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U.S. women stay perfect with pounding of Cuba

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 17, 2006


BARUERI, Brazil - Candace Parker had 16 points and nine rebounds to help the United States rout Cuba 90-50 on Saturday in the first game of second-round play in the women's basketball World Championship.

Tina Thompson and Diana Taurasi had 13 points each for the United States, 4-0 in the tournament but credited with a 3-0 mark in Group F because only first-round games against teams that advanced count in second-round standings. Yamile Martinez Calderon had 12 for Cuba.

The United States faces France today.

SOCCER

In EPL, a goal in 16 seconds

Bobby Convey set up one of the fastest goals in English Premier League history when his lob pass enabled Kevin Doyle to score after 16 seconds in Reading's 2-1 victory at Sheffield United. Convey put Doyle in position to beat a defender and score from 12 yards. The league record for the fastest goal is 10 seconds, scored by Ledley King of Tottenham in 2000.

MLS: Jozy Altidore, 16, scored his first goal in his second Major League Soccer game, giving host New York a 1-0 victory over the ColumbusCrew.

TRACK

Gay nabs win in 100 meters

Tyson Gay won the 100 meters in 9.88 seconds and Sanya Richards broke the 22-year-old American 400-meter record at the World Cup in Athens, Greece.

Gay ran close to his personal best of 9.85. The world record is 9.77. Richards breezed home in 48.70, the fastest time of the year. Valerie Brisco held the old mark of 48.83 since the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Former University of Florida NCAA champion Kerron Clement took the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

After the first day of the two-day event, Europe led the men's standings with 76 points, two more than the United States. Russia led the women's events with 65 points, and Europe had 60. The United States was fifth at 49.

TENNIS

Belgium, Italy tie in Fed Cup

Justine Henin-Hardenne responded with a strong run in the second set to defeat Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 7-5, leaving Belgium and Italy tied 1-1 after the opening day of the Fed Cup final in Charleroi, Belgium. Francesca Schiavone gave Italy the early lead by beating Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-3 in the best-of-five format.

Reverse singles and doubles are today, with No. 2 Henin-Hardenne opening against No. 14 Schiavone on the indoor hardcourt at the Spiroudome.

WISMILAK INTERNATIONAL: Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat defending champion Lindsay Davenport 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) to reach the final in Bali, Indonesia.

Kuznetsova, the Wismilak winner in 2002 and 2004, plays for the title today against sixth-seeded Marion Bartoli. Bartoli defeated second-seeded Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

CHINA OPEN: Marco Baghdatis reached his first final since the Australian Open, defeating Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to advance to the title match in Beijing. Baghdatis, seeded third, plays for the title against fourth-seeded Mario Ancic, who rallied past eighth-seeded Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Leader Alexandre Vinokourov won a time trial on his 33rd birthday in the Spanish Vuelta's next-to-last stage. The Kazakh rider completed the 17.1-mile 20th stage from Rivas Futura to Rivas Vaciamadrid in 33 minutes, 39 seconds. He is 1 minute, 12 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Alejandro Valverde of Spain.

FISHING: Mike Iaconelli won the Bassmaster Angler of the Year award, the top honor in bass fishing. ... Dianna Clark won the inaugural women's Bassmaster Angler of the Year.

HORSES: Wanderin Boy led all the way to win the Brooklyn Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park in New York. ... Early favorite Total Truth, chasing the triple crown for 3-year-old pacers, drew the No. 3 post position in a field of 23 horses for the 61st Little Brown Jug on Thursday at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fairgrounds.