Navy won the men's lightweight title at the National Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships on the Cooper River yesterday in Camden, N.J.

Undefeated Harvard rowed to an open water victory over Washington and California in the varsity eight final.

Harvard took an early lead on the 2,000-meter course, extending it to open water with about 700 meters to go to win in 5 minutes 53.18 seconds.

Washington overcame California in the final 200 meters to grab second place by a quarter of a length.

Washington won the second varsity crown, and California took the freshman title.

Wisconsin captured the women's lightweight title.

* TRACK AND FIELD: U.S. shot putter Christian Cantwell raised his arms in victory -- then went to check the tape measure to confirm what he already knew.

His throw of 73 feet 111/2 inches at the Oregon Track Classic in Gresham was the world's best this year. It also was his career best.

"That was good," he said with a smile. "That was easy."

Cantwell, the 2004 world indoor champion, held the world's previous outdoor best this year, a throw of 73-4 at the Home Depot Invitational last month in Carson, Calif.

* CYCLING: Giro d'Italia champion Damiano Cunego won the Memorial Pantani race in Cesena, Italy.

The race is named after Marco Pantani, the late Italian cycling star who died of cocaine poisoning last February.

"I want to dedicate this victory to Marco, who was my idol," Cunego said after beating fellow Italian Franco Pellizotti in a two-way sprint.

Cunego won the 20-stage Giro last Sunday in his second year as a pro.

Pantani, one of the most popular Italian cyclists ever, won the Giro and Tour de France in 1998.

* PRO FOOTBALL: Right tackle Ryan Tucker signed a four-year contract extension through 2009 with Cleveland after a season in which he was the Browns' only offensive player to start all 16 games.

The extension is part of an effort by the Browns to sign their more productive veterans to long-term deals.

"His leadership and resiliency are such positive attributes, and his dedication and work ethic exemplify what it takes to excel at the highest level," Coach Butch Davis said.

* RUNNING: Marla Runyan won the Freihofer's Run for Women for the third straight year, finishing two seconds off the course record in the five-kilometer race in Albany, N.Y.

Runyan of Eugene, Ore., who is legally blind, was timed in 15:26. Elva Dryer of Albuquerque was next in 15:42 in the field of about 3,500 runners.

The record was set in 1995 by Lynn Jennings, who won the race four straight times.

* AUTO RACING: Ryan Hunter-Reay, who took an upset victory last year on the road course in Surfers Paradise, Australia, with the help of a hailstorm and a well-timed pit stop, needed no acts of nature or lucky breaks to win the Road Runner 250 in West Allis, Wis.

The 23-year-old American started from the pole and led every lap, the first Champ Car World Series driver to do that on an oval track since Bobby Rahal won a 200-lapper at Phoenix in 1992.

-- From News Services

Torchbearer Gary Neiwand cycles with Olympic flame past Melbourne, Australia, skyline. The Olympic flame travels to 34 cities in 27 countries en route to Athens.