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November 12, 2009

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps finished second in the 200-meter medley final at the short-course World Cup in Stockholm, struggling in the old-style swimsuit that will become standard next year. Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, clocked 1 minute 53.93 seconds. He was more than two seconds behind South Africa's Darian Townsend.

BOXING: Mike Tyson allegedly hit a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport and was booked and released on suspicion of misdemeanor battery Wednesday, police said. Tyson and the unnamed photographer both want to press charges for misdemeanor battery. The paparazzo told police that Tyson struck him once, police said. The photographer fell to the ground and was treated for a cut to his forehead at a hospital. Tyson's spokeswoman Tammy Brook said the boxer was traveling with his wife and 10-month-old child Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzo. He acted in self-defense to protect his child, she said.

GOLF: Tiger Woods ran off three straight birdies late in his opening-round 6-under 66 that put him atop the leaderboard in the Australian Masters.

MOTORSPORTS: NASCAR has docked Kyle Busch 25 Nationwide points and fined crew chief Jason Ratcliff $5,000 after Busch's No. 18 Toyota failed inspection before last week's race at Texas.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Suspended Minnesota freshman forward Royce White is being investigated in the theft of a laptop computer from a campus dormitory room last weekend. White already faces charges for allegedly shoplifting and shoving a security guard at a mall last month. ... Virginia coach Tony Bennett said senior forward Jamil Tucker, from Gary, Ind., is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. ... Hawaii center Douglas Kurtz must sit out the first six games because he played three games in a professional league in his native Brazil in 2007.

TENNIS: Top-ranked Roger Federer lost to Julien Benneteau 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters. ... In other matches, Rafael Nadal saved five match points to beat Nicolas Almagro. ... Marat Safin lost to Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

SOCCER: Police said Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke left behind a suicide note. Authorities would not say Wednesday where the note was found, but said all the evidence points to suicide. The 32-year-old Enke died Tuesday when he was hit by a train outside Hannover, where he played his club soccer.

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