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Oscar De la Hoya made at least 20 million dollars in his fight against Shane Mosley, but he also was looking for a place in history by taking revenge on the only man who truly beat him three years ego.

   "Strike three will be my last one, but I'm not going to lose," De la Hoya said at his Big Bear camp in the San Bernardino Mountains three weeks before the fight. But Sugar Shane beat the Golden Boy again--only this time that victory has a question mark attached to it.

   Oscar wants to find out who has such an interest in him losing when he feels that he should have been victorious. Déjà vu of his fight with Felix Trinidad. After that one, he also believed he had won. But the judges did not see it the same way, and gave the decision to the Puerto Rican contender.

   "I will open a full investigation with my lawyers about what happened tonight," De la Hoya said after the MGM debacle. "I just feel in my heart that the decision should have been in my favor," said Oscar, holding back tears in his eyes.

   The three official cards gave Mosley 7 of 12, enough to win unanimously. But
De la Hoya offered as proof of conspiracy the numbers of the Compubox in his favor, saying he won in every category, especially in more jabs connected--106 for only 33 from Mosley.

   In our very independent opinion, Shane was just looking to finish the fight with one power shot while being confused as to what to do to keep up with the offense of De la Hoya.

   Oscar was always sure of being ahead in the fight. The referee hurried both fighters to pick up the action and the champ was putting in more blows in his favor.

   Shane knew it; and even was surprised when he got the win by a score of 115-113 from the three judges. 

   Without saying it directly, Oscar may be suggesting the boxing system is corrupt and wants to set the example of standing up and fighting to the last consequence.

   "I'm going to get to the bottom of this," he said. "It is not about retirement, and it is not about my future in boxing. I think boxing needs good decisions to keep the sport alive. We fought hard, but I truly felt that something was wrong. I'll use all my resources to find the truth. If I'm wrong, I will live with it, and if I'm right, it will be even better."

   And the new super welterweight champion of the world WBC/ WBA Sugar Shane Mosley also won 4.5 million dollars plus another half million in bonus and a cut of the pay-per-view and closed circuit sales. He accepted the verdict saying that this time his power prevailed over speed.

   "It was a very close fight that could have gone either way, but I got the decision and I'm happy," Shane said.

   The Golden Boy brought millions of dollars to the economy of Las Vegas which a lot of people thought was his home. So Oscar felt that someone he can't see slapped him in the face, or maybe even worse, like he was stabbed in the back. He wants to know how the judges came to score the fight.

   The players of the Women's United Soccer Association, WUSA, must now play with their hearts on the line as they have lost their sponsors.

   Operations are suspended and a possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy looms ahead.

   There is some hope for new sponsors now that the FIFA World Cup 2003 has been moved to the US. Originally scheduled to be played in China, the fear of a SARS epidemic forced a change of venue. The United States has hosted the maximum soccer event twice before.

   The first 32 matches of 16 women's teams began Sept. 20 in Philadelphia, and the event continued through five other cities through Columbus Day, ending in Carson, Calif., in Los Angeles County.


   This tournament served to help prepare the defending women's champions to participate in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

   Their Sept. 21 match against Sweden showcased the talents of No. 9, Mariel Margaret "Mia" Hamm, forward midfielder and mastermind; Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow and Shannon Boxx.

   Mia assisted on three goals made by those girls. They defeated Sweden 3-1.
Their next match was Sept. 25 against Nigeria in Philadelphia. The other team in Group A is North Korea.
Other U.S. starters were Brianna Scurry, goalkeeper; Tiffany Milbrett; and No. 6 defensive fielder Chastain Brandi.

   The "new girls in town" consist of No. 4 defensive Catherine "Cat" Reddick, the youngest member; midfielder Aly Wagner, Abby Wambach and Angela Hucles who excels in defending the box.

   The rest of the U.S. roster and girls coming to relieve from the bench are goalkeeper Siri Millinix in her first year; defensives Kylie Bivens, Joy Fawcett, Christie Pearce, Kate Sobrero and Danielle Slaton; forward Shannon MacMillan; midfielders Tiffany Roberts, and Julie Foudy, captain of the U.S. team.

   After such a fine start, coach April Heinrichs is confident the team will keep the trophy captured in 1999 against China in a 5-4 penalties after-play overtime in the Rose Bowl in California.

   Sports pages around the country have followed very closely the achievements of Ana Gabriela Guevara, super star in the world of track in 400 meters. She has been successful the last eight years. "Gaby," as her friends and family call her, has played basketball since elementary school. She jointed the team of Nogales in her high school to capture the State of Sonora Championship.

   In 1996 she competed in track and field. Her father, Cesar Octavio Guevara; her mother, Ana Maria Espinosa; and her siblings Azalia, Cesar, Daniela and Jaime, are all proud of what their daughter and big sister has done in international competition.

   Being No.1 was very familiar to the 26-year-old athlete. She was born in Nogales where she got her first trophy in a track event. Then she won in Sonora, Mexico City, Colombia, Australia and El Salvador.

   Her trainer Raúl Barreda knew that she was a diamond that had to be polished in the field. No matter her position on the track, she regulated her speed in every run. She also keeps calm in rhythm and steals ahead on her side competition, especially in the curve of her track. In the last lap she speeds up and leaves the opponents behind, thus gaining respect from competitors.

   That is why she has been called the "Aztec Gazelle." Her idol has been Michael Jordan in and out of the basketball court, because of the way he played. How he handles media especially impresses her.

   In 1997 Guevara won first place in El Paso-Ciudad Juárez competition, and then got a second place in Arizona. She went back to win in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and in the romantic city of Rome. In 1999 she got the gold in the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg.

   In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Australia, she placed fifth. In 2001 she improved and the experts were surprised when she jumped to third place in Edmonton Canada for a bronze medal.

   Ana Gabriela still is finding ways to win and her dream is to compete and capture gold in the 2004 Olympics.

U.S. Track and Field

   Kelly White impressed the sports world winning gold in the 100 meters and also in the 200 in the IAAF tournament. But the sweetness soured when a chemical substance was found in her system, so she was very close to being suspended from track races. It was a minor stimulant, but she claimed that her doctor had prescribed the medication to control narcolepsy, a disorder wherein an individual sporadically falls asleep.

   Kelly, 26, must wait for a decision from IAAF officials to see if she can keep the medals.

   In other track and field around the states; distance runner Corthey Christensen, (3,000 meters), Nathan Schmidt, Steve Keeler, and Kinsey Coles had something to share: They are the best in track races and all are from North Dakota.

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