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'You're talking about the most dominant player on this planet.' – New York Nets guard Jason Kidd on Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq cuts down the nets

After watching Los Angeles's Shaquille O'Neal dominate Game 1 of the NBA Finals, New Jersey guard Jason Kidd said he had a surefire way of stopping the big man – make sure he does not get to the arena for Game 2.

"I think the best way to defeat him is to try to figure out what car he's going to drive and put sand or sugar in the gas tank," Kidd told reporters after the Lakers's 99-94 win over the Nets Wednesday. "If he makes it to the arena, you're going to be in trouble," said Kidd, who scored 23 points to lead the Nets. "If [there were] 20,000 people here, you could have put them all on the floor, and you're still not going to stop that guy."

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O'Neal led all scorers in the first game with 36 points. New Jersey gets its next crack at the Lakers in Game 2 tonight in Los Angeles.

'Wrong way' soccer scorer

Defender Jeff Agoos got a ribbing from teammates yesterday for his embarrassing own goal in the United States's historic 3-2 World Cup soccer win over Portugal Wednesday.

Agoos made a heart-stopping blunder in the 71st minute, when he fired the ball into his own goal as he tried to clear a cross from Portuguese forward Pauleta.

"I got an e-mail from a friend of mine before the game and he said, 'I feel you're going to get a goal,' " Agoos said. "I'm going to tell him to be more specific for the next one."

The US plays next on Monday against South Korea, 2-0 winners over Poland in its opening game.

12-year-old makes history

What a difference a year makes for 12-year-old Michelle Wie.

Last year, she became the youngest player, and the first female, to qualify for the Manoa Cup, Hawaii's top amateur golf tournament. The seventh-grader from Honolulu made more history Tuesday when she reached the second round.

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This year, with two LPGA events under her belt, Wie is looking to win the tournament. She defeated 54-year-old Sam Oishi in match play Tuesday at the Oahu Country Club.


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