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The United States was stripped of its 1,600-meter relay gold medal from the 2003 world championships because of Calvin Harrison's second doping violation. The gold goes to France, the silver to Jamaica and the bronze to the Bahamas.

The Boston Red Sox, who swept the World Series for their first championship in 86 years, were picked as Sportsmen of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

Jason Hurd picked up his first PBA Tour singles title by defeating Mike Edwards, 226-190, in the PBA Pepsi Open at Wichita, Kan. Hurd broke his six-match losing streak on TV by defeating Rick Lawrence, 243-185, in the semifinals. The loss was Lawrence's first on television in his career, after he started 6-0. In the first semifinal, Edwards defeated Danny Wiseman, 222-164.

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