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POLE VAULT RECORD: Svetlana Feofanova reclaimed the pole vault world record from Stacy Dragila by clearing 15 feet, 9 inches Sunday at the World Indoor Championships.

The Russian bettered the mark of 15-8 1/4 Dragila set at the U.S. Indoor Championships on March 2. Dragila — the Olympic champion and outdoor world record holder — failed to clear a height in Saturday's qualifying and did not make Sunday's final.

Dragila still holds the outdoor record of 15-9 1/4. She raised the indoor record eight times before a foot injury kept her from jumping her best for most of last year.

Auto racing

DODGE DEALERS 400: Ricky Craven won the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 by inches Sunday, finishing alongside Kurt Busch after their cars hit repeatedly on the closing straightaway.

The unofficial margin of victory was two thousandths of a second — the smallest since NASCAR introduced electronic timing in 1993.

Craven earned the second win of his career by charging from fourth with 23 laps to go. He moved up to second place on lap 271 of the 293-lap event when pole-sitter Elliott Sadler bounced off the wall and lost ground.


NBA EPHEDRA WARNING: The NBA players' union sent a letter to members last month warning them about ephedra, the supplement linked to the death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler during spring training.

Ephedra is not banned by the NBA.

Union director Billy Hunter sent a letter alerting players to the Bechler case and warning them to consult a doctor before taking anything containing ephedra, union spokesman Dan Wasserman said Sunday.


PACIFIC LIFE OPEN: Lleyton Hewitt and girlfriend Kim Clijsters have matching Pacific Life Open titles.

Top-ranked Hewitt beat a weary Gustavo Kuerten 6-1, 6-1 to defend his championship, right after top-seeded Clijsters defeated Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 7-5 in the women's final Sunday.


FREITAS RETAINS TITLE: Brazil's Acelino Freitas retained his WBA and WBO junior lightweight titles Saturday night, stopping Mexico's Juan Carlos Ramirez in the fourth round.

Referee Gino Rodriguez stopped the fight at 19 seconds of the fourth round after Freitas pinned Ramirez against the ropes and landed a series of punches that left the challenger defenseless.


CONCACAF CUP: Amado Guevara scored his second goal in the 85th minute as nine-time Honduran champion CD Motagua tied the MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 Sunday in the CONCACAF champions cup round of 16.

Carlos Ruiz scored in the 21st minute and Alexi Lalas in the 62nd for the Galaxy.

Guevara scored on a 28th-minute penalty kick after Los Angeles defender Tyrone Marshall was called for a hand ball in the penalty area.

Panama's Arabe Unido defeated Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew 2-1 Sunday in the first round of the CONCACAF regional champions soccer tournament.

Augusto Salinas scored on a penalty kick just seven minutes into the game. But the Crew, playing with 10 men in the second half following an ejection, scored on a shot by Edson Buddle at 59 minutes.


LALIVE TO HAVE SURGERY: Two-time Olympian Caroline Lalive had surgery to repair knee ligaments she tore in a crash earlier this month at a World Cup event.

Lalive had surgery last week in Vail, Colo., and is recovering at home, the U.S. ski team said Sunday.

Lalive was injured March 1 when she caught an edge with one of her skis as she approached the finish line in a World Cup downhill race near Innsbruck, Austria. Her skis flipped into the air as she went down and one landed on her back.