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HOLYFIELD GETS CALL TO FIGHT FOR WBO TITLE

BOXING

Evander Holyfield will fight for his record fifth heavyweight title Oct. 13 in Moscow. Holyfield, who turns 45 six days before, replaces WBA champ Ruslan Chagaev in what was to be a unification bout against WBO champ Sultan Ibragimov. Chagaev withdrew because of undisclosed medical reasons. Holyfield (42-8-2, 27 knockouts) last fought June 30, beating Lou Savarese in a unanimous decision.

TENNIS

Roddick has tough go but reaches quarters

Andy Roddick saved three break points in the third then ended the match with one to beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and reach the quarterfinals of the Legg Mason in Washington. He next faces Hyung-Taik Lee, who beat Julien Benneteau 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

ACURA CLASSIC: Maria Kirilenko upset Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals in Calsbad, Calif. Ranked 42nd in the world, she needed three match points to beat No. 3 Jankovic. Four other Russians - Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, Anna Chakvetadze and Nadia Petrova - also advanced.

SERENA OUT: Serena Williams withdrew from next week's East West Bank Classic and will miss her fourth tournament because of a left thumb injury sustained at Wimbledon.

SOCCER

Beckham MLS debut likely to be delayed

David Beckham will travel but likely won't play Sunday at Toronto, which would be his first MLS game. He has been limited to 16 minutes in an exhibition because of his left ankle, turned during a European Cup qualifier in June.

NEW ENGLAND 2, K.C. 0: Pat Noonan and Adam Cristman scored for the Revolution, which hadn't beaten the Wizards at home since Sept. 7, 1999.

ET CETERA

SWIMMING: Ian Crocker, the world record-holder, was disqualified for a false start in the 100-meter fly at the U.S. long-course meet in Indianapolis. He started after an undetermined news organization's strobe light went off. Olympic champ Michael Phelps won in 51.39.

CYCLING: Stuttgart, Germany, will host September's world road championships after the International Cycling Union agreed to the city's demand to increase drug tests from 60 to 150 with another 200 beforehand. ... Italian Alessandro Petacchi was cleared of doping while countryman Luca Ascani was suspended indefinitely. The Italian federation ruled the asthma of Petacci, who tested positive during May's Giro d'Italia, gave him a legitimate medical reason. Ascani, the Italian time trial champ who tested positive in June, faces a two-year ban.

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