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Sports in brief: England, France stumble into quarterfinals at European Championship

soccer

england, france reach euro quarters

WARSAW, Poland — England and France failed to impress but advanced to the European Championship quarterfinals Tuesday amid yet another goal-line controversy.

England striker Wayne Rooney returned after a two-match ban to score in the 48th minute and secure a 1-0 win over Ukraine in Donetsk, a result that eliminated the Euro 2012 co-hosts. Ukraine was denied an equalizer when the Hungarian match officials ruled Marko Devic's 62nd-minute shot had not crossed the line, despite replays indicating it had.

France progressed runnerup despite being beaten 2-0 by Sweden, which lost its first two matches. Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a stunning volley in the 54th and Sebastian Larsson scored the second in stoppage time in Kiev, Ukraine.

horses

Winning time changed in '73 Preakness

Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness has been changed to reflect that the Triple Crown-winning colt's time was actually faster than the stakes record.

The Maryland Racing Commission voted 7-0 in a special hearing at Laurel Park in Baltimore to change the official time of the race from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53. That gives Secretariat records in each of his three Triple Crown races — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — that still stand.

The commission investigated the official timing of the Preakness at the request of Secretariat's 90-year-old owner, Penny Chenery, and Pimlico president Tom Chuckas.

"I didn't know if it was appropriate to cheer but I couldn't help myself," Chenery said. "This is a big day."

tennis

Tough outing for top seeds at tuneup

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was among the top three women's seeds to fall in the first round of the Eastbourne Championships in England.

Kvitova was the first to exit, going down 7-5, 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova. She was followed out of the grasscourt tournament by top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who fell 6-2, 6-4 to Tsvetana Pironkova.

Defending champ Marion Bartoli beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2. Christina McHale upset third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4.

Andy Roddick claimed his first win in seven matches when Sam Querrey retired because of a back injury with Roddick leading 5-2. Top-seeded Richard Gasquet was upset 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) by Marinko Matosevic.

Unicef Open: Kim Clijsters advanced to the quarterfinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands, with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko.

olympics

McCrory holds slim lead at diving trials

Nick McCrory's consistency overcame David Boudia's perfection in the 10-meter platform preliminaries at the U.S. diving trials in Federal Way, Wash.

McCrory totaled 512.80 points over six rounds to narrowly stay ahead of Boudia (508.80). The duo partners on 10-meter synchro own a commanding lead going into Thursday's final in that event.

Thomas Finchum, who finished 12th on platform in Beijing, was third at 496.95.

In women's 3-meter springboard, Cassidy Krug was in first with 359.40 points during the five-round preliminary session.

Gymnastics alters tiebreak: The International Gymnastics Federation announced simplified tiebreak formulas that again allow for the possibility of shared medals. In event finals, for example, the execution mark would serve as the first tiebreak, followed by the difficulty score. If the gymnasts are still tied, that result will stand.

et cetera

WNBA: Kara Lawson had 22 points and four rebounds and host Connecticut outlasted Indiana 88-85 in overtime. Tina Charles had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Sun, which has won six of its past seven games. … Cappie Pondexter had 14 points and a season-high 13 assists and Essence Carson added 14 points in New York's 73-60 victory over host Atlanta.

Golf: The Principal Financial Group will remain the title sponsor of the Champions Tour event in Iowa through 2015, even though it needs to find a new course to host the tournament. Principal has signed a three-year deal to stay on as the main sponsor, but Glen Oaks general manager Bill Kirkendall said the club in Des Moines, Iowa, won't host the event in 2013.

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