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U.S. WOMEN WIN BASKETBALL TITLE

PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Mattee Ajavon scored 24 second-half points to help the United States defeat host Brazil 79-66 and win its first Pan American Games women's basketball title since 1987. The United States took the lead for good with 8:43 remaining in the last quarter.

ET CETERA

GOLF: Michelle Wie accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore., next month.

MOTORSPORTS: Inspectors found several breaks in the cables running through the right wing and forward fuselage of the NASCAR plane that crashed July 10 in Sanford, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, but did not speculate on the cause. ... Champ Car World Series rookie Ryan Dalziel broke a collarbone while training on his bicycle.

SOCCER: West Ham was served with a High Court writ demanding it relinquish the Premier League registration of striker Carlos Tevez so he can move to Manchester United. ... MLS and Benfica reached an agreement on a $2-million transfer fee for Freddy Adu, but Adu and the Portuguese club could not work out contract terms, the Associated Press reported. ... Leading MLS scorer Eddie Johnson turned down a transfer from Kansas City to Derby of England's Premier League.

TENNIS: In the Indianapolis Tennis Championships opening round, top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-0 in 63 minutes, and No. 2 seed James Blake defeated Thomas Johansson 7-5, 7-6 (11-9).

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