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Women's basketball

U.S. DOWNS JAPAN: Sheryl Swoopes scored 19 points in a return to her alma mater to help the U.S. women's basketball team beat Japan 118-66 Monday night for its 12th straight win.

Swoopes was 8-for-8 from the field, including both her 3-point attempts, and missed only one free throw in 21 minutes on Texas Tech's home court in Lubbock, Texas.

She played two seasons at Texas Tech, where she led the Lady Raiders to the 1993 NCAA title with a championship-game record 47 points in an 84-82 win over Ohio State. Texas Tech retired Swoopes' No. 22 jersey Feb. 19, 1994.

It was the United States' second win in a three-game series with Japan. The United States beat Japan 123-71 on Friday in Denver. The two teams play their final game Wednesday in Houston.

Auto racing

BURTON IN ACCIDENT: NASCAR driver Ward Burton escaped serious injuries Monday when his sport utility vehicle ran off a highway, struck a guardrail and overturned.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Burton, who was traveling alone, suffered only a bump to the head.

The patrol said Burton apparently fell asleep at the wheel of a 2004 Chevy Suburban and crashed around 7:30 a.m. He was traveling about 60 mph in a 65 mph zone, officials said.

College basketball

MIAMI HAS FAITH IN HAITH: Frank Haith took over as Miami's basketball coach Monday after three seasons as an assistant at Texas.

Haith replaces Perry Clark, who was fired last month after two consecutive losing seasons.

Clark went 64-55 in four years, but he was 25-33 the last two — hardly what Miami was looking for when it built a $48 million on-campus arena that opened in 2002. Miami lost 10 straight games near the end of this season, its longest losing streak in a decade, and failed to reach the Big East tournament.


RONALDO SIDELINED: World Cup star Ronaldo will be sidelined up to two weeks with a left leg injury, Real Madrid's team doctor said Monday.

The Spanish league's leading scorer was hurt during the first half of a 3-0 loss to Osasuna on Sunday. Ronaldo will miss a key league game against rival Atletico de Madrid on Saturday, and he could be sidelined for Real Madrid's game against FC Barcelona on April 25.


FIRST TO SCORE 400 RUNS: West Indies captain Brian Lara set a cricket world record Monday by becoming the first man to score 400 runs in an international match in St. John's Antigua.

The previous record of 380 runs was set by Australia's Matthew Hayden against Zimbabwe last October.

The 34-year-old Lara passed Hayden halfway through the third day of a five-day match with England.

Lara had held the record before Hayden after scoring 375 runs 10 years ago.

In cricket, a batsman — comparable to a hitter in baseball — tries to score as many runs as possible over any length of time until the bowler — comparable to a pitcher — or fielder gets him out.

It's a notable achievement when a batsman reaches 100 runs, called a "century."


MARTINEZ WINS NO. 700: Former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez won her 700th career match Monday at the Family Circle Cup, becoming just the seventh woman in the Open era to reach that milestone.

The 16th-seeded Martinez easily beat Tian Tian Sun of China 6-1, 6-0 in the first round in Charleston, S.C.

Martinez, ranked 24th in the world, has 32 career WTA Tour singles titles and has also reached the final at the French and Australian Opens.