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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

TAEKWONDO: Steven Lopez, 29, a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2000 and 2004), clinched a spot for Beijing last September at a world qualification tournament in Manchester, England. Now, his younger brother Mark, 25, and sister Diana, 24, seek to join him as they prepare for the U.S. trials April 5 in Des Moines. Mark enters as the top seed in the men's featherweight division (136.5 to 147.4 lbs). Diana is the top seed in the women's featherweight class (107.9 to 125.4 lbs). All three Lopez siblings. of Sugar Land, Tex., are coached by their eldest brother Jean, 36.

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WATER POLO: The U.S. women's team, ranked No. 1 in the world, landed the top seed in Group A of the Olympic competition along with reigning Olympic champion Italy, Russia and host country China. Second-ranked Australia and Greece, Hungary and the Netherlands are in the other bracket. The U.S. men drew the third seed in Group B, with Serbia, Croatia, China, Italy and Germany. Group A includes Spain, Australia, Olympic champion Hungary, Montenegro, Greece and Canada.

TRACK AND FIELD: Twins Jorge and Edwardo Torres of Boulder, Colo., will lead the senior men's 12-km team at this weekend's IAAF world cross-country championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jorge is the U.S. champ in 8 km and was the runner-up in the 12 km at the USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego. Edwardo, younger by 10 minutes, did not medal at the championships in February but qualified for the U.S. team.

WEIGHTLIFTING: The U.S. men won a team silver medal and qualified two lifters for Beijing last weekend at the Pan American Championships in Callao, Peru. Thirty men will compete at the U.S. trials in Atlanta in May to secure two spots. The U.S. women have four spots for Beijing.

-- Amy Shipley, Liz Clarke and Tracee Hamilton


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