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In Brief: U.S. women on same page

Competitors had problems with starts all afternoon.

The women's 200 only got off on the fifth attempt, after countless protests and jeers from the 22,000 at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. The surprise winner was France's Muriel Hurtis-Houairi in 22.73. The 100 hurdles was a festival of false starts and three disqualifications. Once the race started in the fourth attempt, American Michelle Perry won in 12.68.

The season-ending World Athletics Final offers $3 million in prize money, with an extra $100,000 for every world record. Winners earn $30,000.

Modesto's Suzy Powell will compete in the women's discus today.

Tennis

The United States took a 2-1 lead over Sweden in the Davis Cup semifinals Saturday in Goteborg, Sweden, with Bob and Mike Bryan defeating Simon Aspelin and Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (11), 6-2, 6-3.

The Bryan twins, who are 12-1 in Davis Cup doubles, saved three set points in the tiebreaker on Scandinavium arena's fast indoor carpet. The 24-point tiebreaker was the longest in U.S. Davis Cup history, The Americans won when Aspelin netted a forehand volley off Mike Bryan's excellent service return. It was the Americans' fourth set point.

"It was an incredible breaker, pretty high-quality tennis," Bob Bryan said.

The reverse singles are today with Thomas Johansson starting against Andy Roddick, followed by Joachim Johansson against James Blake.

The winner of the best-of-five series will play Russia or Germany in the final in November. Germany took a 2-1 lead in its semifinal Saturday.

Basketball

Ohio State gave men's basketball coach Thad Matta a raise of almost $500,000, boosting his salary to just under $2.5 million a year, and added a year to his contract to extend it through the 2016 season. Last season the Buckeyes set a school record with 35 wins (and just four losses), losing to defending champion Florida in the national championship game. Ohio State has taken back-to-back Big Ten regular-season titles and won the tournament title in March.

Horse Racing

Now Victory took command at the start and won the $150,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap at Bay Meadows Racecourse on Saturday in San Mateo.

A 31-1 longshot, the 6-year-old gelding established a clear lead down the backstretch and held off Jack's Wild to win the Grade 3 turf race by two lengths.

Hockey

Jeremy Roenick, Devin Setoguchi and Jonathan Cheechoo scored power-play goals to help the host San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in a penalty-filled preseason game.

Dimitri Patzold stopped nine of 10 shots and the Sharks dominated the injury-depleted Canucks from start to finish, outshooting the visitors 37-10.

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