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SOCCER: Mexico defeated a young Brazilian team 4-3 to win the Confederations Cup late Wednesday at Mexico City. Miguel Zepeda scored twice and Jose Manuel Abundis and Cuauhtemoc Blanco once. Brazil's goals came from Serginho, Roni and Ze Roberto. Blanco dribbled around defenders and crossed a shot into the net for a 4-2 lead in the 61st minute. In an MLS game at Kansas City, Chicago scored twice in the first half to win 2-1, ending a two-game losing streak.

TENNIS: Andre Agassi ousted Richey Reneberg 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-3 in a rain-delayed match, then eliminated Michael Chang 6-2, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the du Maurier Open at Montreal. Jim Courier won 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5 over Wayne Ferreira. "I don't think I had enough to eat this morning," Courier said. "It was beautiful conditions to play in _ it wasn't hot, but I felt flat. I had to push through it at the end." Patrick Rafter, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Todd Martin advanced. Younes El Aynaoui and Marat Safin reached the semifinals of the Grolsch Open at Amsterdam.

COLLEGES: About 1,200 people, including teammates, attended the funeral of Purdue basketball player Tiffany Young at Wheeler Chapel Full Gospel Baptist Church in her hometown of Hillsboro, Ala. Young, 21, was killed Saturday in a two-car collision in Gary, Ind. Temple extended the contract of men's basketball coach John Chaney through 2002. Neil Ashby, a reserve junior forward for the Alabama basketball team, is leaving the school for more playing time, coach Mark Gottfried said.

HORSES: Jockey Rudy Baez, 49, injured in a spill at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., Wednesday, is paralyzed from the waist down. Baez had seven hours of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital Thursday, and, while a hospital spokesperson would say only that he is "still in serious condition," Mike Szpuk, Baez's agent, said the rider, who was in surgery from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., "had a severe spinal cord injury." Szpuk was present when doctors informed Baez's wife, Judy, of the situation after the operation. Smok'n Lantern held off a late bid by Credit Winner to win the $509,400 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands by 1\ lengths. The Haughton, a mile trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings, showcases some of the nation's best juveniles. The Louisiana Derby purse was raised to $750,000 from $500,000, and if the winner goes on to win the Kentucky Derby, another $500,000 will be added.

CYCLING: Laurent Jalabert, ranked No. 1 in the world, was released from a Madrid hospital and may be back racing in time for next month's Tour of Spain. Jalabert was treated for head and collarbone injuries from a spill in a race last weekend.

SOFTBALL: The FireStix's series opener against visiting Durham was postponed because of rain. A doubleheader is scheduled for 6 tonight.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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