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Third & short

Third & short

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COLOGNE, Germany - Wladimir Klitschko made up for one of the most painful losses of his career. The Ukrainian heavyweight battered Lamon Brewster and scored a technical knockout after the sixth round Saturday to successfully defend his IBF and IBO titles.

"I have waited for this fight for three years," Klitschko said. "This was incredibly important for me. Today I could not lose. My confidence was such I simply could not lose."

Klitschko clearly dominated the first five rounds, making repeated contact with his strong left jab that largely went unanswered.

Brewster seemed to be standing up to the constant punishment, but two massive left-right combinations in the sixth round rocked the American. Before the seventh could start, Brewster's trainer, Buddy McGirt, flapped his towel, and referee Sam Williams called the fight.

Olympics

GUATEMALA CITY - The United States remains without a voice on the Olympics' most influential body, and that may not change before 2010 at the earliest.

U.S. member Anita DeFrantz finished a distant last Saturday in an election for a seat on the International Olympic Committee's executive board, a result which she viewed as another sign of global anti-American sentiment.

"We unfortunately are still in the least-favored nation status," she said. "There is still a lot of work we have to do."

On Saturday, DeFrantz received six votes in an election won by incumbent Gerhard Heiberg of Norway with 49 votes. Spanish member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. - son of the former IOC president - was second with 22 votes, and Algeria's Mustapha Larfaoui third with 15.

Golf

AT&T National: BETHESDA, Md. - A mammoth gallery watched tournament host Tiger Woods make par on 15 of 18 holes, a round that was inches away from being something spectacular. A much thinner crowd followed the day's final group and witnessed an eventful round from Stuart Appleby, who roller-coastered his way to a two-stroke lead Saturday over K.J. Choi with one round to play at the AT&T National.

Woods, meanwhile, rued what could have been. Putt after putt missed by just inches - a 37-footer at No. 2, a 6-footer at No. 3, a 21-footer at No. 13, a 14-footer at No. 14. The result was a 69 that gave him a 208 total and tied for eighth - seven shots off the lead.

"I turned a 63 or 64 into a 69 very smoothly," Woods said.

Appleby shot 2-under 68 on a hot and humid afternoon at Congressional Country Club. For every breathtaking iron shot - such as the approach to 5 feet at No. 3 - there was a hole such as No. 12, when the Aussie found the rough with his tee shot and three-putted for a bogey.


European Open: STRAFFAN, Ireland - Soren Hansen of Denmark birdied four of the last five holes to shoot a 7-under 63 for a two-stroke lead in the third round of the European Open.

Hansen has a 10-under 200 total, two strokes ahead of Robert Rock, who shot 66 on Saturday.

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