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Gasol, Calderon lead Spain to European finals

MADRID, Spain -- Pau Gasol scored 23 points, Jose Calderon made some big plays down the stretch and Spain beat defending champion Greece 82-77 Saturday to reach the final of the European basketball championships.

After Jorge Garbajosa hit two free throws to give Spain an 80-76 lead with 18 seconds to play, Theodoros Papaloukas jumbled the ball as he drove the lane. Juan Carlos Navarro, who also finished with 23 points, hit two free throws at the other end. Calderon scored 18 points.

Vassilis Spanoulis led Greece with 24 points and five assists.

Later Saturday, Lithuania was to play Russia in the other semifinal.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- The Dallas Cowboys' charter flight to Miami made an unscheduled stop for repairs in New Orleans.

"We had a hydraulic problem on our plane. We got it fixed," team spokesman Rich Dalrymple said.

The Boeing 757 landed shortly before 3 p.m. and left about 5:45 p.m., airport spokeswoman Michelle Duffourc said.

"Some of the guys got off the plane but a lot of them stayed on," Dalrymple said.

Another plane was sent from Dallas-Fort Worth to New Orleans to pick up the team, American Airlines spokesman John Hotard said.

But Dalrymple said it turned out not to be needed.

The Cowboys play the Miami Dolphins today.

• AUTO RACING -- Ron Hornaday Jr. got a victory and a little breathing room Saturday in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship duel with Mike Skinner.

It was no contest on the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway oval as the two-time series champion led 174 of the 200 laps in the New Hampshire 200 on the way to his fourth victory of the season and the 33rd of his career.

Rain washed out qualifying earlier Saturday and the field was set by points, with Hornaday and Skinner starting from the front row.

• WNBA -- Diana Taurasi and Swin Cash have won three championships together.

Today, one of them will add another.

The college and Olympic teammates will face each other in Game 5 of the WNBA finals. Cash and the Detroit Shock will be going for their third title in five seasons. Taurasi's Phoenix Mercury are looking for their first.

• TENNIS -- With Maria Sharapova cheering from the bench, Russia moved within one victory of its third Fed Cup title.

Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-1, 6-2 to the put the Russians ahead 2-0 in the top team event in women's tennis. Anna Chakvetadze struggled past Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener. Reverse singles and doubles in the best-of-five format are today.

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