While the Australian women's lacrosse team celebrated its second World Cup title with a group hug at midfield yesterday, the United States squad huddled together on the sideline, stunned and disappointed over being denied a fifth straight championship.

Former University of Maryland star Jen Adams had four goals and three assists, leading Australia to a 14-7 victory to win the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations' World Cup in Annapolis.

"We've been preparing for this for 18 months," Adams said. "This is the result of a lot of sweat and sacrifice. It's been a long journey, an exciting journey, and we displayed some incredible lacrosse out here. I think this is the best team ever to leave Aussie soil."

Sarah Forbes had three goals and three assists for the Australians, who used a five-goal run in the middle of the first half to go up 6-2, then stretched the margin to six with 26 minutes left.

The champions finished 7-0-1 in the tournament, the lone flaw a 7-7 tie with the U.S. in pool play.

In the rematch before 6,000 fans at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Australians essentially decided to ignore the collection of stars wearing red, white and blue.

"We came out ready to play Australian lacrosse," Adams said. "We played a faceless team out there. We decided it would be all about us."

* SOCCER: Argentina won the World Youth Championship in Utrecht, Netherlands, defeating Nigeria, 2-1, on Lionel Messi's two penalty kicks for a record fifth title.

Messi, a Barcelona midfielder, finished as the top scorer in tournament with six goals. Nigeria was seeking Africa's first title in FIFA's championship for players under 20.

Defending champion Brazil finished in third place in the three-week, 24-nation event, defeating Morocco, 2-1, behind late goals by Edcarlos and Rafael Sobis.

* PRO BASKETBALL: The Knicks signed Channing Frye and Nate Robinson, two of their three first-round picks. Terms were not disclosed.

Frye, a center from Arizona, was the eighth overall pick in Tuesday's draft. The 22-year-old player from White Plains, N.Y., averaged 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in four seasons with the Wildcats. He is second in Pac-10 history in career blocked shots with 258.

Robinson, a 5-foot-9 guard from Washington, was taken 21st overall by Phoenix and acquired by New York in a trade that sent Quentin Richardson to the Knicks and forward Kurt Thomas to the Suns.

-- From News Services