Crystl Bustos

hit a three-run homer and

Andrea Duran

had the go-ahead sacrifice fly yesterday in the sixth inning to help the United States beat Canada, 9-5, in Oklahoma City in its first exhibition game this year against an Olympic softball opponent bound for Beijing, China.

Denver Nuggets forward

Nene

will not play for Brazil in Olympic qualifying in Athens, Greece, next month, needing more time to recover after treatment for testicular cancer and other injuries.

Pro football

Cedric Benson

's rocky relationship with the Chicago Bears got rockier yesterday after the running back's arrest on a drunken driving charge in Austin, Texas, his second arrest in little more than a month.

Authorities said Benson was arrested early yesterday after he failed a field sobriety test. The former first-round draft pick was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on bond.

The arrest of the former first-round pick, who was released on bond, comes a month after Benson was charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He has said neither charge is true, and those cases are pending.

The New England Patriots say that offensive lineman

Nick Kaczur

, charged in New York State on April 27 with drug possession, will remain on the team, but had no comment on any disciplinary action it might take against him.

Kaczur helped federal authorities catch the man who was allegedly supplying him with the drug.

Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker

Odell Thurman

has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy and will miss the 2008 season.

It's the third consecutive season Thurman will miss.

Auto racing

Brad Keselowski

raced to his first Nationwide Series victory, passing

Clint Bowyer

with six laps to go and easily holding off his closest rivals at Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee.

Kyle Busch

, racing in the second of three NASCAR races in a historic weekend triple, was 20th, three laps down.

Scott Dixon

won the IRL's Bombardier Learjet 550k under caution after the cars driven by

Marco Andretti

and

Ryan Hunter-Reay

made contact with five laps remaining.

Helio Castroneves

finished second and his Team Penske teammate,

Ryan Briscoe

, was third at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Lewis Hamilton

won the pole again in Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix - barely over

Robert Kubica

, qualifying for today's Formula One race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Boxing

Kelly Pavlik

stopped unheralded Welshman

Gary Lockett

with a furious assault in the third round of his first middleweight title defense at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Earlier,

Juan Manuel

Lopez

stopped

Daniel Ponce De

Leon

in the first round to capture the World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title.

Sergio Mora

won the World Boxing Council super-welterweight title, outpointing

Vernon Forrest

at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Two judges scored it 115-113 and 116-112 for Mora. The third judge had it 114-114.

Horse racing

Jimmy Croll

, 88, the Monmouth Park-based Hall of Famer who trained 1994 Horse of the Year

Holy Bull

and won the 1987 Belmont Stakes with

Bet Twice

, died Friday at the Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey.