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Protester halts historic Boat Race

The Boat Race, one of England's most historic sporting events, was brought to a standstill on Saturday when a protester jumped into the River Thames and narrowly avoided being struck by the oars of the Oxford and Cambridge crews.

Race umpire John Garrett halted the race around 2 1/2 miles into the 4 1/4 -mile course in front of thousands of shocked spectators along the river banks in southwest London, before the swimmer -- who was wearing a wetsuit -- was collected by a police boat and arrested on suspicion of a public order offense.

The protester, Trenton Oldfield, claimed responsibility for the stunt on a blog entitled Elitism Leads To Tyranny, calling it was an act of civil disobedience.

After the race was restarted 31 minutes later halfway along the course, Oxford's German rower Dr. Hanno Wienhausen lost half of his oar after the crews clashed -- allowing Cambridge to cruise to victory against seven oarsmen. A margin of victory wasn't given by officials.

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Team USA opens with big win

Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored three goals and twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux had two in the three-time defending champion United States' 9-2 victory over Canada on Saturday night in the Women's World Hockey Championships.

The United States scored five times in the first 5 1/2 minutes and finished with the most goals Canada has allowed in a women's game.

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Thomas 'deeply disappointed' by firing

Isiah Thomas said Saturday that he is deeply disappointed by his firing by Florida International, adding that he felt the long-struggling program was on the verge of a breakthrough season.

The Basketball Hall of Fame player was fired Friday. He went 26-65 in three years, and FIU's program hasn't had a winning record since 1999-2000.

"I am deeply disappointed that I wasn't given the time to finish the job of building FIU into one of the nation's top basketball programs," Thomas said. "The foundation for success had been laid and we were looking forward to having our breakout year, with another strong recruiting class."

From News Staff and wire service reports