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By the U.S., the Baseball World Cup, with a 10--5 victory over Cuba in Nettuno, Italy, on Sunday. Team USA (above), which was managed by Eddie Rodriguez and comprised of Double A and Triple A players, won its remaining 14 games following an opening loss to Venezuela in the 22-team tournament. In the gold medal game the U.S. broke a 4--4 tie with a six-run seventh inning. This is the second straight World Cup title for the U.S., after Cuba won nine in a row from 1984 through 2005. "Other than playing in a World Series, this is as big as it gets," said catcher Lucas May, a Dodgers prospect who homered and drove in four runs in the final. "It feels good to wear a gold medal."
By Belgium's Justine Henin, that she is returning to tennis after a 16-month retirement. Henin, 27, the winner of seven Grand Slam events, was the world's No. 1 player when she abruptly put down her racket in 2008. During her time off she served as an ambassador for UNICEF and also worked to rebuild her serve, hoping more power and consistency would help her compete if and when she returned. Henin will rejoin the WTA tour in January and plans to play in the Australian Open.
From a Lexington, Ky., hospital on Sunday morning, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who suffered a concussion during the Gators' 41--7 win over Kentucky the night before. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and one of the favorites to win the award this year, was injured when he banged the back of his head on a teammate's knee while being sacked in the third quarter. As of Monday it was unknown when Tebow would be able to practice again, or if he would be available for the top-ranked Gators' next game, at No. 4 LSU on Oct. 10. If Tebow can't play, sophomore backup John Brantley would make his first college start.
By Danica Patrick (right), a three-year contract extension with Andretti Green Racing, ending talk that the IndyCar star would jump to NASCAR in 2010. Patrick, 27, who is fifth in the IndyCar Series standings heading into the Oct. 10 season finale in Homestead, Fla., has often said that she is interested in switching from open-wheel to stock car racing. Patrick's new contract reportedly will allow her to race occasionally in lower-tier NASCAR series but not in the Sprint Cup. Patrick has one win in five years on the IndyCar circuit, at the 2008 Indy Japan 300.
By Binghamton (N.Y.) basketball coach Kevin Broadus, six players, less than a month before preseason practice begins. Last Thursday starting point guard Emanuel (Tiki) Mayben was arraigned on felony charges of cocaine possession and sale; he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. Broadus banned him from the team, and the next day he kicked off five more players: last year's scoring leader, forward D.J. Rivera; starting guard Malik Alvin; and Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby and David Fine. None of the five have been implicated in the Mayben case; a school spokesman would only say that "their attitude and behavior ... is not what we expect." The Bearcats, who last season made their first NCAA tournament appearance, now have just seven scholarship players this season.