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U.S. CONCERNED BY HOSTILITY ITS ATHLETES FACE

PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Brazilian engineer Mariana Bacelar is no fan of President Bush and his global policies, but she rarely has a chance to voice that opinion directly to an American. So, watching a volleyball match last week at the Pan American games, she expressed her mind by booing U.S. team member Cassie Busse.

"She represents the American culture and politics," said Bacelar, 27. "They act like they are the center of the world. She would get this (boos) in many places."

Backers of Chicago's bid for the 2016 summer have been taken back by the anti-American hostility witnessed during the Pan Ams this month, from catcalls at the opening ceremonies to cheers when a U.S. gymnast fell during the vault.

The booing has fed the concerns of U.S. and Chicago officials that anti-U.S. political sentiment, driven mainly by the war in Iraq, could emerge as a wild card in the city's campaign to land the games. While many around the globe have a complicated love-hate attitude toward the United States, recent opinion surveys have found declining support for it in many countries, even in typically sympathetic regions such as Eastern Europe.

RESULTS: Brazil won the gold medal in soccer, beating the United States 5-0. Then the U.S. men qualified for the Beijing Olympics by taking the water polo championship over Brazil.

MOTORSPORTS

FIA DECIDES NOT TO PUNISH MCLAREN

McLaren will not be punished for possessing confidential information on the design of Ferrari cars in a decision that has infuriated its Formula One rival.

Motorsport's world governing body - FIA - ruled Thursday that McLaren did have sensitive Ferrari documents, but there was insufficient evidence that the data was misused.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh completed pool play undefeated and advanced to the second round of the world championships in Gstaad, Switzerland.

BOXING: Two Cuban boxers who defected during the Pan Ams signed five-year contracts to fight on a cable television station. Guillermo Rigondeaux, a bantamweight who won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and Erislandy Lara, an amateur welterweight world champion, signed with Arena TV.

BULL-RIDING: Tag Elliott, a 19-year-old rodeo cowboy from Thatcher, Utah, was in critical condition, a day after surgery to repair extensive facial injuries sustained at the Days of '47 Rodeo in a collision with a 1,500-pound bull named Werewolf.

HOCKEY: The Oilers signed Anaheim forward Dustin Penner to a five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet. The Ducks have seven days to match the offer. ... Forward Martin Gelinas agreed on a one-year, $1.25-million deal with the Predators.

SOCCER: Fabio Capello will be a commentator on Champions League matches and games featuring Italy's national team for RAI this season after being fired by Real Madrid. ... Ante Razov had a goal and assist in Chivas USA's 2-0 MLS win over New York in New Jersey. ... Thierry Henry scored in his first game with Barcelona, a 1-0 exhibition victory at Dundee United in Scotland.

TENNIS: James Blake of Tampa took 66 minutes to beat Ricardo Mello 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the Indianapolis Championship quarterfinals. ... David Ferrer reached the quarterfinals by ousting Jose Acasuso 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 at the Croatia Open.

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