina Schleicher won the road race at the world championships in Madrid, Spain, edging Britain's Nicole Cooke by a length. Schleicher covered the 78 miles in 3 hours, 8 minutes, 52 seconds. Dymtryo Grabovskyy won the 104-mile under-23 road race in 3:56.23. The championship finishes today with the men's elite event.

HORSE RACING: Mia's Reflection, with Manoel Cruz aboard, raced from the back of the pack to win the $150,000 Brave Raj Breeders' Cup Stakes at Calder Race Course in Miami . Blazing Rate made the third start of his career and faced two turns for the first time to win the $150,000 Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup Stakes. In her second start of the season, Aclassysassylassy won the $75,000 Judy's Red Shoes Stakes . Dream On Dream On led the entire way to win the $75,000 Needles Stakes.

RUNNING: Australia's Craig Mottram won the Fifth Avenue Mile, pulling away from premier American miler Alan Webb in the final quarter mile. Mottram finished in 3 minutes, 49.9 seconds. Webb finished at 3:51.4.

Canada's Carmen Douma-Hussarwon the women's race in 4:28, edging Americans Amy Rudolph (4:28.5) and Treniere Clement (4:28.7).

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