Seimone Augustus of LSU scored 18 points to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to the gold medal at the University Games in Izmir, Turkey, with a 79-53 win over Serbia and Montenegro.
The American men advanced to the title game, getting 20 points each from Villanova's Randy Foye and Duke's Shelden Williams in a 120-80 rout of Russia. The U.S. men will play for the championship tomorrow against Ukraine, which beat Serbia and Montenegro, 69-63.
Augustus, the national college player of the year, helped the Americans go 7-0 and earn a sixth gold medal in basketball at the University Games.
* TRACK AND FIELD: Sanya Richards of the United States avenged her world championship loss to Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling, winning the 400 meters in wind and rain at the Weltklasse Golden League meet in Zurich.
Richards finished in 48.92 seconds -- the best time this season -- in conditions similar to those in Helsinki last week. The pair came off the last turn together, but Richards edged her rival by 0.38 of a second. Monique Hennagan of the United States was third in 50.24.
* TENNIS: Wild-card entry Robby Ginepri needed only 56 minutes to knock Australian Open champion Marat Safin out of the $2.45 million Cincinnati Masters Series event. Ginepri advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 over the Russian.
Top-ranked Roger Federer also reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jose Acasuso. . . .
Anastasia Myskina defeated Argentina's Gisela Dulko, 6-4, 7-5, and advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals in Toronto.
Myskina, seeded ninth, will next meet Kim Clijsters, the seventh-seeded Belgian who routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-0, 6-1.
* AUTO RACING: The widow of a worker killed in an accident has sued the Daytona International Speedway, accusing the track of having inadequate safety procedures.
Roy Weaver was picking up debris in February 2004 during the IPOWER Dash Series 150 when Ray Paprota, driving under a caution flag, struck and killed him.
Linda Weaver, of Ormond Beach, Fla., claimed in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that drivers continued to "strike, drive over, desecrate and mutilate" the body of her husband because officials didn't immediately stop the race. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.
Weaver, 44, of Ormond Beach, was the first track worker killed since the speedway opened in 1959. He left behind his wife and three children ages 14 to 19.
David Talley, a speedway spokesman, said company policy prohibited speaking on pending litigation.
* WNBA: Lisa Leslie scored 22 of her 24 points in the first half, and interim coach Joe Bryant won his first game as the Sparks beat the Detroit Shock, 74-67, in Los Angeles.
It was the first game for the Sparks since the team announced its amicable split Wednesday with first-year coach Henry Bibby.
Bryant, the father of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, is expected to handle the head coaching duties for the remainder of the season. . . .
Diana Taurasi scored all 16 of her points in the first half, and the Mercury routed the hapless San Antonio Silver Stars, 91-57, in Phoenix.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Christie Marrone, a 5-foot-6 guard, has transferred to Maryland from Virginia Tech. Marrone played in 29 games for the Hokies, averaging 4.3 points and 1.5 assists per game. The ACC waived its two-year intraconference transfer rule for her, which means Marrone will sit out only one year under NCAA Division I transfer rules and will be eligible to play in the 2006-07 season. She has three years of eligibility remaining.
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