Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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De La Hoya Batters Kamau To Retain Title

Oscar De La Hoya returned to knockout form in spectacular fashion Saturday night, stopping David Kamau with a vicious left hook in the second round to retain his World Boxing Council welterweight title in San Antonio.

De La Hoya knocked Kamau down early in the second round with a left hook, then finished him with a left that sent Kamau spinning around and to the canvas with 17 seconds left in the round. It was the 21st knockout in 25 fights for De La Hoya, who was defending for the first time the WBC title he won two months ago from Pernell Whitaker. But De La Hoya had gone the distance in his two previous fights and was looking to regain his knockout punch as a welterweight. BOXING Toney Wins IBO Cruiserweight Title James Toney (55-4-2) started out slowly but took charge after the first two rounds and captured the vacant International Boxing Organization cruiserweight championship with a 12-round unanimous decision over Steve L ittle (24-15-2) in Biloxi, Miss. MOTOR SPORTS Schumacher Wins Canadian Pole Michael Schumacher won the pole position for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. His time of 1:18.095 edged Jacques Villeneuve's 1:18.108 and relegated Villeneuve to the outside spot on the front row for the second consecutive year. Schumacher, the 1994 Canada winner, gave Ferrari its first pole of the season and earned the 15th of his Formula One career. He trails Villeneuve in the season points standings by three points. * Joe Amato, Randy Anderson, Jim Yates and Matt Hines were the leaders for Sunday's finals Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Hebron, Ohio. Amato was the No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel after covering the quarter-mile in 4.662 seconds at 311.85 mph in the Keystone Dragster. Anderson, a rookie, was the leader in Funny Car with a 5.006 at 308.00 in a Pontiac. Yates was the Pro Stock leader with a 7.023 at 195.82 in a Pontiac. Hines headed the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a 7. …

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