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From Gazette wire services Williams shakes off
third-round pick cobwebs in first round U.S. prepares
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The
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
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-
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
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