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Tampa teenager wins big horse competition

An anxious young equestrian from Tampa relied on her trainers, a psychologist and a quick between-classes shopping trip to relax and win the Rolex-Maclay ASPCA national championship Saturday at the National Horse Show in New York.

Keri Kampsen, 17, rode Baltimore over a freestyle course in the final to win the country's most important horsemanship event for riders under 18.

She quelled a severe case of jitters between the morning's elimination round and the afternoon final by calling sports psychologist Margie Sugarman of Southhampton, N.Y.

"I was like, "There's so many people in the stands!' And she told me to think of them as trees in Ocala when I'm riding around," Kampsen said. "She's awesome."

Kampsen also skipped out of Madison Square Garden _ still in her full riding kit _ to go shopping, picking up a pair of blouses and some shoes that a friend tried on so she wouldn't have to take off her tight riding boots.

McLain Ward rode Amity through a careful jump-off to win the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix in the final event.

OLYMPICS: The policymaking board of the U.S. Olympic Committee voted unanimously to put an American city into the running for for the 2012 Games. Besides Tampa, the other cities in the running are Arlington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.

TENNIS: Pete Sampras beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to advance to the final of the Paris Open to play Jonas Bjorkman, who beat defending champion Thomas Enqvist, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. Top-seeded Jana Novotna beat defending champion Conchita Martinez 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the Kremlin Cup final against unseeded Ai Sugiyama. Francisco Clavet faces Nicholas Lapentti in the final of the Colombian Open in Bogota. Emmanuelle Gagliardi beat Corina Morariu 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the final of the Healthsouth USTA Women's Challenger in Austin, where she faces Nana Miyagi, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Mariaan de Swardt.

BOXING: Former champion Pernell Whitaker tested positive for a banned substance before his 12-round victory over Andre Pestriaev Oct. 17, his co-manager confirmed. The usual penalty for a first-time offender would be a six-month suspension, according to the New York Daily News.

SOCCER: Over the past decade, the U.S. team has become a force _ and the Mexicans are delighted. They have found something they never had in regional soccer: a rival. They play today in a World Cup qualifier. Mexico coach Bora Milutinovic said, "It's because of the proximity, because of the importance of the country and because their team has become much better." Mexico (4-0-3) has 15 points and needs one more to become the first of three qualifiers from the North and Central American and Caribbean region. The United States (2-1-4) is third with 10 in the six-team finals, one ahead of El Salvador. Japan improved its slim chance to qualify for the World Cup by beating South Korea in Seoul 2-0. Tisha Venturini, Kristine Lilly and Michelle Akers scored as the U.S. women's national team beat Sweden 3-1 in an exhibition.

SWIMMING: Carol Zaleski, the president of U.S. Swimming, asked swimming's international ruling body to require frequent, no-notice drug tests on all members of China's women's team for the world championships in Perth, Australia, in January.

SKATING: Tanja Szewczenko hit five triple jumps in a long program to win the Nations Cup in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov won in ice dancing.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Freshman Larry Hughes scored 20 points in his debut as Saint Louis beat the Arkansas Express 59-41 in an exhibition. Antawn Jamison had 38 points and 11 rebounds to lead his team to a 100-98 win Friday in North Carolina's Blue-White intra-squad scrimmage. Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith says the athletic department will keep talking with student activists who oppose its $7.1-million contract with Nike over alleged sweatshop conditions at company factories.

SOCCER: Tab Ramos, the U.S. national team's star midfielder who overcame a serious knee injury, re-injured the same knee and will be sidelined at least six more months. Ramos, 31, is scheduled for surgery to repair his left anterior cruciate ligament Monday. Ramos probably will not play in his third World Cup next summer. There still is a question of whether the United States will qualify, and Ramos's injury will make it much more difficult. America plays Mexico today as it tries to hang on to the third and final spot in its region. Ramos, who plays professionally for the MLS's New York/New Jersey MetroStars, tore the ligament last November. He didn't return to the MetroStars until June. At U.S. training camp two weeks ago, Ramos felt something go wrong. Arthroscopic surgery Thursday confirmed the injury. The U.S. women's team beat Sweden 3-1 in an exhibition in Chattanooga.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Jeff Meyer, who guided Liberty's men's program from NAIA to Division I in 16 years as coach, is leaving to work for school president John Borek. _ Compiled from Times wires.

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