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MORE OLYMPICS: California lawmakers approved a bill that would let the state set aside up to $250-million as a "last resort" guarantee to ensure the 2012 Games won't go into debt if they're awarded to San Francisco. Future legislators would decide later, if San Francisco is chosen as the host, how big to make the guarantee.

BOXING: The fate of the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight is up in the air after promoters canceled a planned trip to Memphis because local sponsors hadn't come up with a $12.5-million site fee. Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, and Lewis' promoter, Gary Shaw, had planned to be in Memphis today to finalize details and perhaps announce the June 8 fight. But they canceled their trips after the financial problem became known. Hector Camacho Jr. lost for the first time as a pro, dropping a unanimous 10-round decision to Omar Weis in Phoenix. He now is 33-1.

SOCCER: Referees at this year's World Cup were told to crack down on players who try to win penalty kicks and free kicks by faking they were fouled. Guilty players will be given yellow cards. Germany's top two goalkeepers were left off the roster for Wednesday's exhibition against the United States. Oliver Kahn, the starter, was left off to rest, and Jens Lehmann is serving a four-game suspension in the Bundesliga. Joerg Butt, one international appearance, and Frank Roost, none, were picked. Dinamo Bucharest and Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, top-division Romanian teams, were penalized three points in the standings amid allegations they fixed their game on March 9.

SWIMMING: Ian Thorpe won his third gold medal of the Australian championships and his second straight 100-meter freestyle title. Thorpe, who also has won the 200 and 400, will go for his fourth gold in the 100 backstroke today.

CYCLING: Frank Vandenbroucke, previously ranked No. 3 in the world, was banned for six months for possessing banned drugs. Belgian police last month found products, including EPO and morphine, at his house.

SNOWBOARDING: Nicolas Huet and Heidi Renoth won the last World Cup parallel slalom races of the season in Tandadalen, Sweden. Mathieu Bozzetto and Karine Ruby already had clinched the overall titles.

BIATHLON: Magdalena Forsberg clinched her unprecedented sixth consecutive World Cup title with a fourth-place finish in the 7.5-kilometer race in Oslo, Norway. Katrin Apel won the race in 22:07.6 for her third consecutive victory. Frank Luck won the men's race in 26:23.1.

POLO: Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies said they recovered 90 stolen trophies on the opening day of the U.S. Polo Association's tournament. The trophies, including a national cup and several that are a century old, were stolen March 9 from the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth. Charles Stoofel, 49, was charged with grand theft and burglary.

HORSES: Jeremy's Quest won her third consecutive race, beating Proud Tammie by a nose in the feature at Santa Anita. McNellis edged Prime Customer by a head in the feature at Aqueduct.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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