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V. Williams, Davenport Work Quickly At Fed Cup

In Italy, defending champion AC Milan beat Parma, 3-0, on goals by Kaka, Jon-Dahl Tomasson and Cafu to take an undisputed lead in Serie A. The win gave Milan 73 points, three ahead of Juventus, which will play today at Lazio.

OLYMPICS: London withdrew a package of financial incentives to avoid breaking the bidding rules for the 2012 Olympics.


Venus Williams hits a backhand against Els Callens during their match in Delray Beach, Fla. (Carlos Barria -- Reuters)

The embarrassing backdown came a day after New York was cleared by the International Olympic Committee of offering improper financial assistance to sports federations.

The IOC opened an investigation on Tuesday into possible rule violations by the two cities. Its ethics commission examined whether the cities went beyond what they proposed in their official bid documents submitted in November.

IOC President Jacques Rogge warned this week that cities could be forced to withdraw any offers not included in their bid documents to avoid a bidding war.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong made a late surge on the steep climbs of snowy Brasstown Bald, but teammate Tom Danielson held on to claim the fifth stage and take the overall lead in the Tour de Georgia.

Danielson, who races with Armstrong on the Discovery Channel team, finished less than 15 seconds ahead of Levi Leipheimer, leaving the two Americans in a tight battle for the overall lead.

Armstrong was third, followed by Floyd Landis, another U.S. cyclist who lost the yellow jersey as the overall leader.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Missouri sophomore forward Linas Kleiza, the Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder last season, said that he will enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 Lithuanian star averaged 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds last season. He will not hire an agent, leaving his options open for returning.

-- From News Services


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