U.S. WINS GOLD: Tina Thompson scored 18 points to help the United States qualify for the 2008 Olympics with a 101-71 victory over Cuba on Sunday in the gold medal game at the FIBA Americas tournament.

The U.S. (5-0) was forced to qualify for an Olympics berth for the first time since 1980 because of a third-place finish at the World Championships last year.

Horse racing

CURLIN WINS CUP: Curlin caught Lawyer Ron in the final strides after a riveting stretch duel and won the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sunday, giving the Preakness winner an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic next month.

Auto racing

PENALTY DODGED: Championship contender Tony Stewart will not be penalized for cursing on live TV following practice at Kansas Speedway. The two-time series champion was talking to Robby Gordon on pit road following a Saturday practice when he was approached by an ESPN cameraman. Unaware the camera was live, Stewart said: "What? Get ... away from me," with an obscenity underlining his remark. After talking with ESPN officials, Stewart and his Joe Gibbs Racing team, NASCAR decided not to punish him.

JAPANESE GP: Lewis Hamilton won a wet-and-wild Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to move closer to the Formula One title with two races to go. Hamilton's main rival, McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso, crashed out of the race. Heikki Kovalainen of Renault was second and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari finished third. Hamilton has a 12-point lead in the drivers standings.


U.S. WINLESS: The United States lost to South Africa 64-15 in the final group game at the Rugby World Cup in France and ended the tournament with losses in all four of its games.