The International Olympic Committee has frozen payments to the International Boxing Association because of judging issues, a source of trouble for the sport for many years.
The IOC usually gives international sports federations millions of dollars after the Olympics, but the governing body stopped payments to AIBA because no progress was made during their discussions after the games, IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said yesterday.
"It's due to general judging issues that remain unresolved since the Athens Olympics," Davies said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, stressing the boxing results from the Athens Games are not in question.
The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the IOC froze about $9 million that was set to go to AIBA. IOC President Jacques Rogge signed a letter saying the funds will remain frozen until AIBA provides a "clear timeline and planned actions," the newspaper said.
Five sports federations, including gymnastics, fencing and wrestling, also were asked to discuss issues with the IOC following last year's Olympics. Four of them have made progress, according to the IOC, but boxing has not.
"There was a general observation in Athens that things needed to be improved," Davies said.
* TENNIS: Roger Federer defeated an exasperated Andy Roddick, 6-3, 7-5, for the Cincinnati Masters championship and his ninth tournament title this season.
The world's top-ranked player, Federer heads into the U.S. Open fit, relaxed and on a roll. He took time off after winning his third straight Wimbledon, looking to recharge and rest a sore foot.
He needed only one week of matches to get back in form.
"Today I got the feeling occasionally that this is great tennis again," Federer said.
Roddick's right foot started bothering him late in the final set, and he needed a timeout before the last game. Roddick winced, groaned and covered his face with a towel while a trainer stretched and rubbed the bottom of the foot.
He returned and moved gingerly, getting only two points while Federer broke his serve to close it out. . . .
Kim Clijsters got a big boost heading into the U.S. Open, defeating Justine Henin-Hardenne, 7-5, 6-1, in an all-Belgian final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Clijsters made another strong showing on hard courts. She has won five of her WTA-leading six titles in 2005 on the surface, and will try to capture her first Grand Slam championship at the U.S. Open. . . .
Roddick and Clijsters topped the final U.S. Open Series standings, meaning they will take home $2.2 million, or double the prize money, if they win the Grand Slam event.
* TRACK AND FIELD: World champions Justin Gatlin and Allyson Felix won the 200-meter races at the British Grand Prix, while Kim Collins and Veronica Campbell won the 100 in Sheffield, England.
Felix comfortably won her race in 22.54 seconds, but Gatlin had to make up ground on Tyson Gay to edge his American teammate at the line in 20.04.
Collins, the 2003 world champion in the 100, clocked 10.01 seconds, beating Leonard Scott's 10.10.
Campbell won the women's sprint in 10.89 seconds, beating Olympic champion Yuliya Nesterenko, who ran 11.09.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Boston College's Craig Smith scored 16 points and Duke's Shelden Williams added 15 points and 14 rebounds, leading the United States past Ukraine, 85-70, for the basketball gold medal at the University Games in Izmir, Turkey.
* MLS: Amado Guevara scored his third goal of the game in the final minute, giving the host MetroStars a 3-3 tie with Chivas USA. Juan Francisco Palencia scored two goals in a five-minute span of the first half for Chivas USA. Juan Pablo Garcia added the other score.
The tie enabled the MetroStars to extend their home unbeaten streak to nine games.
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