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					Page 30 — Wednesday, June 27, 2007                                                                                                                           Sports                                                                                                                                                                               The Indiana Gazette

      BRIEFS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SOCCER
  From Gazette wire services            Williams shakes off
    Steelers sign
  third-round pick                     cobwebs in first round                                                                                                                                                                                                            U.S. prepares
Pittsburgh Steelers signed de-
fensive end Ryan McBean, a
fourth-round pick out of Ok-
                                           By STEPHEN WILSON
                                                AP Sports Writer

                                     WIMBLEDON, England — As a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for Argentina
lahoma state, to a three-year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Associated Press                                      Cup for the second straight
                                   three-time Wimbledon champi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     time.
contract.                          on, Venus Williams knows that                                                                                                                                                                                                 MARACAIBO, Venezuela —
  McBean started 23 of 24                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Our tactics are the same,”
                                   getting through the early match-                                                                                                                                                                                           Two days after winning its sec-                                       Bradley said. “We’ve worked to
games the Cowboys played in        es can sometimes be the tricky                                                                                                                                                                                             ond straight Gold Cup title, the
two seasons at Oklahoma                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             establish a strong mentality
                                   part.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      U.S. soccer team was on a field                                       and we believe in our work.”
State. Before that, McBean           Just making it past the first                                                                                                                                                                                            in Venezuela, practicing for
played at Hinds Community                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The United States, which
                                   round this time almost proved                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday night’s matchup with                                         along with Mexico is an invited
College in Mississippi.            too much.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Argentina in the Copa America.                                        guest, is 2-5 against Argentina,
                                     Williams was down a set and a                                                                                                                                                                                               Only it wasn’t the same U.S.                                       playing its first official game
 Penguins’ Ouellet                 break, then down 3-1 in the final                                                                                                                                                                                          team.       Landon      Donovan,                                      since losing to Germany on
                                   set, before pulling out a 2-6, 6-3,                                                                                                                                                                                        DaMarcus          Beasley,  Clint                                     penalty kicks in the quarterfi-
becomes free agent                 7-5 win Tuesday over Alla                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dempsey and Tim Howard                                                nals of last year’s World Cup.
  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The            Kudryavtseva, a 19-year-old                                                                                                                                                                                                were left behind. Among the                                             “We all have great respect for
Pittsburgh Penguins will let       Russian playing her first Wimble-                                                                                                                                                                                          American players who made                                             Argentina, but we’re excited for
right wing Michel Ouellet be-      don match.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the trip for South America’s                                          the challenge,” Bradley said.
come a free agent.                   “I think I’ve made my mistakes                                                                                                                                                                                           championship, only two start-                                           “A little respect for your op-
  General Manager Ray Shero        in the first round, and I think that                                                                                                                                                                                       ed in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over                                       ponent is good, but too much is
                                   it helps definitely to work out                                                                                                           KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/Associated Press                                             Mexico in Chicago. Two more
said the decision not to make                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bad.”
a qualifying contract offer to     some of those cobwebs,”                                            VENUS WILLIAMS returned a serve during her first-round match on                                                                                         were second-half subs.
Ouellet was driven largely by      Williams said. “I think being able                                 Tuesday against Alla Kudryavtseva.                                                                                                                         “To play in two tournaments
                                   to hit a lot of balls in some pres-                                                                                                                                                                                        is a big challenge,” U.S. coach                                       GOLD CUP RATINGS
the salary cap and the fact
                                   sure situations will definitely                                    time since her Wimbledon debut                                           vakia, and 1997 champion Marti-                                                Bob Bradley said following a                                            NEW YORK — The CONCA-
that Ouellet would be eligible
                                   help me in the coming rounds.”                                     in 1997. But she righted herself to                                      na Hingis against Aiko Nakamu-                                                 light workout. “We had many                                           CAF Gold Cup final attracted 41
for salary arbitration.
                                     Play today was scheduled to                                      win six of seven games for the                                           ra of Japan.                                                                   discussions with our players                                          percent more television house-
