Originally created 10/13/03

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Boxing

Five ABC members win at tournament

The Augusta Boxing Club had five gold-medal winners at the Fall Boxing Classic in Alpharetta, Ga., on Saturday.

Ten-year-old Deondre Walker won the 60 pound title in his age division, John Stoval captured the 100-pound, 15-year-old title, Nate Stoval took the 140-pound championship in the 17-year-old division, William Hudson won the 200-pound 18-year-old title and Jerry Harvey took the Super Heavy Open crown.

Harvey was named best boxer of the tournament.

Running

First-timer takes Chicago Marathon

Kenya's Evans Rutto has every reason to like the marathon.

He won the Chicago Marathon in his first race at the distance as his countrymen swept the top five places.

Rutto pulled away after 20 miles and ran the rest of the way by himself. His time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds was a world best for a first-time marathoner.

Russia's Svetlana Zak-harova, this year's Boston Marathon winner, captured the women's division in 2:23:07.

Rutto beat the previous debut mark of 2:06:47, set by Wilson Onsare in Paris this year. Rutto was just shy of the Chicago course record of 2:05:42, run last year by Khalid Khannouchi.

Rutto, a top runner in shorter distances, was followed by Paul Koech in 2:07:07 for the 26.2 miles, more than a minute behind. Daniel Njenga, second last year, was third in 2:07:41. Peter Chebet and Jimmy Muindi completed the top five.

Horse racing

Funny Cide trainer sets race schedule

In New York, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide will run in this month's Breeders' Cup Classic and skip the $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park.

"We had discussed the Breeders' Cup and, if we were going to do it, I wanted to get him a work around two turns," trainer Barclay Tagg said.

Tagg said the 3-year-old gelding would have one more workout next weekend at Belmont Park before shipping to California on Oct. 22 for the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 25.

As of Saturday, Funny Cide was considered a probable starter for the Empire Classic on Oct. 18, but Tagg had concerns. His horse has not run since finishing third in the Haskell on Aug. 3.

  • In New York, Spectacular Moon, the longest shot in the field at 28-1, staged a late rally and won the Astarita Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
  • Smokume won the co-featured Cowdin Stakes, also for 2-year-olds.

  • In Lexington, Ky., Summer Mis edged three other horses at the finish line to win the $125,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland.
  • Tennis

    Clijsters defends top player ranking

    In Filderstadt, Germany, maybe Kim Clijsters should try this formula before Grand Slam tournaments: take a week off and play with her dog.

    It sure worked with No. 1 on the line.

    Clijsters defended her place atop the WTA Tour rankings by rallying to beat No. 2 Justine Henin-Hardenne 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 for the Porsche Grand Prix title in another all-Belgian final.

    Clijsters is the only woman to reach No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam championship. She's 0-3 in major finals.

    "I don't care what they say," Clijsters said. "Even if I stay the only No. 1 never to have won a Grand Slam title, then I'll be in the record books, won't I? That's good, too."

    She didn't touch a racket the week before the Porsche GP, nursing a sprained ankle.

    "Maybe I should get injured more often. All I did all week was swim and play with my dog," Clijsters said.

  • In Lyon, France, top-seeded Rainer Schuettler won his second straight tournament, defeating Arnaud Clement 7-5, 6-3 to capture the Lyon Open.