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Soccer

FIFA WORLD YOUTH: Argentina defeated Ghana 3-0 Sunday to win the FIFA World Youth Championship for the fourth time.

Diego Colotto opened the scoring in the sixth minute in Buenos Aires. Javier Saviola, the tournament's top scorer, scored on a header in the 14th minute. Maxmiliano Rodriguez added a goal in 72nd minute.

Earlier in the day, Egypt beat Paraguay 1-0 to finish in third place.

Before a capacity crowd of 50,000 at Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Argentina coach Jose Pekerman won his third youth title. The Argentines also won the trophy in 1979, 1995 and 1997.

Twenty-four nations took part in the biennial tournament for players under 20 years old. The United States was eliminated in the second round with a 2-0 loss to Egypt.

Ghana was playing in its second final, having lost to Brazil in 1993.

Basketball

UTAH SKY LOSES: The Utah Sky, a girls basketball club composed of Utah high school players, lost to Mile High of Denver in the second round of the End of the Oregon Trail basketball tournament in Oregon City, Ore., 54-53.

The heartbreaking defeat came after Utah had battled from behind to take a 9-point lead midway through the second half, but poor free-throw shooting led to the defeat. Utah made only 18 of 31 foul shots while Mile High shot 80 percent on 20 for 25 from the line. Nina Brunt of Kearns High led the Sky with 15 points and four other players — Shalee Fackrell, Vanessa Hutson, Jara Ludlow and Monica Miller — helped lead a balanced scoring attack with 8 points each.

Rodeo

OAKLEY WINNER: Bareback rider Lan LaJeunesse is at the start of what he hopes is a full circle. Riding in the shadows of Park City, a hub of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the Utah cowboy won the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour round at the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo on Saturday — a performance he hopes will help earn him a ticket back to the area for the 2002 Olympic Command Performance Rodeo.

The 1999 world champion, LaJeunesse, of Morgan, rode Bar T Rodeo's Born Free, also from Utah, for 85 points to earn 12 Copenhagen Cup Series points. Those points edged him one step closer to the summer Copenhagen Cup Finale in Dallas, the culminating event of the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour, which presents a chance for each event winner to qualify for the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo.

His traveling partners, Rocky Steagall and Kelly Wardell, already qualified for the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo by winning the Dodge National Circuit Finals bareback riding title and winter Copenhagen Cup Finale of the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour bareback riding title, respectively.

The Olympic rodeo is scheduled Feb. 9-11 in Farmington at the Davis Legacy Center.