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A FAMILY AFFAIR: Jordan Parker, 13, Courtney Parker, 11, and Taylor Parker, 8, of Hurricane, Utah, and children of Jacson and Corrina Parker, took first place in their respective divisions at the Elks Soccer Shootout in St. George. Jordan and Taylor followed up those victories with wins at the Utah State Shootout Sept. 15. Courtney took third place. Kendra Hall, also of Hurricane, won her age division at the state competition, and the three division winners will compete in the Western United States Championships in November.

Auto racing

CAL RIPKEN JR. 400: At Dover, Del., Inspired by Old Glory and its flag-waving fans, America's favorite driver — Dale Earnhardt Jr. — won the Cal Ripken Jr. 400 as NASCAR raced for the first time since the terrorist attacks.

"To see that reaction is really overwhelming. It's good to be reminded sometimes of what to be thankful for," he said Sunday after one of the most popular victories in the history of the sport.

Adding another special touch to the dramatic day, Earnhardt's car is No. 8, the same number Ripken has worn throughout his record-setting career with the Baltimore Orioles. The $3.3 million race was renamed in honor of Ripken, who waved the green flag to start the event.

ROCKINGHAM 500: At Rockingham, England, Gil de Ferran and Kenny Brack made daring passes on the last two laps of the Rockingham 500, and provided a temporary diversion from recent tragic events.

"We are still under a bit of a cloud after what happened last week in the U.S. and then to Alex Zanardi," De Ferran said after winning Saturday's Rockingham 500. "All that is very much in our minds, but we are trying to return to some sort of normality. I was very glad to be racing, and it was very exciting out there."