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Auto racingPETTY RECUPERATING: Former stock car star Richard Petty is recuperating in Sonoma, Calif., from an attack of bleeding ulcers that put him in a hospital earlier this week, according to his son.

A friend got Petty to a hospital in Greensboro, N.C., where it was determined that he had lost 40 percent of his blood.

MEDIC DRUG GRAND PRIX: Juan Montoya played the role of spoiler Saturday, cruising around Burke Lakefront Airport in the final two minutes of qualifying to win the pole for the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland.

The rookie sensation from Colombia won his second straight pole and third of the season while squelching the hopes of former Cleveland winners Gil de Ferran and Michael Andretti.

SAVE MART/KRAGEN 350: Rookie Tony Stewart tested at Sears Point in anticipation of his first road course race. It was worth it. Stewart will start alongside polesitter Jeff Gordon today in the Save Mart/Kragen 350 at Sonoma, Calif.

Gordon won the pole Friday with a speed of 98.519 mph. Stewart went 98.277.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX: At Magny-Cours, France, Rubens Barrichello surprised the better Formula One drivers, winning the pole position for the French Grand Prix during a rainy qualifying session Saturday. The Brazilian, in a Stewart-Ford, was one of them. His gamble paid off when he got around the nine-turn, 2.64-mile circuit in 1 minute, 38.441 seconds -- an average of 96.544.


BUTTERBEAN WHIPS MCNEELY: Once again, Peter McNeely failed to get past the first round in a fight in Las Vegas, but this time it was against Butterbean, not Mike Tyson. The 311-pound Butterbean battered McNeely, 212, into defeat at 2:59 of the first round Saturday night in Las Vegas, almost four years after McNeely lost in 89 seconds to Tyson.

KLITSCHKO WINS WBO TITLE: Vitali Klitschko of the Ukraine knocked out defending champion Herbie Hide in the second round on Saturday in London to win the WBO heavyweight title.

'BONECRUSHER' TO RETIRE: James "Bonecrusher" Smith will announce his retirement because of a shoulder injury.

The 46-year-old Smith dislocated his right shoulder in a bout with Joe Bugner in Australia on July 4, 1998, and had to stop the fight after the first round.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Two-time defending champion Yugoslavia overcame sloppy play to run its winning streak to four at the European Championship, beating Slovenia 71-66 on Saturday in Pau, France .

Juri Zdovc, who led Slovenia with 16 points, missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score with 3.1 seconds left, then Dejan Tomasevic made two free throws to secure Yugoslavia's victory.

Also in Pau, guard Antoine Rigaudeau sank three late 3-pointers and led France to a 74-57 victory over Spain.

Russia defeated Israel 93-84 in overtime. Guard Odesh Katash sank a 3-pointer to tie the game at 76-76 with 10.1 seconds left, but made just two of five free throws in overtime.

T-WOLVES COACHING SEARCH: Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Randy Wittman returned Saturday for a second interview for the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching job.

He was the second candidate invited back for a follow-up interview. Former Charlotte coach Dave Cowens had a second interview on Thursday.

Wittman, a Minnesota assistant for the past six years, told WOIO-TV in an airport interview that he was excited to get a second interview because it means he's still in the running to replace Mike Fratello, who was fired June 1.


THOMPSON WINS AGAIN: Olympic gold medalist Jenny Thompson won her 15th consecutive race in the Santa Clara International Invitational swim meet Saturday.

Thompson, who graduated from Stanford University in 1995 and owns five Olympic gold medals and a silver, has never lost a race over the years in Santa Clara.

She won the women's 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.49, just off her meet record of 2:00.05 in 1996.