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Capacity fields to Run for the Zoo

A sold-out field in all five events takes part today in the annual Run for the Zoo, a fundraiser benefiting the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach.

Runners are competing in the 7 a.m. half-marathon, 8:30 a.m. 10-kilometer, and the 9:30 a.m. 5K (all USATF-cerfified tracks). A 5K Fitness run starts at 10:15 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run/walk takes place at 11 a.m. All courses are in the neighborhoods around the zoo and along the bosque.

The growth of the event has brought on waved starts in the 5 kilometers and ChronoTrack timing (a tag located on the bib starts and stops the clock on a runner).

Klitschko earns 6th-round victory

MANNHEIM, Germany — Wladimir Klitschko stopped Francesco Pianeta in the sixth round Saturday night to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.

The Ukrainian was never troubled by Pianeta, finishing off the previously unbeaten Italian southpaw with a right-left combination. Pianeta stayed down before attempting to continue, but there was no point in delaying the inevitable and referee Ernie Sharif ended the bout 2:52 into the round.

Kerr has two-shot lead at Kingsmill

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Two-time champion Cristie Kerr shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen after the third round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

Kerr, the only two-time winner at the River Course, made six birdies to reach 10-under 203. She took command on a day when seven players shared the lead at one point or another.

CHAMPIONS: In The Woodlands, Texas, Gene Sauers chipped in for birdie on the par-4 17th a day after making a double bogey on the hole, and finished with a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the Insperity Championship.

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CYCLING: British standout Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia that was marred by a crash shortly before the finish. Cavendish finished in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 38 seconds on the circuit in downtown Naples.

TENNIS: In Munich, Tommy Haas will play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German final at the BMW Open today. The third-seeded Haas defeated Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday, while Kohlschreiber edged compatriot Daniel Brands 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (5) to set up the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years.

HOCKEY: In Helsinki, the United States rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Austria 5-3 in its opening game at the ice hockey world championship Saturday.

MLS: In Columbus, Ohio, Tim Cahill scored on a rebound moments after a penalty kick save by Luis Robles and the New York Red Bulls beat Columbus 1-0.

… In Santa Clara, Calif., Sam Cronin scored in the first minute of second-half injury time to give San Jose a 2-2 draw against Montreal.

… In Chester, Pa., Mauro Rosales scored a goal in the 64th minute to give Seattle a 2-2 draw against Philadelphia.

… In Sandy, Utah, Luis Gil ended a scoring drought with a header just minutes into the second half to lead Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 victory over Vancouver.

VOLLEYBALL: UC Irvine won its second straight NCAA men’s title and fourth in seven years, sweeping top-ranked BYU in three sets Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.

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