  Ouellet has scored 35 goals
                                   begin at 7 a.m. EST, but steady                                    set.                                                                       In men’s play, four-time de-                                                 and their clubs and we ended                                          holds in the United States than
in the past two seasons, and
                                   rain caused a lengthy delay.                                         Williams then had to fight back                                        fending champion Roger Federer                                                 up with a younger team.”                                              the Stanley Cup finals clincher
had 19 goals and 48 points
                                     Williams, who has slipped to                                     again from a break down in the                                           was to play 18-year-old Juan                                                      In 1995, the United States                                         — and that was just for the soc-
last season.
                                   No. 31 in the rankings due to in-                                  third. And when she served at 5-4                                        Martin del Potro of Argentina as                                               won 3-0 against Argentina in                                          cer game’s Spanish-language
  The Penguins extended
                                   activity, injuries and a drop in                                   down, 30-30, she was two points                                          he seeks his 50th straight win on                                              the Copa, but the South Ameri-                                        telecast.
qualifying offers to six players
                                   form, came to Wimbledon with-                                      from defeat. The Russian missed                                          grass. No. 3 Andy Roddick was                                                  cans didn’t include many of                                             The United States’ 2-1 come-
who will not become free
                                   out any grass-court match                                          a backhand, and Williams                                                 due on Centre Court against                                                    their regulars in the starting                                        from-behind victory over Mexi-
agents on Sunday: forwards
                                   preparation. It showed in the first                                smacked a 119 mph service win-                                           Danai Udomchoke of Thailand.                                                   lineup. Thursday’s game is the                                        co on Sunday received a 2.5 fast
Colby Armstrong, Erik Chris-
                                   set as she struggled to keep the                                   ner to hold. Williams then broke                                           Among the big name winners                                                   first for the fifth-ranked Argen-                                     national rating on Univision,
tensen, Maxime Talbot and
                                   ball in the court.                                                 in the next game and served out                                          Tuesday        were    defending                                               tines, and the U.S. team likely                                       the network said Tuesday. That
newly acquired Tim Brent
                                     “The first set went so fast and                                  the match at love.                                                       women’s champion Amelie Mau-                                                   will have to deal with Europe-                                        translates to 2.83 million
and defenseman Ryan Whit-
                                   my balls were just flying out and I                                  “I enjoy the battle,” she said. “I                                     resmo, 2004 winner Maria Shara-                                                based stars such as Hernan                                            households, nearly double the
ney and Ryan Lannon.
                                   didn’t have any answers,” she                                      enjoy winning matches like this.                                         pova, second-seeded Rafael                                                     Crespo of Internazionale of                                           1.48 million homes that
                                   said. “That really bothered me                                     This is what I do. If you want to                                        Nadal and former champion                                                      Milan and Lionel Messi of                                             watched the 2005 Gold Cup
   James will play                 because when things are going                                      be successful at anything, it                                            Lleyton Hewitt.                                                                Barcelona.                                                            final between the United States
                                   wrong, I can figure it out and                                     doesn’t come easy.”                                                        The biggest cheers on Centre                                                    Bradley, who has led the                                           and Panama.
  in FIBA tourney                  change my game or adjust.”                                           Top-seeded Justine Henin was                                           Court and across the grounds                                                   Americans to a 10-0-1 record                                            Anaheim’s series-ending 6-2
  AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Le-             Down 2-0 and 0-30 on her                                         lined up for a second-round                                              were for Britain’s Tim Henman,                                                 since replacing Bruce Arena,                                          victory over Ottawa in the Stan-
Bron James ended uncertain-        serve in the second set, Williams                                  match against Vera Dushevina of                                          who reached the second round                                                   promised a similar approach to                                        ley Cup on June 6 received a 1.8
ty about his status with the       looked in danger of going out in                                   Russia, with No. 3 Jelena Jankovic                                       by outlasting Carlos Moya 13-11                                                the offensive strategy the U.S.                                       rating on NBC, which comes to
U.S. national team by saying       the opening round for the first                                    against Jarmila Gajdosova of Slo-                                        in the fifth set.                                                              team used in winning the Gold                                         2,005,000 households.
he will play in next month’s
FIBA America’s Tournament,
where the Americans will try
to qualify for the 2008

  However, the 22-year-old,
who played on the U.S.
Olympic team at the 2004
Athens Games and for the
U.S. squad that won a bronze
medal at last summer’s world
championships, intends to
honor his three-year commit-
ment with USA Basketball.
  So far, USA Basketball has
commitments from Kobe
Bryant, Jason Kidd, Carlos
Boozer, Chauncey Billups,
Deron Williams, Mike Miller,
Tayshaun Prince, Tyson
Chandler, Amare Stoudemire,
Michael Redd, Greg Oden and
Kevin Durant.
       CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)
                                       FINANCING                                                                                                                                                      *
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— Bobcats forward Gerald
Wallace will become an unre-
stricted free agent after decid-
ing not to extend his contract                                                                                                                                                                            
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