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AGGIES PLACE 2ND: Utah State gymnastics (1-1) posted two 39.000-plus all-around finishes to open its 2003 season, including a record-setting performance by freshman Meagan Nelson, but took second place to host Cal State Fullerton (2-0) in a tri-meet with CSF and Illinois-Chicago (0-2). CSF scored 193.875 to win the meet, USU took second with 192.050 and UIC finished third at 191.700.

USU's Nelson is the first freshman to score above a 39.000 in her all-around debut at Utah State in the past 10 years. She won the all-around competition with a 39.175 and led the Aggies on beam (9.750) and floor (9.875). Teammate Nicole Kilpatrick took second in the all-around (39.075) and was USU's top scorer on vault (9.800).


MILLER REGAINS LEAD: Bode Miller regained the lead in the World Cup overall standings by finishing second to Ivica Kostelic in a slalom.

Kostelic, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won his third consecutive race 0.40 seconds ahead of Miller.

Miller needed to finish better than fourth to move ahead of Austrian Stephan Eberharter in the overall standings. Miller leads with 690 points. Eberharter, who won a downhill Saturday to move into first in the standings, is second with 655.

WORLD CUP FREESTYLE: Jeff Bean of Canada won an aerials event for his second World Cup freestyle victory this season, followed by Jeret Peterson of the United States.

Australia's Alisa Camplin, the 2002 Olympic aerials champion, was the women's winner. Kate Reed of the United States was second for her first World Cup medal.

U.S. CROSS COUNTRY: Olympian Carl Swenson won the 50K ski race at Black Mountain for his third gold medal at the U.S. Cross Country Championships.

Katja Ivanova, a Russian who is awaiting final approval of her U.S. citizenship application, also won her third gold medal on the final day of racing in the 30K race.


WARD CASE: U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive Lloyd Ward maintains he did nothing wrong in trying to steer Olympic business to a Detroit-based company with ties to his brother.

The USOC's executive committee meets Monday to consider Ward's case, and he could be cleared, censured or fired.


AMERICA'S CUP: Switzerland's Alinghi made it two wins in a row in the America's Cup challenger final, taking advantage of a crew error by San Francisco's Oracle for a 40-second victory.


U.S. WOMEN TIE JAPAN: Japan surprised defending World Cup champion United States by playing to a scoreless tie, snapping the Americans' 12-game winning streak. The Americans failed to score for the first time in 17 matches since a scoreless tie against Germany last Jan. 25.


BUCKS' VALUE: Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl, a Democratic senator from Wisconsin, has asked a New York investment banking firm and NBA commissioner David Stern to help him assess the franchise and its value, and help identify people or investor groups that would have an interest in the team, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.


TAPIA UPGRADED: Boxer Johnny Tapia's condition was upgraded from critical to serious, a day after he fell down and lost consciousness.

The five-time world champion was admitted to the hospital early Saturday morning after he was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. He was being treated for head trauma.

Track & field

WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON: Adriano Basto of Brazil won the Walt Disney World Marathon by more than five minutes for his first marathon victory. Bea Marie Altieri, of Clermont, Fla., won the women's race.