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Figure Skating

Award named after Kwan

Five-time world champion Michelle Kwan has won Skating magazine's skater of the year award so often she practically owns it. Now it's hers for good. The magazine announced Saturday that its Readers' Choice Award will now be called the Michelle Kwan Trophy. Voted on by readers of Skating, the official magazine of the US Figure Skating Association, the award honors an Olympic-eligible skater for their accomplishments. Kwan won the award for a seventh time this year, and the third year in a row. Since the award began in 1989, no other skater has won it more than once. The USFSA also honored Kwan for a "Decade of Achievement" at its governing council Saturday night. In addition to her five world titles, Kwan has won seven US championships and Olympic silver and bronze medals. Her eight medals at the world championships are a record for a US skater.


Diaz overcomes Contreras

Unbeaten Juan Diaz rallied in the last two rounds and unanimously outpointed Eleazar Contreras in their lightweight boutt on Saturday. Contreras seemed to take control in the sixth round when he floored Diaz with a right hand for the only knockdown of the 10-round fight. Contreras still led on two of the three judges' cards entering the ninth, but was stunned by a combination and had to hold on to make it through the round. Diaz also hurt Contreras during toe-to-toe exchanges several times in the final round. Although Contreras remained on his feet, Diaz was in control by that time. Judges Chuck Hassett and Max DeLuca scored the bout 95-94 in favor of Diaz and judge Gale Van Hoy had it 97-92. Diaz, 19, of Houston weighed 60.75kg and improved to 21-0 with 10 knockouts. Contreras, also 19, of Bakersfield, California, weighed 60.5kg and fell to 19-2-3.

Auto racing

Billy Boat crashes at Indy

Billy Boat crashed on the front straightaway Saturday in the final practice before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Boat, the pole-winner in 1998, was helped out of the car after the crash. He was transferred by ambulance from the track's infield medical facility to Methodist Hospital for evaluation. A team spokeswoman said Boat was complaining of pain between the shoulder blades and was undergoing tests. Boat spun coming out of the fourth turn and continued spinning as the car came down the front straight. The back of Boat's car hit hard into a plastic foam block padding the concrete wall between pit road and the track. Boat's car went airborne, spun around and came to a quick stop near the outside retaining wall.


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