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Auto Racing

North Augusta man captures win, title

In Lebanon, Tenn., Paul Brewer, of North Augusta, took the Sports Car Club of America's ITT class win at the Music City Shootout at Nashville Superspeedway.

The victory clinched the SCCA PRO-IT ITT championship for the second year and a row and his third consecutive Atlanta Region SCCA ITT title.

Golf

Timmerman claims amateur tour event

In Saluda, S.C., Ernie Timmer-man birdied twice on the back nine and shot 78 on Saturday to win the Augusta Amateur Golf Tour event at Persimmons Hill Golf Club.

Mike Harrison had 87 to finish second in the championship flight. Tony Higgins (84) took top honors in the B Flight, and Tony Martin (89) won the C Flight.

Track and Field

Americans wrap up record performance

The dress rehearsal was a smash. Next comes the big show in Beijing.

The U.S. track and field team never had a better performance at any world track and field championships than the one it had in Osaka.

In the nine days of competition, gold medals came in the sprints, the distance races, the pole vault and the shot put, the last of which was won by Lakeside High graduate Reese Hoffa.

The Americans will be back in Asia in less than a year, and the team they field for the Olympic Games undoubtedly will be a strong one.

Allyson Felix and Tyson Gay lead the way by winning three golds apiece. Gay was the third man to do it at a worlds, Felix the second woman.

Out of the 26 medals the U.S. won, 14 were gold.

WNBA

Nolan's timely run gives Shock series

In Auburn Hills, Mich., a day after scoring 15 points in the second quarter of Detroit's victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, Deanna Nolan had a franchise playoff-record 30 points as the Shock advanced to the championship round with a 81-65 victory in Game 3.

The Fever led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, but Nolan scored 20 points in a 14-minute span to pull Detroit back into the game.

Olympics

Struggles may leave Russia out of final

In Stuttgart, Germany, a disabling injury to one of Russia's best gymnasts, along with a similarly bad break for teammate Anton Golotsutskov, left the Russians without a complete team in qualifying and in danger of missing team finals at the world gymnastics championships.

Russia finished the first rotation of the day with 362.175 points, 8.55 behind Japan,.

Defending champion China was scheduled to compete Monday night. The Americans, needing to improve on last year's 13th-place finish to secure a spot at the Beijing Olympics, go today.

- No American cities were among the eleven that have applied to host the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

The IOC will pick a shortlist of finalist cities Nov. 12, and it choose the host city by postal vote in February 2008.

Horse Racing

Prado out six weeks with a broken ankle

Edgar Prado, who rode Barbaro to a Kentucky Derby victory in 2006, will be sidelined at least six weeks after breaking his right ankle at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Prado was hurt Saturday when his mount, Admiral Bird, stumbled after running the seventh race. He was released from Albany Medical Center on Monday.

In racing action at the track, Majestic Warrior went from last to first to win the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes.

Earlier in the day, Rosinka won the $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap under Jeremy Rose when she held off a late run from Mauralakana.

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