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Hamm, Foudy enshrined in Soccer Hall

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Mia Hamm knows it's more than merchandise and marketing. She regards it as an honor.

"There's not a more humbling experience to walk into a stadium and to see so many girls wearing your jersey," the soccer great said. "I am so proud of that and I hope you can see that every time I took the field."

Hamm spoke Sunday before a record crowd of 4,800, many of them youngsters, at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Hamm entered the shrine with Julie Foudy. The two were the bedrock of the U.S. team that won two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals from 1991 to 2004.

The other inductees are Alan Rothenberg, who helped launch Major League Soccer and organize the 1994 World Cup as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1990 to 1998, and defender Bobby Smith, who played alongside Pele for the Cosmos in the North American Soccer League.

• Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx, Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly scored to give the United States a 4-0 victory over Finland in the team's final game before the Women's World Cup.

Lilly, playing in her world-record 331st international game, added an assist to become the second woman to reach 100 goals and 100 assists in international soccer. Mia Hamm was the first.

"I still feel like I can compete, so that keeps me going," said Lilly, 36. "Heading into a World Cup, I still love that fire, that anxiousness, that nervousness to get ready for a big world championship."

• AUTO RACING -- Scott Dixon took advantage of Dario Franchitti's late collision, winning for the fourth time this season and taking the lead in the IndyCar Series championship with two races remaining.

Franchitti, starting from the pole and beginning the Motorola Indy 300 with an eight-point lead over Dixon in the title fight, dominated the 80-lap race at Infineon Raceway, controlling it until the last round of pit stops.

Dixon, the 2003 series champion, stretched his fuel further than the other leaders almost all day and came off pit road just ahead of Franchitti on lap 68. With cold tires, the New Zealander had to yield to Franchitti heading into turn one, but did hold off Franchitti's Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan for second place at that point.

• Sebastien Bourdais loves racing in Europe.

Closing in on an unprecedented fourth straight Champ Car title, the Frenchman dominated the inaugural Belgian Grand Prix for his sixth victory of the season.

It was also his third win in three Champ Car starts on this side of the Atlantic, after winning races in Germany and England when the circuit last visited Europe in 2003.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- A scorching final 50 meters made Tyson Gay the world champion.

The 100-meter matchup Sunday night between the latest American sprint sensation and co-world record holder Asafa Powell was the most anticipated event of the world track and field championships. Gay made it a one-man show.

Under a full moon on another hot, sticky night at Nagai Stadium -- with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko looking on -- Gay surged ahead of the Jamaican over the final 40 meters to win in 9.85 seconds. A "panicked" Powell couldn't even manage second place. He was third in 9.96, behind Derrick Atkins' 9.91.

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