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Leg injuries boot U.S. goalie

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 30, 2000

Adin Brown, the projected starting goalkeeper for the U.S. men's soccer team, was dropped from the roster Tuesday because of leg injuries.

Brown, 22, was placed on injured reserve by Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids after injuries to a hip flexor and quadriceps as he was recovering from a quadriceps injury.

Also, alternate Sasha Victorine will replace midfielder Chris Armas in Sydney next month. Armas, a starter for MLS' Chicago Fire, injured a knee Aug. 16 in a 7-0 United States win over Barbados in a World Cup qualifier and isn't on the roster for Sunday's qualifier against Guatemala. Victorine plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS.

The United States' first two games might be moved because turf imported from northern Australia went into "shock" in Canberra's cold.

The Americans are scheduled to play their first match Sept. 13 against the Czech Republic, then face Cameroon three days later. Games also will be played in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Organizers were expected to decide today or Thursday whether to move the games to another stadium or lay new turf.

No American men's team has advanced past the opening round.

BASEBALL: Brent Butler, a second baseman for the Rockies' Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, was dropped from the U.S. team after breaking a bone in his right hand.

Butler, 22, was hitting .292 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 122 games this season.

The Americans open play Sept. 17 against Japan. Other teams include two-time defending gold medalist Cuba, Australia, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands and South Africa.

GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING: U.S. officials bowed to a federal court and asked the International Olympic Committee to place Matt Lindland on the U.S. team instead of Keith Sieracki.

The IOC can turn down the request, U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran said, adding that the deadline for changes has passed.

Sieracki beat Lindland 2-1 on a referee's decision at the Olympic trials. But an arbitrator ordered a rematch after Lindland said he was illegally tripped. Lindland won the rematch 8-0.

Sieracki took that to arbitration in Colorado and won. But the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the first arbitration, and a judge ruled that should have settled the matter.

The USOC also asked the appeals court to overturn the judge's order.

ROWING: Canadian Marnie McBean, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in crew, withdrew from Sydney because of back pain.

McBean, 32, who was to compete in single sculls, is the only rower to win a medal in every Olympic and world championship crew boat class. She has 12 Olympic and world championship medals.

TRACK AND FIELD: Romanian triple jumper Rodica Mateescu, 29, runner-up in the 1997 World Championships, twice tested positive for steroids and will miss the Games. The Amateur Athletic Federation banned him from competition for two years. ... Australian javelin thrower Louise Currey, a silver medalist at the 1996 Games, plans to complete with a knee brace after having surgery.

WINTER GAMES: Former giant slalom world champion Sondra Van Ert and X Games halfpipe medalist Tommy Czeschin headline the 2001 U.S. snowboard team announced by coach Peter Foley in advance of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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