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D.C. gets first U.S. soccer matchup

By Compiled from Times wires
Published June 17, 2003

The United States opens its Women's World Cup schedule Sept. 21 at RFK Stadium in Washington.

The defending champion Americans play their other first-round games on Sept. 25 in Philadelphia and Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. If they advance, their quarterfinal would be Oct. 1 in Foxboro, Mass.

Only the U.S. women's opening-round schedule is set because the field has not been completed. The World Cup was moved from China because of the SARS virus, and the United States became the host May 26.

The tournament begins Sept. 20 at Philadelphia and Columbus. The semifinals are Oct. 5 in Portland, Ore. The final is Oct. 12 in Carson, Calif. All games will be part of doubleheaders.

FIGURE SKATING: Extradition overruled

A reputed Russian mobster accused of fixing figure skating at the Salt Lake City Olympics will not be extradited, his attorney said.

Italy's highest court overturned an extradition order to the United States for Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, according to attorney Luca Saldarelli.

He has been in a Venice prison since July on U.S. charges he helped secure a gold medal for Russia in the pairs competition in exchange for a gold for the French ice dancing team.

GOLF: U.S. Open ratings drop

With Tiger Woods out of contention and a relatively suspense-free final round, the overnight ratings for Sunday's telecast of the U.S. Open dropped 40 percent from last year.

The 5.6 rating with a 13 share was down from the 9.3/21 for last year's final round, when Woods held off Phil Mickelson. Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 homes. The share is the percentage of televisions in use tuned to a program.

BRITISH OPEN: Scott Hoch, who said he hates the cold, rainy British weather, will miss the event. Hoch and Kirk Triplett were the only players from the world top 50 missing when the Royal & Ancient club announced the entry list.

CLUB LOSES APPEAL: Saying Haverhill Golf and Country Club was "cavalier and callously indifferent about failing to treat women golfers as equals," a Massachusetts appeals court let stand a $1.9-million award. The court cited the private club, about 30 miles north of Boston, under Massachusetts' public accomodations law noting it rents out its facilities to the public. Nine women sued in 1996 regarding access to tee times and manipulations of the waiting list for membership.

ET CETERA

BASKETBALL: Former Harlem Globetrotter Clyde Austin Sr. pleaded innocent to federal charges stemming from a scheme Richmond, Va., prosecutors say bilked investors out of more than $10-million. He will be free until his trial in October.

HORSES: Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. is out indefinitely after breaking a vertebra when he fell Sunday. Exotic Angel stumbled after crossing the finish line at Belmont, and Arroyo landed on the back of his head.

OBITUARY: Olav Ulland, the U.S. ski-jumping coach at the 1956 Olympics and the first to clear 100 meters, died at 92 in Kent, Wash. ... Leighton Rees, the world's first pro darts champion, died at 63 in London. No cause has been determined, but his family said he had a history of heart problems.

[Last modified June 17, 2003, 01:48:03]


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