Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

January 21, 2007

College football

Rowe leads West in Shrine Game

Nevada's Jeff Rowe threw two touchdown passes, one of them covering 79 yards to Fresno State's Paul Williams, to help the West beat the East, 21-3, in the 82nd East-West Shrine Game in Houston. Hall of Famer Don Shula coached the East squad. Dan Reeves, who played or coached in an NFL-record nine Super Bowls, directed the West.

Motorcycling

Rider, 42, dies during Dakar Rally

A French motorcyclist died during the next-to-last stage of the Dakar Rally in Senegal, the second death of this year's grueling event across Europe and Africa. Eric Aubijoux, a 42-year-old Yamaha rider, had a heart attack, rally director Etienne Lavigne said. Aubijoux had completed the stage and was finishing an untimed section near Dakar. He stopped his bike "feeling faint" before collapsing, organizers said in a statement. South African motorcyclist Elmer Symons, 29, died Jan. 9 in a crash during the fourth stage.

Boxing

Heavyweight Valuev retains WBA title

Nikolai Valuev retained the WBA heavyweight title in Basel, Switzerland, when American challenger Jameel McCline collapsed in the third round after his left kneecap popped out of place. McCline took a swing at the 7-foot Russian and fell to the canvas as the knee gave out. He tried unsuccessfully to stand, couldn't continue, and had to be carried out on a stretcher. Billed as the biggest title fight in history by the promoters, the 6-foot-6 McCline tipped the scales at 268 pounds and the unbeaten Russian at 322 pounds.

Hatton-Urango -- Ricky Hatton came to Las Vegas to win back his 140-pound title and make a big impression doing it. He accomplished the first, taking Juan Urango's title with a unanimous 12-round decision to set up a lucrative fight in June against Jose Luis Castillo. The big impression, though, will have to come another time. Hatton made a successful debut in the boxing mecca by beating Urango, but even the 3,000 or so fans who came from Britain to cheer their countryman didn't seem all that excited about his lackluster win.

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