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Pascal wins on points after fight stopped

Roger Federer advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. (Associated Press)
Roger Federer advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. (Associated Press)

Boxing: Jean Pascal beat Chad Dawson on points Saturday night after the fight was stopped in the 11th round and retained his WBC light heavyweight title at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The fight was stopped after an accidental clash of heads opened a deep cut above Dawson’s right eye and prevented the American from continuing to fight.

It went to the scorecards, and Pascal (26-1) got the win over Dawson (29-1) when the judges turned in two cards of 106-103 and another of 108-101.

Michigan completes NCAA hearing

College football: Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says he’s glad facing the NCAA committee on infractions is over.

Rodriguez made a very brief comment as he walked toward an escalator after a 7 1/2-hour hearing on violations within the Michigan football program. Rodriguez, school president Mary Sue Coleman and athletic director David Brandon were among the Wolverines’ contingent in Seattle.

The NCAA has accused Michigan of five major rules violations related to practices and workouts. School officials challenge the allegation that Rodriguez failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance, but accept responsibility for the other four allegations.

The allegations involve exceeding limits in practice and training time.

Granger leads U.S. over China

Basketball: Short on size, the United States showed off a surplus of speed.

Danny Granger scored 22 points and the Americans sprinted past China 98-51 in a scrimmage at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Americans were credited with a 32-4 advantage in fast-break points.

“We’re the fastest team, I think, in the world, so we’ve got to use that to our advantage,” Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala said.

Eric Gordon upped his case for a spot on the team with 15 points, while Kevin Durant scored 14.

Bodine earns second straight Trucks win

Auto racing: Todd Bodine led the final 47 laps at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway to take his second straight victory in NASCAR’s truck series.

Bodine held off pole-sitter Timothy Peters through two restarts to win in the Camping World Truck Series’ first appearance at the “Lady in Black” in six years.

Bodine, the only one in the field with a Darlington victory, proved there’s nothing more important here than experience. Bodine won a Nationwide Series race at Darlington in 2003, sliding over the finish line after a last-lap tangle with Jamie McMurray.

Bodine won at Nashville a week ago and upped his points lead over Aric Almirola.

Federer will play Murray in final

Tennis: Roger Federer advanced to the Rogers Cup final in Toronto with 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic.

Federer will meet defending champion Andy Murray of Britain, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the first semifinal.

• Clijsters, Sharapova square off: Kim Clijsters needed only 12 minutes of tennis to reach another title match.

Ana Ivanovic hurt her left foot during the opening set of their semifinal at the Cincinnati Open in Mason, Ohio, forcing her to withdraw in tears with the rest of her season in doubt.

The fourth-seeded Belgian will be well-rested when she plays her third title match of the year against Maria Sharapova, also trying for title No. 3. She beat fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in a sloppy semifinal.

American teens in amateur final

Golf: American teenagers Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda ousted their Canadian opponents in the U.S. Women’s Amateur to advance to the final at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.

Bross wins gymnastics title

Miscellany: Rebecca Bross has won the U.S. gymnastics championship in Hartford, Conn., scoring a 120.3 to outdistance runner-up Mattie Larson by 3.3 points.

• Leipheimer sets record: Levi Leipheimer won the Life Time Fitness Leadville (Colo.) Trail 100 mountain bike race in record time. Leipheimer won the nation’s highest-altitude endurance test in a lung-searing 6 hours, 16 minutes, 37 seconds.

Lance Armstrong held the old mark of 6:28:50.

• Felix, Wariner win 400s: Allyson Felix and Jeremy Wariner of the United States won 400-meter races in the Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace in London.

Felix held off new European champion Tatyana Firova to win in 50.79 seconds. Wariner beat world leader Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica in 44.67.

On Friday, former University High School and University of Washington standout Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 1 inch to place fourth in the men’s pole vault.

• World Cup ties may be scrapped: FIFA president Sepp Blatter says soccer’s governing body will consider eliminating ties in all World Cup games.

Blatter said the change could involve going to a shootout after 90 minutes of regulation or adding sudden-death overtime.


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