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U.S. Defeats Canada to Claim Water Polo Gold Medal

The U.S. men’s junior national team defeated Canada, 6-5, to take home the gold medal at the Junior Pan American Games in Havana Saturday.

Peter Joseph from Long Beach Wilson scored the winning goal in the fourth quarter to lead the United States.

The U.S. trailed, 4-3, at halftime when Jon Pharris from Newport Harbor was inserted as goalie. Pharris had three saves and limited Canada to two second-half goals, none in the fourth quarter.

Matt Flesher from Brea Olinda scored a goal and Todd Hylton from Costa Mesa had strong defensive performances in the victory.

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Tiffany Manning and Michael Hilde of the Mission Viejo Nadadores won events at the U.S. Zone E Junior National qualifying meet at the Mission Viejo Aquatics Center.

Manning won he girls’ 14 and 15 platform. Carly Banks and Erica Healy, also from the Nadadores, finished second and third.

Hilde won the boys’ 13 and under one-meter board. Ray Vincent from the Nadadores finished second in the boys’ 16-18 three-meter board.

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In the girls’ 16-18 one-meter board, Kristen Marquis and Michelle Brown of Crown Valley Divers took first and second.

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Taylor Dent of Newport Beach won twice in the qualifying tournament for the Mercedes-Benz Cup at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Dent beat John Paul Fruttero, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, then Cecil Mamiit, 6-2, 6-3. He needs one more victory today to reach the tournament’s main draw.

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Gerry Tatrai of Australia was the only rider to pass through the 15th time station in Mayhill, N.M., as he continued to lead the Race Across America.

Tatrai, passed through the town which is 907 miles into the 2,906-mile race, at 7:09 p.m. Saturday.

Six riders--led by Seana Hogan from San Jose and Tom Buckley of Keokuk, Iowa--had passed through the 14th time station in Alamogordo, N.M., 868 miles into the race.

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Tatrai is averaging 376 miles a day, Hogan is averaging 361 and Buckley 359.

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The West Coast Shamrocks from Mission Viejo defeated FC Greater Boston Bolts, 4-1, to win the under-19 girls’ championship at the Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Saturday at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.

The Bolts had not given up a goal in 10 games but that streak was stopped early as Stephanie Rigamat (UC Irvine) scored in the sixth minute to give the Shamrocks a 1-0 lead.

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Karine Inoue and Jennifer Brick scored in the second half to give the Shamrocks a 3-0 lead. After a goal by the Bolts, Jennifer Moore scored the final goal of the game for the Shamrocks.


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