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EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS: Slovenia, Spain, Russia and defending champion Lithuania advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Sunday.

Slovenia and Lithuania advanced with 3-0 records, while Russia and Spain won their groups despite losing their final preliminary round games.

In Tuesday's playoffs to determine the other quarterfinalists, Serbia-Montenegro plays France, Germany meets Turkey, Greece faces Israel and Croatia takes on Italy.

The four winners of each group advanced directly to the quarterfinals, while second- and third-place teams went into an additional playoff round to advance.


BONDRA JOINS THRASHERS: Unrestricted free agent Peter Bondra signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.

The deal was thought to include a base salary of around $500,000 and he could earn another $2.9 million if the Thrashers win the Stanley Cup.


THREAT HALTS GAME: A high school football game in Parsippany, N.J., was postponed after a parent threatened one of the coaches for benching his son.

Robert Stanel was charged with making terroristic threats toward coach Parsippany coach Gerry Moore. Stanel's son, Joe, was benched for being five minutes late that morning.

The threat was made in Moore's office, just before the Parsippany team was to make the bus trip to West Caldwell for Saturday's game against West Essex Regional.

According to police, Stanel threatened to kill Moore. Stanel denied that but told The Sunday Star-Ledger of Newark he told Moore he would "come looking for him later."

RHODES HAD STROKE: Team physicians said Sunday that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes suffered a mild stroke after experiencing a case of dizziness last week and being hospitalized.

"He presented with dizziness and had multiple testing done that proved and showed the mild stroke," team physician Brad Shoup said in a statement. "He's recovering well and appears not to have any type of deficits after the stroke."

Rhodes, 54, did not accompany the team to Jacksonville last week. He was in the coaches' booth on Sunday as a consultant, but linebackers coach John Marshall handled the play calling.


RUSSIA WINS FED CUP: Elena Dementieva refused to take credit for Russia's Fed Cup victory over France.

Perhaps she should.

The Russians won the title for the second straight year Sunday. Dementieva won both her singles matches in the best-of-five final and teamed with Dinara Safina to capture the deciding doubles for a 3-2 victory. The Russian duo beat Mary Pierce and Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.