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UAW-GM QUALITY 500: At Concord, N.C., Bobby Labonte took four new tires in a pit stop 25 laps from the finish and won the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Labonte, sixth before the final pit stop, drove his Pontiac to the finish line 1.166 seconds ahead of Jeremy Mayfield. Labonte won for the fourth time this season and opened a 252-point lead in a bid for his first Winston Cup championship.

Mayfield finished second and was followed by Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Mark Martin in a race that had a season-high 46 lead changes among 13 drivers.

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX: At Suzuka, Japan, Michael Schumacher made a late move to win the Japanese Grand Prix and the Formula One title for the third time.

Schumacher trailed Mika Hakkinen for most of the race before taking the lead late and winning by 1.8 seconds.

Schumacher won his first title since 1995 and the first for Ferrari in 21 years. He won world titles with the Benetton team in 1994 and 1995.

With three world championships, Schumacher is among the career leaders in Formula One. Juan-Manuel Fangio of Argentina holds the mark with five, followed by Alain Prost of France with four.

McLaren's David Coulthard finished third, more than a minute behind Schumacher.


PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: At Filderstadt, Germany, Martina Hingis gave her 17-year-old opponent a 52-minute tennis lesson, routing Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-0, 6-3 to win the $535,000 Porsche Grand Prix for the fourth time.

Hingis was playing her first tournament since losing to Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. But the layoff didn't show as the 20-year-old Swiss star swept her three matches, dropping just 10 games. She earned $87,000, breaking the $2 million mark for the year and passing Williams.

TOYOTA PRINCESS CUP: In Tokyo, second-seeded Serena Williams beat fourth-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis of France 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the Toyota Princess Cup.

Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama won the doubles title, defeating Japan's Nana Miyagi and Argentina's Paola Suarez 6-0, 6-1. Halard-Decugis and Sugiyama won the U.S. Open doubles title.

SALEM OPEN: In Hong Kong, third-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany won his second title of the year, defeating Australia's Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 in the final of the $375,000 Salem Open.

Utah State

VOLLEYBALL: The Utah State women's volleyball team, ranked 25th in the country, lost its second straight conference match, this time to the University of the Pacific in three straight, 11-15, 15-17, 4-15.

With the loss, the Aggies fell to 12-5 and 4-2 in the Big West Conference. Pacific improved to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in league play with the win.

Utah State will return to action on Tuesday when the 16th-ranked University of Utah visits the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m.