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GATLIN APPEALS DOPING BAN

TRACK AND FIELD

Suspended sprinter Justin Gatlin will appeal a possible eight-year doping ban today, an attempt by the Olympic gold medalist to become eligible for the 2008 Beijing Games.

His lawyers will make the case almost a year after he and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reached an unusual compromise.

Gatlin tested positive for testosterone and other steroids in 2006; in an agreement, he accepted positive results for testosterone and other steroids but had the right to seek a reduction in the ban. He cannot argue that the test was faulty.

TENNIS

Moya cruises

Carlos Moya won his fifth Croatia Open title, defeating Andrei Pavel 6-4, 6-2 in Umag. Moya, who also won in 1996, 2001, '02 and '03, is 43-8 in the tournament. This was the Spaniard's 20th singles title.

ATP INDIANAPOLIS: Dmitry Tursunov beat Frank Dancevic 6-4, 7-5 for his second career title.

AUSTRIAN OPEN: Juan Monaco won his third ATP title, topping Potito Starace 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in Kitzbuehel.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Anna Chakvetadze made quick work of surprise finalist Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-2 in Stanford, Calif.

GASTEIN LADIES: Francesca Schiavone won her first WTA Tour title, defeating Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-4 in Austria.

PAN AM GAMES

Hosts clean up

Host Brazil won the men's basketball final, beating Puerto Rico 86-65 for its third straight title as the games wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro. A Brazilian also won the men's tennis final as top seed Flavio Saretta beat Adrian Garcia of Chile, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2). The United States led the medal table with 237, including 97 gold.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: In MLS, Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco had an assist in his debut for Chicago in a 3-0 victory over host Toronto. Yura Movsisyan's goal in the 89th gave host Kansas City a 3-2 win over Chivas USA. ... Kristine Lilly scored her 124th goal and extended her world record for appearances to 329 as the U.S. women defeated Japan 4-1 in an exhibition in San Jose, Calif.

NHL: The Canadiens and right wing Michael Ryder avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.95-million, one-year contract.

BOXING: Vernon Forrest withstood Carlos Baldomir's rally to win the WBC super welterweight championship in a unanimous decision late Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser defeated Russians Dmitri Barsuk and Igor Kolodinski to give the United States a gold-medal sweep at the world championships in Gstaad, Switzerland.

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