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Clausen just ounces ahead at Bassmaster

Luke Clausenmaintained his lead during the second day of the 36th Citgo Bassmaster Classic with a total of 44 pounds, five ounces. But if he hopes to win today, Clausen needs to have a bigger bite than what he brought to the scales Saturday.

That's because several anglers, buoyed by large catches on Day Two, are on his heels.

Clausen, of Spokane Valley, Wash., caught a five-fish limit of 14 pounds, 15 ounces on Saturday. Though his catch was impressive, Arkansas' Ron Shuffield and Palatka's Terry Scroggins went higher.

Shuffield is second with a two-day 39-15 after landing a 21-0 limit. Scroggins is third with a limit that weighed 28-6. His two-day 39-04 is just ahead of Palatka's Preston Clark(39-3).

Saturday's catch was down from Friday in part because of a brisk south wind that stirred the water and threw some fishermen off their best patterns.

TENNIS

Henin-Hardenne ousts Sharapova at Dubai

Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Maria Sharapova 7-5, 6-2 to win the Dubai Women's Open, showing no signs of the shoulder injury that plagued her in 2005. Henin-Hardenne, twice a champion in this event and unbeaten in Dubai in 12 consecutive matches, won for the second time this year.

ABN AMRO: Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic upset second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final at Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The sixth-seeded Stepanek will play Christophe Rochus, who edged Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4.

BRAZIL OPEN: Olympic champion Nicolas Massu of Chile won his sixth ATP Tour title, beating Spain's Alberto Martin 6-3, 6-4 at Costa Do Sauipe.

RMK CHAMPIONSHIPS: Tommy Haas reached his second straight title match, defeating French qualifier Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals in Memphis. Up next for Haas: Robin Soderling, a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (5) winner over Kristof Vliegenof Belgium.

ET CETERA

BASEBALL: Boston bid farewell to Curt Gowdy in a funeral procession that circled Fenway Park, where the veteran broadcaster began a 15-year run doing play-by-play for the Red Sox. Gowdy, 86, who died Monday of leukemia, also covered the first Super Bowl and the 1976 Olympics.

BOXING: Shane Mosley battered Fernando Vargas ' left eye, making it swell into the size of a racquetball and leaving the referee no choice but to stop the junior-middleweight showdown in the 10th round at Las Vegas.

CYCLING: Floyd Landis kept his overall lead in the sixth stage of the Tour of California, likely securing the title. Olaf Pollack of Germany emerged from a large pack to claim the 89.5-mile Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks road race by more than a bike length in 3 hours, 26 minutes, 39 seconds.

TRACK AND FIELD: Reese Hoffa emerged from a field that included Olympic medalists to win his first shot put title at the U.S. Indoor Championships at Boston with a throw of 70 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Italian Marco Cattaneorepeated as men's champion and fellow Italian Anna Santer won the women's race at the 33rd American Birkebeiner event at Hayward, Wis.

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