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Chang wins second Cup

Published Oct. 1, 2005

Michael Chang recovered from a shaky start and went on to win consecutive Champions Cups Sunday at Indian Wells, Calif.

Chang, who also won the tournament in 1992, defeated Bohdan Ulihrach 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Chang came back after losing the first set to take the edge in the second when he broke Ulihrach's serve for a 5-3 lead. Chang then served out, ending the set with one of his 12 aces.

Chang was steady if not spectacular as he went on to close out the match in rather routine fashion. Chang won $337,000 while Ulihrach took home the biggest paycheck of his career, $177,000.

MORE TENNIS: Thomas Johansson won his first ATP tour title, beating second-seeded Martin Damm 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Copenhagen Open. Andrei Olshovskiy and Brett Steven teamed to win the doubles title.

LOUISIANA DERBY: Crypto Star threw jockey Pat Day before the race, hit the side of the gate at the start and fell far behind, but finished strong to win the $400,000 race in New Orleans. Crypto Star, 14{-lengths behind 3-5 favorite Smoke Glacken with a half-mile remaining, closed fast to beat Stop Watch by a head. As the 4-1 second choice, Crypto Star, who ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 3/5, paid $10.80, $5 and $2.60. Stop Watch, an 11-1 outsider, paid $8.20 and $3.40. Smoke Glacken returned $2.10.

SAN FELIPE STAKES: Free House, a 10-1 shot, overtook King Crimson entering the final turn, then held off favored Silver Charm to win the $252,400 race at Santa Anita by }-length. Ridden by David Flores and carrying 119 pounds, Free House covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 2/5 and paid $23.40, $6.20 and $4.20. Silver Charm crossed the finish line one length in front of King Crimson and returned $3 and $2.40. King Crimson paid $3.80.

FIGURE SKATING: World champion Todd Eldredge outskated Canada's Elvis Stojko in the first qualifying round of the World Championships at Lausanne, Switzerland. Eldredge completed seven clean triple jumps, including two triple-triple combinations, to top Stojko and qualify to defend his 1996 title _ probably without the quad. European champion Alexei Urmanov hit an astonishing high-flying quad and Ilya Kulik, the No. 2 skater in the world, matched the quad, but Urmanov had one more triple with six. American Michael Weiss placed fourth, but Dan Hollander failed to make the cut with an 18th-place qualifying round. Hollander's poor placing could cost the United States an Olympic berth at Nagano, Japan, depending on how Eldredge and Weiss finish.

AMERICA'S CUP: The Maori protester who used a sledgehammer to crush the America's Cup was partly inspired by the words of Theodore Roosevelt, his lawyer said. Benjamin P. Nathan, 27, has been charged with criminal damage and trespass for allegedly hammering yachting's most prized trophy on Friday at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron club. Nathan's lawyer said he placed the text, which praises the efforts of people who never stop trying and was taken from a letter from President Roosevelt to Winston Churchill, among the broken glass of the Cup's display case.

WINTER SPORTS: Kjetil Andre Aamodt's comeback bid at Vail, Colo., fell short, enabling Luc Alphand to become the first downhiller to win the men's World Cup overall title and the first Frenchman since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968. Aamodt needed to finish at least second to catch the Frenchman, but he wound up seventh in a race won by Finn Christian Jagge of Norway. Jagge came across in 1:37.94 for his third career victory.

NFL: The Chiefs have called a news conference today to introduce quarterback Elvis Grbac, who has reached an agreement in principle with the team but has not signed a contract.

CYCLING: Gary Neiwand of Australia, the 1993 world sprint champion, was fined $800 by the Australian Cycling Federation after testing positive for a banned substance _ pseudoephedrine, a stimulant _ at a race in New Zealand Jan. 25.

RUGBY: New Zealand defeated the United States 43-0 and won the inaugural Hong Kong Invitation Women's Rugby Sevens tournament. In the semifinals, New Zealand beat Hong Kong 39-7, and the U.S. downed England 17-5.

_ Compiled from Times wires