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Monday, October 2, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Briefs | Wambach leads U.S. soccer to 10-0 rout of Taiwan

Soccer

Wambach collects three goals, three assists: Abby Wambach had three goals and three assists to lead the U.S. women's team to a 10-0 rout of Taiwan in an exhibition match Sunday before 5,479 in Carson, Calif.

Wambach has 62 goals in international play, ranking sixth on the U.S. career list.

Goalkeeper Briana Scurry of the United States (12-0-3) did not need to make a save. Taiwan was outshot 23-0.

Manchester United leads English Premier League: Manchester United moved back into first place in the English Premier League, beating visiting Newcastle 2-0 on goals by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United and two-time defending champion Chelsea each have 16 points, but Man U leads the league based on goal difference.

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, a former Seattle Pacific and Seattle Sounders standout, posted a shutout as Reading beat West Ham 1-0.

Tennis

Blake triumphs in Thailand Open: American James Blake downed top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-3, 6-1 to win the Thailand Open final in Bangkok.

Blake, seeded third, has won four ATP Tour tournaments this year and seven in his career.

Bondarenko prevails: Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko, 22, beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3, 6-2 in the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg for her first WTA Tour tournament victory.

Daniilidou wins Korea Open: Eleni Daniilidou of Greece beat Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) in the Korea Open final in Seoul. It was her fourth WTA Tour singles title.

Horse racing

Trainer Fabre sends out his seventh Arc winner: Rail Link won the $2.54 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris, giving trainer Andre Fabre his seventh victory in Europe's most prestigious race.

Rail Link, ridden by Stephane Pasquier, ran about 1-½ miles in 2 minutes, 31-3/5 seconds on a Longchamp turf course rated good. The 3-year-old colt, who beat 6-year-old mare Pride by a neck, paid $26.80 to win in U.S. betting pools for the Group I race.

Odds-on Japanese standout Deep Impact finished third in the field of eight.

Discreet Cat romps: Discreet Cat ($2.10 to win) improved his career record to 5 for 5 with a 10-¼-length victory in the $155,800 Jerome Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade II race for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Garrett Gomez rode the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt, who ran a mile in 1:36-2/5 on a main track rated good.

NHL

Devils trade Malakhov: New Jersey made a major move to get under the league salary cap by sending suspended defenseman Vladimir Malakhov — who has a $3.6 million salary — and a conditional first-round draft pick to the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Jim Fahey and the rights to left wing Alexander Korolyuk.

Boxing

Arias has bleeding in his brain: Costa Rican fighter Lucas Green Arias was being treated to relieve bleeding in his brain after being knocked out by Jean Pascal in a WBC super-middleweight bout Saturday in Montreal.

Doping

Researchers developing test: Anti-doping laboratories are working on a test to detect protease, a powder some contend is being used to destroy traces of performance-enhancing EPO in urine samples.

Running

Runyan wins: Marla Runyan of Eugene, Ore., took the Twin Cities Marathon women's race in Minnesota in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 17 seconds. The race served as the women's national championship.

Rowing

Bayer dies: Ernestine "Ernie" Bayer, sometimes called the mother of women's rowing, died of pneumonia Sept. 10 in Exeter, N.H. She was 97.

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