Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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U.S. Cyclist Takes Tour DuPont Title

Lance Armstrong was a disappointing fifth Sunday in the final stage of the Tour DuPont, but it was enough for him to win the most important bicycling event in the United States.

With his title, Armstrong, 23, became the second American to win the race that began in 1989 as the Tour de Trump. Greg LeMond, a three-time Tour de France champion, won the race in 1992, his last stage-race victory before retiring last December.

Defending champion Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia rode to a dominating final-stage win in Greensboro, N.C. Still, Armstrong - making good on a promise of victory he made five years ago - finished the 11-stage competition 2 minutes ahead of Ekimov.

The seventh annual race began April 26 in Wilmington, Del., and progressed 1,130 miles through Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

***** TENNIS Chang Outlasts Agassi, Wins Tourney

Michael Chang survived No. 1-ranked Andre Agassi's comeback to win the title at the AT&T Challenge in Atlanta. Chang, the defending champion and second seed, defeated Agassi 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.

Wayne Ferreira won his second title of the year by beating Michael Stich 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the final of the BMW Open in Munich, Germany.

Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez put on a powerful display of clay-court tennis to overwhelm 14-year-old Martina Hingis 6-1, 6-0 and win the Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany.

***** MISCELLANEOUS Boxer `Critical' After Surgery

Challenger Jimmy Garcia was in critical condition after surgery for a blood clot on the brain after taking a beating Saturday night in a fight against Gabriel Ruelas for the World Boxing Council super-featherweight title in Las Vegas. …

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