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RailHawks women win finale

The Associated PressJuly 21, 2008 

The Carolina RailHawks women's soccer team ended its inaugural season on a high note by defeating the Richmond Kickers Destiny 3-1 on Sunday night in Cary. N.C. State's Lindsay Vera, W-League veteran Amanda Mueller and North Carolina standout Sterling Smith scored for the RailHawks.

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BRAWL BREAKS OUT IN COLUMBUS: A halftime brawl between more than 100 fans marred an exhibition match Sunday between West Ham United of the English Premier League club and the MLS' Columbus Crew.

The fights, which overshadowed West Ham United's 3-1 win, began when a handful of West Ham supporters, some wearing the team's claret and blue colors, entered the northeast corner of the stadium where the Crew's most boisterous supporters typically gather.

CHIVAS GOALKEEPER BREAKS ARM: Chivas goalkeeper Luis Michel broke his left forearm during a Superliga game and will miss the Mexican Apertura league season.

SWEDEN BLANKS NORWAY: Lotta Schelin and Jessica Landstrom scored goals, and Sweden beat Norway 2-0 on Sunday in a tuneup for the women's Olympic soccer tournament at Sandefjord, Norway.

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