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Azinger helps U.S. win UBS Warburg Cup

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Ryder Cup memories came to life Sunday, as Paul Azinger holed another bunker shot and Curtis Strange got a small measure of revenge against fellow captain Sam Torrance.

The difference at the UBS Warburg Cup was the outcome: The United States won.

Behind strong performances from Hale Irwin and Tom Lehman in terrible weather, the Americans easily retained the UBS Warburg Cup.

The final score was 14 1/2 -9 1/2 in matches between the United States and the Rest of the World.

U.S. soccer team ends '02 in style

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. national team wrapped up its most successful year Sunday and took its first steps toward the next World Cup with a 2-0 exhibition victory over El Salvador.

Ben Olsen, returning after four operations on his right ankle, scored his first international goal in more than 2 1/2 years, and Sasha Victorine scored in just his second U.S. team appearance.

The United States finished 13-6-1 in 2002, setting a national record for victories in a calendar year and advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in for the first time in 72 years.

Catholic swimmers advance to state championships

Four girls from the Monsignor Martin Association have qualified for this week's New York State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Senior Amy Mehltretter of Holy Angels will swim the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Erin Hanley of Nardin made it in the 100 breaststroke. Two swimmers, freshman Laura Powalski of Mount St. Mary and sophomore Emily Ciraolo of Holy Angels, qualified in the 50 free.

Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center will host the meet, which begins Friday and concludes Saturday.

Raiders are champs in touch football

Bobby Wesolek scored the only touchdown, then made an end-zone interception at the end of the game to lead the Raiders over the Bills, 6-0, in the 40th championship game of the JFK Touch Football League on Sunday at Riverside Park.

Center/linebacker Will Chandler also stood out for the Raiders.

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