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Davenport, Federer get Australian top seeds

By wire services
Published January 14, 2005

MELBOURNE, Australia - Tennis' top-ranked Roger Federer and Lindsay Davenport were given the No. 1 seedings for the Australian Open on Thursday.

Federer, winner of three Grand Slam titles in 2004, will defend his Australian Open championship beginning Monday against a men's draw that includes all of the top 20-ranked players.

The men's seedings kept to form, with second-ranked Andy Roddick seeded No. 2, Lleyton Hewitt third, Marat Safin fourth and Carlos Moya fifth.

But eighth-seeded Andre Agassi injured his hip and retired from an exhibition tournament about the time the list of seeds was being announced. He was to have an MRI and decide on his availability.

Even Davenport's status is uncertain. After the seeds were announced, she pulled out of her quarterfinal match at the Sydney International with bronchitis.

Amelie Mauresmo was seeded second, followed by Anastasia Myskina, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva.

OLYMPICS; USOC reorganizes

The U.S. Olympic Committee effected a sweeping reorganization, two years after allegations of ethical violations among top officials rocked the agency. The USOC announced the appointment of a five-member Ethics Committee to be headed by board member and former University of Michigan president Harold Shapiro. WATER POLO: U.S. women's Olympic coach Guy Baker is taking over as coach of the American men's team. Baker, who guided the U.S. women to medals at the 2000 and '04 Olympics, succeeds Ratko Rudic, who quit to coach his native Croatia.

2016 BID: Kenya plans to bid for the 2016 Olympics and bring the games to Africa for the first time.

SOCCER: Threat to union players

The U.S. Soccer Federation said it will start to recruit a replacement team for next month's World Cup qualifier if a players union dispute is not resolved by Feb. 1. The USSF took the stance after the union rejected an offer to go to mediation in exchange for a players pledge not to strike through World Cup qualifying, which ends in October or November.

UNDER-20 TOURNEY: Eddie Gaven scored three goals in 24 minutes and Freddy Adu converted a penalty kick, leading the United States to a 6-1 rout of Trinidad and Tobago Wednesday night in CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA under-20 championship tournament. The victory, at Carson, Calif., puts the United States in first place in the four-team group with three points.

ET CETERA

COLLEGES: Kim Hudson, South Carolina's all-time winningest volleyball coach (226 wins in 12 years), resigned, saying it was time to move on. ... The Gamecocks' try for a fourth straight College World Series berth got a boost with the addition of former Miami pitcher Shawn Valdes-Fauli. The right-hander helped Miami reach the CWS in 2003, but he was suspended last year for an undisclosed rules violation.

DISASTER RELIEF: Coolmore, the stud farm of Irish horse-racing magnate John Magnier, helped raise $3.5-million to aid tsunami victims. Some $2.2-million came from clients in Ireland, the United States and Australia who bid on stud fees instead of the traditional practice of paying a set fee on delivery of a foal.

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