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Dedicating fight to father, Laila Ali victorious in China

Laila Ali, fighting where her father never did during his much-traveled career, proved a big hit, just like Muhammad Ali was wherever he boxed.

"I did it for you, Dad," Ali said yesterday in Guangzhou, China, after stopping prison guard Kristina King in the fourth round.

Ali brought the biggest name in boxing to town and was the undisputed star of a show that featured heavyweight Andrew Golota.

Golota stopped Marcus Rhode in the third round -- almost knocking him out of the ring as Rhode went down for the fourth time.

Ali outclassed King, who also worked on a SWAT team but wasn't ready for the daughter of the former world heavyweight champion.

Ali dominated throughout and King's face was bloodied and swollen after she took repeated blows before the referee stopped the battering 37 seconds into the final round.


Kubiak's pass in overtime lifts Amsterdam, 23-20

Jim Kubiak (Navy) threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jason Shelley with 1: 47 remaining in overtime to give the host Amsterdam Admirals a 23-20 win over Rhein Fire in NFL Europe.

Rhein (1-1) took a 17-14 lead on a 29-yard TD pass from former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, released by the New Orleans Saints this spring, to Daniel Jones 2: 25 left in the fourth quarter.

But Silvio Diliberto's 19-yard field goal with eight seconds left sent the game to overtime.

BOWL GAMES: The Oahu Bowl and Aloha Bowl in Hawaii, played on Christmas Day the past two seasons, will be played on separate days to take advantage of better time slots for television.

The Oahu Bowl will be played Christmas Eve, and the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day. Both will be played at Aloha Stadium.


Marinaro helps Crunch to Game 1 win in Finals

Hector Marinaro scored four goals and Zoran Karic had six assists as the Cleveland Crunch beat the host Milwaukee Wave, 20-18, in the first game of the best-of-five NPSL Finals.

Cleveland made a seven-point run and led 16-6 midway through the fourth period. Scott Schweitzer started the Crunch's rally with a three-pointer early in the third. Michael King finished with three goals and seven points for Milwaukee.

WORLD CUP: The qualifying game between Kenya and Malawi in Nairobi was stopped with several minutes remaining when fans threw bottles and stones onto the field and ripped out seats.

Violence began when it appeared Kenya would be eliminated in the first round of qualifying for the 2002 tournament. Malawi won the opener of the home-and-home, total-goals series, 2-0, on April 8, and yesterday's game was scoreless with three minutes of injury time left when the trouble began. FIFA will decide on how to determine the outcome of the series.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United (24-3-7) clinched its sixth title in eight years, winning, 3-2, at Southampton.

Et cetera

Complete-game shutout

Mount's first in five years

Freshman right-hander Brian Santo had the first complete-game shutout by a Mount St. Mary's pitcher in more than five years, scattering eight hits in a 6-0 victory over UMBC (20-17-1, 8-6) in Northeast Conference baseball at Golibart Field.

The Mount improved to 12-24 and 1-8. The nightcap was suspended due to rain.

DIVING: Mark Ruiz warmed up for the Olympic trials by winning his second and third titles of the U.S. indoors in Minneapolis.

The Puerto Rico native came from behind to edge David Pichler in the 10-meter platform. The two then teamed up to win the platform synchronized championship.

TRACK: Maurice Greene, the 100-meter world-record holder, anchored the HSI 400 team to a Kansas Relays record of 38.45 seconds in Lawrence.

COLLEGE TRACK: Clemson's men and Florida State's women won the Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor championships in Durham, N.C.

From staff and wire reports

The quiz


What trade last winter involved two pitchers who had appeared in a combined 1,652 games -- the most of any two pitchers ever traded for each other? (Answer, 18E)

Quiz answer

The Orioles sending Jesse Orosco to the New York Mets for Chuck McElroy.

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