The U.S. men's water polo team defeated Canada, 9-7, at Corona del Mar High. Chris Oeding and Long Beach Wilson senior Tony Azevedo each had two goals for the U.S. The teams play again at 7 tonight. . . . Officials of the L.A. Marathon presented their annual Patsy Choco Courage Award to three people at a luncheon at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. The Choco Award, honoring a former cancer patient who walked the marathon in 1993 despite her illness and died a year later, was shared by Rosanna Ferraro of Santa Monica; Brandi Dias of Arroyo Grande and Ruben Hernandez. Ferraro, a teacher, has made her comeback after undergoing a mastectomy. Dias has had acute mylogeneous leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. Hernandez, blinded in a gang initiation gun attack, recruits Latino wheelchair athletes for the marathon.