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Agassi exits quickly again

By wire services
Published June 9, 2004

LONDON - Andre Agassi, a first-round loser at the French Open, was beaten in his opening match at the Queen's Club tournament Tuesday by a player ranked 60th and making his debut in a grasscourt event.

It marked the first time since August 1997 that Agassi, 34, has lost three straight opening-round matches. This time he fell to Igor Andreev 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3), then failed to show at a news conference. He faces a fine from the ATP.

It was unclear whether Agassi would play his doubles match with Andy Roddick today. Roddick, seeded first and the defending champion, beat Karol Kucera 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

GERRY WEBER OPEN: Top-ranked Roger Federer ran his winning streak on grass to 13 matches with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Thomas Johansson in Halle, Germany. Second-seeded Rainer Schuettler also coasted 6-3, 6-2 over Jan Hernych, and Jonas Bjorkman upset fifth-seeded Marat Safin 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4).

WIMBLEDON: Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne pulled out of the tournament due to a lingering viral illness. She lost in the second round at the French in her first match after missing six weeks with a viral infection. ... Kim Clijsters, ranked No. 2 , will have wrist surgery and probably will be out three months.

TRACK AND FIELD: Dragila sets world mark

Olympic champion Stacy Dragila broke the women's world outdoor record in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 10 inches at an IAAF meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic. "I wasn't expecting it to happen today," said Dragila, 33, adding she is confident she can go even higher as she prepares for the Olympic trials in July.

10,000 RECORD: At the same meet, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia set his second world record in nine days, finishing the 10,000-meter race in 26 minutes, 20.31 seconds to break the mark of 26:22.75 set by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie in 1998. Bekele broke Gebrselassie's world record in the 5,000 on May 31, finishing in 12:37.95.

DOPING: Montgomery accused

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency launched proceedings against four of America's top sprinters, including 100-meter world-record holder Tim Montgomery, alleging "potential" violations in a first step toward banning them from the Athens Olympics. Sprinters Chryste Gaines, Michelle Collins and Alvin Harrison also received letters from the USADA accusing them of doping violations, the Los Angeles Times reported. All four are world champions or Olympic medalists. In Montgomery's case, the USADA alleges the use of multiple substances, including the designer steroid THG, the blood-booster EPO and human growth hormone, the paper reported. Allegations against the others were not disclosed. Montgomery's lawyer, Cristina C. Arguedas, said her client has "done nothing wrong."

NFL: No fine for Parcells

Dallas coach Bill Parcells won't be fined by the league for calling surprise plays used in practice "Jap plays," a remark for which he later apologized. League spokesman Greg Aiello said no type of action would be taken. Parcells made the apparent reference to Japan's 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor while talking to reporters at Monday's minicamp.

GIANTS: New offensive line coach Pat Flaherty has colon cancer and has been getting treatment as he continues to coach in minicamps. Former Bills coach Pat Ruel has been hired to help Flaherty and fill in.

PATRIOTS: Cornerback Terrell Buckley rejoined the team he played 31 games for in 2001 and 2002. He spent last season with Miami. He ranks third among active players with 47 interceptions.

ET CETERA

DIVING: Troy Dumais led the men's 3-meter springboard competition after the Olympic trials semifinals in St. Peters, Mo. Phillip Jones is second and Justin Wilcock is third. The final round is Friday.

HORSES: Smarty Jones' bid for the Triple Crown helped NBC draw the best television ratings for the Belmont Stakes in 23 years. Saturday's telecast was watched by 11.3 percent of the 108.4-million U.S. households with TVs.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong dropped to fourth place and Spain's Jose Gutierrez took the overall lead after 112-mile second stage of the Dauphine Libere race in Saint-Etienne, France. ... World Cup leader Davide Rebellin of Italy will not ride in the Tour de France so he can rest up for later World Cup events.

SLAYINGS: Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Michael Frank Goodwin, 59, with two counts of murder in the 1988 shooting deaths of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy. Goodwin has been held in the case for more than two years while investigators sought additional evidence.

[Last modified June 9, 2004, 01:00:39]


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