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Olympic Briefs

August 30, 2000

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U.S. soccer team drops injured Brown

Chicago Adin Brown, projected as the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. Olympic soccer team, was dropped from the roster Tuesday due to leg injuries, a move that could lead to Brad Friedel going to the Sydney Games.

Brown, 22, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday by the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, retroactive to Aug. 24. He sustained injuries to a hip flexor and quadriceps during an Aug. 23 practice, as he was still recovering from a quadriceps injury sustained about a month earlier.

Organizers concerned about soccer venue

Canberra, Australia The U.S. men's soccer team's first two games at the Sydney Olympics might be moved from Canberra because the field isn't playable.

Turf imported from Cairns, in northern Australia, went into "shock" in Canberra's cold, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said Tuesday.

Tickets going fast after plan scrapped

Sydney, Australia More than a third of the 75,000 tickets sanctioned from the failed Premium Ticket plan for Olympics sold out within hours of going on sale Tuesday.

The first batch of 30,000 seats, originally earmarked as Premium Tickets, were sold out by the afternoon.

Organizers scrapped the program after complaints that it put tickets into the hands of bigwigs, instead of the public.

Romanian jumper tests positive

Bucharest, Romania Romanian triple jumper Rodica Mateescu, the runner-up in the 1997 World Championships, tested positive for steroids and will miss the Olympic Games, team officials said Tuesday.

The Amateur Athletic Federation banned Mateescu, 29, from competition for two years. Two separate tests, conducted on April 24, both came back positive, said Iolanda Balas, president of the Romanian Athletics Federation.

Couric tapped co-host

Sydney, Australia Katie Couric will co-host NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony at the 2000 Summer Games. Couric will work alongside Bob Costas during coverage of the Sept. 15 ceremony.

Canadian withdraws

Rockhampton, Australia Canadian rower Marnie McBean, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, withdrew Tuesday from next month's games because of back pain. McBean was to compete in the single sculls event.

Aussies look at testing

Canberra, Australia The Australian government will consider sanctioning national sporting federations whose athletes continue to avoid doping tests. The Australian Sports Drug Agency, which is conducting random out-of-competition doping tests on athletes of all nationalities leading up to the Sydney Olympics, admitted some athletes evaded testing by failing to give accurate contact details.

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