IOC will not fight Italian laws

By wire services
Published October 30, 2005

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The International Olympic Committee has conceded defeat in its effort to persuade the Italian government to impose a moratorium on a stringent law against doping during the Turin Games.

"It is clear indeed that there will be no amendments on the law," IOC President Jacques Rogge said Friday at the conclusion of this week's executive board meetings.

Now the IOC will begin planning for the possibility of athletes or coaches being arrested during the games. "We feel confident that a working solution will be found," Rogge said.

TENNIS: Roddick tries for 20th

Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in France's Lyon Grand Prix semifinals, and will aim for his 20th career ATP title today in the final, where he faces Gael Monfils. Monfils beat Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 7-5. The former U.S. Open champ and two-time Wimbledon finalist is 55-13 this year.

GAZ DE FRANCE STARS: Top-seeded Kim Clijsters needed just 50 minutes to defeat No. 4 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the final in Belgium. She will face third-seeded Francesca Schiavone, who beat Michaella Krajicek.

VENUS WITHDRAWS: Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week's Advanta Championships because of a knee injury.

COLLEGES: Lions win first title

With a 3-1 win over Florida Tech, St. Leo's men's soccer is guaranteed at least a share of the school's first SSC title in any sport. The win gave the team 15 wins in 16 games, breaking the record of 14 set in 1996. Forward Asmir Pervan scored two goals in the win.

CROSS COUNTRY: UT women won their fourth straight SSC title, and Allison Macsas won her third straight league title with a time of 21:56.5. The men finished second. ... South Florida women's and men's teams tied for 10th and placed 12th, respectively, in their first Big East Championship, held in Bronx, N.Y. ... Florida men finished third while the women were fifth at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Columbia, S.C. Sophomore Henok Lechebo earned All-SEC honors for his ninth-place finish.