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Auto racing

PENNSYLVANIA 500: Jeff Gordon survived a bumping from Dale Earnhardt, then used a fast pit stop to retake the lead and drive off to an easy victory in the Pennsylvania 500. It was Gordon's series-leading fifth victory of the season and he set a track record by leading 164 of 200 laps.

Cycling

TOUR DE FRANCE: Stuart O'Grady, the overall leader for three days earlier in the race, used his sprinting ability to capture the 15th stage of the Tour de France.

Defending champion Jan Ullrich maintained the overall lead, 71 seconds ahead of Bobby Julich. Laurent Jalabert and Marco Pantani were next, 3:01 back.

Goodwill Games

CHINESE GYMNAST MAY NEVER WALK AGAIN: Despite successful spinal surgery, the Chinese gymnast paralyzed from a fall at the Goodwill Games probably will never walk again. Her physician said that 17-year-old Sang Lan regained some strength in her shoulders and biceps from the seven-hour operation the day before but mobility had not improved in her hands and wrists. He added it was too soon to give a final prognosis, but she's unlikely to walk again.

U.S. LOSES IN VOLLEYBALL: Brazil's Guilherme Marques and Para Ferreira beat the U.S. team of Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson 12-11, 12-4 to win the gold medal in beach volleyball at the Goodwill Games. The U.S. wrestling team beat Russia 16-14 to win the gold. American cyclists won gold, too, taking an unusual two-day team race.

Golf

CVS CHARITY CLASSIC: At Sutton, Mass., Steve Pate overcame his own wild shots on the 18th hole of the CVS Charity Classic to win his first tournament since a car crash knocked him off the PGA Tour for nearly all of 1996.

GIANT EAGLE LPGA CLASSIC: At Howland, Ohio, Se Ri Pak birdied the final hole and then watched as Dottie Pepper missed a 4-footer for birdie, giving the rookie sensation a one-shot victory in the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

COLORADO OPEN: Shane Bertsch, wielding a hot putter, birdied four holes in a five-hole stretch to overtake third-round leader Milan Swilor and post a 2-stroke victory in the Colorado Open on Sunday in Aurora, Colo. Swilor, of Sandy, tied for second at 281. It marked the third runnerup finish for Swilor in this tournament. Swilor closed with an even-par 72.

Tennis

MERCEDES OPEN: At Stuttgart, Germany, Gustavo Kuerten captured his second career title, beating Karol Kucera 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to win the Mercedes Open. Kuerten became the first Brazilian to win a Grand Slam tournament when he took the 1997 French Open title.

LEGG MASON CLASSIC: At Washington, Andre Agassi won a record fourth Legg Mason Tennis Classic title, needing just 50 minutes - the fastest final match on the ATP Tour this year - to defeat Scott Draper 6-2, 6-0.

FEDERATION CUP: At Madrid, Spain knocked the United States out of the Federation Cup semifinals when Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez beat Lisa Raymond and Mary Joe Fernandez 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 11-9 in doubles for a 3-2 victory. Spain will play Switzerland for the title in September.

Softball

MILLER TOYOTA WINS: Larry H. Miller Toyota, ranked No. 4 in the world, posted a 5-1 record in the The Best In The West Tournament to capture the championship, defeating the San Luis Obispo Bucks, 6-1. Earlier in the day, Miller Toyota had to dig themselves out of a 6-1 hole against Mexicali to comeback to win, 8-6, in the semifinals.

Baseball

AUTOMOTIVE CHAMPS: Taylorsville pounded Mountain View 14-7 to claim the state Automotive championship Saturday. With the win, T-Ville advances to the USABA championships at Bingham High starting Aug. 5.