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Gymnastics: Movie Review: 'Stick It' tries to raise the bar, falls flat
Stick It ©2006 KALTENBACH PICTURES GmbH & Co. All rights reserved "Stick It" is the first attempt at a gymnastics movie since "American Anthem" (1986), and not a whole lot has improved in the genre in 20 years.

It's a decent concept: a troubled teen finds redemption in athletics, in the mean time exposing the gymnastics judging system for what it is. But the acting kills it. The best acting in this film is curiously from the adults playing bit parts.

Tennis: Sharapova wins Pacific Life Open
sharapova Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT Eighteen year old Maria Sharapova picks up her first win of the year with a 6-1, 6-2 trouncing of Elena Dementieva, in the first ever all-Russian finale for the tournament.
Tennis: Youngsters schooled as Pacific Life main draw begins
sharapova Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT The main draw of the Pacific Life Open began Wednesday with veterans dashing the hopes of several young upstarts, in first round WTA action.
Gymnastics: No. 2 Utah Rallies To Defeat UCLA
utah womens gymnastics Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT Second-ranked Utah defeated third-ranked UCLA in a dual meet at Pauley Pavilion Saturday evening, 194.875-193.85. The Utes (1-0) rallied in the final rotation to overtake the Bruins (5-1), who had led throughout each of the first three rotations.
Soccer: WPSL players called up for Four Nations Cup in China
Wambach Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT The U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has called in 28 players for a week of training at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The training camp will be held Jan. 3-9, after which, Ryan will select the final 20 for the Jan. 18-22 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China.
Hockey: Olympic dream drives Barons 'First Lady of Hockey'
Kelly Nash Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT If Bonita Vista High School (Chula Vista-Calif.) sophomore Kelly Nash’s inner will is as relentless as her play on the rink, there is no doubt that she will achieve her goal.
Skateboarding: Woodcock, Nugget win San Diego
Nugget Matasi Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT 13 year old Apryl Woodcock won the pro division ahead of Caron and Mandy Eschemann, while Allison "Nugget" Matasi picked up top Amateur honors at the San Diego All Girl Skate Jam at the Van's Warp Tour.
Wrestling: USA Juniors qualify for Lithuania
Erika Chew Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT Jackie Cataline was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Body Bar Women’s FILA Junior Nationals in El Cajon, Calif., April 10. This competition serves as the USA World Team Trials at the FILA Junior level. The winners will compete at the Junior World Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania this summer.
Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing: Thorne to ride in British Championships
Lisa Thorne Click to enlarge (c) Guy Cope / PHOTOSPORT Lisa Thorne, who made a name for herself last year as one of the sports only female riders, will ride in the British Championship GP125s for Team NVidia.

Thorne is the first woman to score points in a British Championship (2001 Aprilia 250 Challenge). She also was the first to qualify into the front of a national grid, in the 2002 GP125s.

Women's Soccer: Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy & Joy Fawcett hang it up
Mia Hamm Click to enlarge (c) PHOTOSPORT Against a background of scoring fireworks provided by youngsters Aly Wagner, Abby Wambach and Shannon Boxx, Fab Five members Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy played their final games and, together with Joy Fawcett, retired from international soccer.
Tennis: Sharapova, Hingis headline Pacific Life Open
sharapova photo 2006 Pacific Life Open champion Maria Sharapova returns to defend her title in second round action Friday. Seeded players in her half include Jelena Jancovic and Anna Chakvetadze, as well as Martina Hingis, who is also slated to play her second round match Friday. In the other half of the draw, Svetlana Kuznetsova was a late add and seeded No.2. Her path eased up considerably with the withdrawal of Elena Dementieva, who may be out for up to six weeks following the discovery of stress fractures in her ribs while practicing in Moscow last week.

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