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    Below follow the main events in the Russian sports world in the last 24 hours at 2 p.m. GMT May 5

    * At the 2006 European weightlifting championship in Wladyslawowo, Poland (through May 7):

    - Tatyana Matveyeva won gold in the women's 69kg category lifting a total of 257kg (112kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk). Natalya Davydova of Ukraine took silver with a total of 239 kilograms (109 + 130). Dominika Misterska of Poland finished third with a total of 221 kilograms.

    - Natalya Zabolotnaya and Valentina Popova won gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 75kg category. Zabolotnaya lifted a total of 278kg (127kg in the snatch and 151kg in the clean and jerk). Popova finished with a total of 272kg (122 + 150). Hripsime Khurshudyan of Armenia took bronze with a total of 261kg (115 + 146)

    * At the 2006 European gymnastics championships in Volos, Greece (through May 7):

    - The Russian men's team won the qualifying round with a total of 273.550 points in the six events. Ukraine took second place with 268.900 points, and France finished third (268.825 points)

    * At the $600,000 J&S Cup WTA tennis tournament in Warsaw, Poland (through May 7)

    - Anna Chakvetadze advanced to the singles quarterfinals by defeating seed No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-3

    - Third-seeded Russian pair Yelena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina beat Poland's Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the doubles semifinals

    * At the $670,000 Estoril Open tennis tournament in Estoril, Portugal (through May 7):

    - Marat Safin and Dmitry Tursunov advanced to the men's doubles semifinals, beating top-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 6-7, 10-5

    - Tursunov, seeded No. 5 for the tournament, failed to advance to the quarterfinals of men's singles, losing to unseeded Frederico Gil of Portugal, 6-4 4-6 1-6

    * Defending champion Lokomotiv-Belogorye Belgorod beat Dinamo Moscow 3:2 (22:25, 23:25, 25:22, 25:23, 15:10) in the away second leg of the best-of-five finals of the Russian men's volleyball championship. Series tied 1-1.

    Iskra Odintsovo beat Fakel Novy Urengoy in the second leg of the best-of-five bronze-medal tie, 3:0 (25:17, 25:21, 25:21) at home. Iskra leads in the series 2-0.

    The remaining final and bronze-medal legs are set for May 8 (May 9 and May 13 if necessary).

    * Russian men's basketball SuperLeague best-of-five quarterfinals, first and second leg results (host teams listed first):

    CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv-Rostov Rostov-on-Don - 82:71 (CSKA leads in the series 1-0)

    UNICS Kazan - Dinamo Moscow - 73:52 (UNICS leads 2-0)

    Dinamo St. Petersburg - Ural-Great Perm - 77:74 (Dinamo leads 2-0)

    Khimky Moscow Region - Dinamo Moscow Region - 85:77 (Khimky leads 2-0)

    * The 2006 IIHF world hockey championship starting May 5 in Latvia (through May 21).

    The draw for the group stage (May 5-10):

    Group A:

    Czech Republic




    Group B:





    Group C:





    Group D:





    The top three teams of each group will form two 6-team groups in the qualifying round (May 11-16).

    The top four teams of each group advance to the quarterfinals (May 17-18).

    Semifinals are set for May 20, with the bronze medal match and final May 21.

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