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CARACAS, Venezuela - Jennie Finch hit a grand slam to lead the United States to a 16-1 win over Canada and help it remain unbeaten at the world championships Wednesday. The United States and Japan, which beat Venezuela 2-0, are 8-0 heading into their matchup today in the tournament's double-elimination playoff phase.

Venezuela plays China today. China eliminated Taiwan 1-0. Also, Australia ousted the Netherlands 3-2.

Japan and the United States, the defending world champion, are the overwhelming favorites to play for the title Friday. Japan defeated the United States in the gold-medal game of the 2008 Olympics.

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Key IndyCar chassis decision moved back

IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard had set a Wednesday deadline for an announcement on the league's new chassis package. The only announcement that came was about a future announcement.

Not ready to unveil the next generation of chassis, IndyCar pushed back its unveiling deadline and will make a presentation July 14 in Indianapolis.

Officially, nothing has been decided. Unofficially, the choice appears to have been made, even though the final vote hasn't been taken. "We could make (the announcement) right now, I'm pretty sure, but I want to hold off so there aren't any rumors out there," Bernard said.

The seven-person committee charged with researching and recommending the new chassis for 2012 held one of its biggest decision-making meetings Tuesday and could hold its final vote next week. Its decision could drastically alter the future of open-wheel racing in the U.S.


rowing: Harvard cruised to a 23/4 lengths victory against USC in the opening round of the Temple Cup competition at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames in England. In the Prince Albert Cup fours, Harvard narrowly beat Isis, Oxford University of England. Yale and Georgetown also beat English teams.

olympics: Eight-time gold medal-winning U.S. swimmer Jenny Thompson said would-be robbers punched her in the face in a failed bid to steal her scooter in Brookline, Mass., outside Boston. Thompson, 37, held on to the scooter and screamed for help, forcing the assailants to flee on foot. She had a cut on her nose and scrapes, and was treated at the scene. Police spokesman Lt. Philip Harrington said officers arrested three teenagers who were riding stolen scooters later that night.

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