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Paula Radcliffe held off the competition to defend her title in the 5-mile race at the World Cross-Country Championships in Dublin, Ireland. Radcliffe won in 26:55. Deena Drossin finished second nine seconds back and Colleen de Reuck took bronze in 26:17. "I really felt great out there," said Radcliffe, who became the first female runner to win back-to-back titles since Lynn Jennings in 1991 and 1992.

CYCLING: Mario Cipollini edged Fred Rodriguez and Marcus Zberg to win the Milan-to-San Remo race, the opening event of the 2002 World Cup.

BOXING: James Toney easily outpointed Sione Asipeli in a 10-round cruiserweight bout late Friday in Phoenix. Toney, a six-time world champion, won all 10 rounds on two of the judges' scorecards and nine of 10 on the other.

SKIING: Per Elofsson defended his World Cup cross-country title after finishing eighth in the final race of the season in Lillehammer, Norway. Thomas Alsgaard won the classical-style race in 2:24:08.7 to place second overall, three points behind Elofsson. It was the fastest time in the 65-year history of the race. "This was how it should be," Elofsson said. "It was a battle for the (World Cup) win until the last meters. This was long-distance skiing at its best." Aerial skiers Ryan St. Onge and three-time Olympian Tracy Evans survived poor weather to win their first national titles in Boise, Idaho. St. Onge, 19, scored 208.03 points to beat Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack (199.68) in a showdown between former junior world champions. Olympian and local favorite Jeret Peterson took bronze (197.02). And the 34-year-old Evans scored 154.06 to beat a predominantly teen field. Jana Lindsay, 17, was second (150.22) and 18-year-old Kate Reed placed third (143.65). Evans announced her retirement afterward. Competition was delayed four hours by snow and fog. Spectators sometimes lost sight of the jumpers, and officials determined it wasn't safe.

SNOWBOARDING: Jasey Jay Anderson won the last boardercross event of the season in Tandadalen, Sweden, wrapping up the championship in that discipline and the overall World Cup title. Anderson, the reigning cross and overall champion, beat Alexander Koller in the final. Drew Neilson was fourth and retained second in the cross standings. Slalom specialist Mathieu Bozzetto led overall going into the meet, but was seventh and dropped to second in the final standings. Doris Krings clinched the women's boardercross championship, beating Julie Pomagalski in the final. Marie Laissus, who won in Finland last week and led the cross standings, placed fourth and finished runner-up overall.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

SHREDDING IT: Rookie Sophia Mulanovich rides a wave off Queensland, Australia, on her way to an upset of four-time world champion Layne Beachley at the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast event.

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