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Armstrong finishes 2nd in Leadville 100

LEADVILLE, Colo. -- Lance Armstrong finished second in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race on Saturday, pushing six-time champion Dave Wiens to a record time.

It was Armstrong's first competitive bicycle race since winning his seventh straight Tour de France in 2005. Wiens took the lead from Armstrong with 10 miles to go in the 100-mile race and finished 1 minute, 56 seconds ahead.

Wiens crossed the finish on a flat back tire in a time of 6 hours, 45 minutes, 47 seconds, shaving 13 minutes off his old record. He set the record last year while holding off Floyd Landis.

• AUTO RACING -- Scott Dixon is starting to look unstoppable.

The New Zealander came from behind at Kentucky Speedway, passing Helio Castroneves on the final straightaway to win the Meijer Indy 300. It was the second win in a row and the record-tying sixth victory of the season for Dixon, trying to win his second IndyCar Series championship.

Castroneves, still trying for his first victory of the season and his first series title, tried to get it on fuel strategy. It looked as if Castroneves had it when he took the lead with six laps to go when Dixon, who had dominated most of the 200-lap race, was forced to make a fuel stop.

Dixon came out just over 6 seconds behind the Brazilian, but steadily cut into the margin, finally passing Castroneves as the leader slowed coming off the fourth turn on the 1.5-mile oval, out of fuel.

• NBA -- The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with guard Sun Yue, who is playing for China and will face Kobe Bryant and the U.S. men's team today in the Beijing Olympics.

Lakers spokesman John Black declined Saturday to discuss details of the terms and said it could be some time before a contract is signed.

The 6-foot-9, 212-pound Sun was the Lakers' second-round draft pick last year. He played with the Aoshen club in Beijing and with the Chinese national team before the Olympics.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- In Benesov, Czech Republic, the University of South Carolina men's basketball team opened the first of its four games overseas with a 99-57 victory against Benesov Basketball Club on Saturday.

The Gamecocks' speed seemed to take Benesov by surprise, as they raced out to a 15-0 lead within the first 2:25 of the game. After leading 30-14 at the end of the first quarter, South Carolina's advantage swelled to 58-30 at halftime.

Junior Devan Downey, a former Chester standout, led South Carolina in scoring at the intermission with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and drained both of his 3-point attempts. Downey finished the game leading all Gamecock scorers with 21. As a team, Carolina shot 60.5 percent (23-of-38) from the floor in the first half.

After outscoring Benesov by just a point in the third quarter, 20-19, the Gamecocks used some strong defensive play to limit their opponents to just eight points in the fourth.

All 11 Gamecocks scored and five reached double figures.

Junior Dominique Archie notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Zam Fredrick scored 15 and made 3-of-6 3-pointers.

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