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Moses keeps unbeaten streak afloat

American Ed Moses won the 200-meter breaststroke and tied for first in the 50 meters Wednesday, extending his unbeaten streak in World Cup short-course races to eight.

Moses won the 200 in 2 minutes, 8.27 seconds, well off the world-record 2:02.92 he set Saturday in Berlin, and tied Russia's Roman Sludnov in the 50.

Moses swept the 50, 100 and 200 breaststrokes in Stockholm and Berlin in the past two weeks.

"I've raced so many 200s in the past three meets that I need a break from it," Moses said. "Every time I do the 200s really well, the next day I'm so tired. So (Wednesday), I wanted to give myself a break and just win."

Moses said he plans to compete in the next World Cup meet, in New York later this month, but will skip the final event in Rio de Janeiro to prepare for U.S. nationals Feb. 10.

Randall Bal won the 100 backstroke in 52.18, and fellow American Courtney Shealy won the 50 freestyle in 25.07.

BOXING

Mosley sues promoter

Super welterweight champion Shane Mosley is suing promoter Cedric Kushner for more than $600,000 he said he is owed from a 2002 title fight. Mosley's lawyer, Judd Burstein, said Mosley is owed the money from his July 2002 rematch with Vernon Forrest. The suit was filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, and Burstein said his client received a money judgment against Kushner in California last year after the promoter "admitted he owes the money." Burstein said the judgment is now effective in New York.

SOCCER

Etcheverry departs D.C.

Seven-time All-Star Marco Etcheverry, who helped lead D.C. United to three MLS titles in the 1990s, said he is leaving the team after eight seasons. The only player remaining from United's inaugural 1996 season, Etcheverry, 33, was an instrumental part of United's MLS Cup titles in 1996, 1997 and 1999. He was league MVP in 1998, MLS Cup MVP in 1996 and the All-Star game MVP in 2002.

MATHIS SIGNS: U.S. forward Clint Mathis signed a contract through June 2006 with Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga. Mathis scored 33 goals in four years with MLS' MetroStars. Hannover also has U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo.

MORE BEER AND BRATS: German soccer wants a bigger halftime break _ to sell more beer and sausage in stadiums. Bundesliga asked the sport's rules-making body to extend halftime from 15 to 20 minutes. A study said the change could generate an extra $375,000 annually for the club.

ET CETERA

ALPINE SKIING: Defending World Cup and Olympic champ Janica Kostelic had surgery for a thyroid imbalance in Zagreb, Croatia, and is expected to resume rehab for a knee injury in about five weeks.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Former Atlanta Falcons and Florida cornerback Elijah Williams left the Storm, and offensive/defensive lineman Kenny Jackson was released. Defensive specialist and ex-Gator Shea Showers missed two practices after needing 12 stitches to close a cut to his eyelid.

WNBA: Marianne Stanley resigned as coach of the Washington Mystics to pursue "other endeavors," said team president Susan O'Malley. Stanley was 26-40 over two seasons, including 9-25 last season. Her departure means every Washington pro sports team _ Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, D.C. United and Mystics _ has changed coaches within the past seven months.

_ FRANK PASTOR, TIMES WIRES

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