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Gatti's wife accused of killing former boxing champion

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian authorities detained the wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti and formally accused her Sunday of killing him at a posh seaside tourist resort in Brazil.

Police said 23-year-old Amanda Rod-rigues was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation and presented a formal accusation against her. Prosecutors will later decide whether she will be charged.

Rodrigues, who denies any involvement in her husband's death, was the first to find the slain boxer's body early Saturday inside the vacation apartment they were renting at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil, police said.

The former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police. She told The Associated Press that the Canadian also sustained a head injury.

Police said Rodrigues, a Brazilian, could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours inside the residence without noticing that Gatti was already dead.

Rodrigues told police she had a fight with Gatti after dinner Friday night and he pushed her to the ground during the altercation, causing her to sustain minor injuries to her elbow and chin. She told authorities Gatti was drunk and that a third party likely committed the crime after he went to the apartment by himself.

Witnesses had reported to police that the couple fought and that Gatti was drunk.

Stricker wins by three at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. -- Steve Stricker followed one of his best performances with 36 solid holes to win the John Deere Classic by three strokes on Sunday.

Stricker, who tied the course record Saturday, fired a 7-under 64 in the fourth round after starting the day with a third-round 68 to finish at 264 for the tournament. That was good enough to give him his second PGA Tour win this year and sixth in all.

Local favorite Zach Johnson (64, 66), Brandt Snedeker (68, 65) and Brett Quigley (62, 67) all tied for second at 17 under. Quigley also qualified for the British Open.

Croatia beats U.S. in Davis Cup quarterfinals

POREC, Croatia -- The United States was eliminated by Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals Sunday when Marin Cilic beat James Blake to clinch the victory.

Cilic won 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 on indoor clay to give Croatia its first semifinal berth since winning the title in 2005.

Lynx beat Silver Stars behind Houston's 26

SAN ANTONIO -- Charde Houston scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 83-76 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday night.

Becky Ham-mon scored 26 points and Sophia Young added 18 for the Silver Stars (5-6).

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