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Updated: 2011-08-25 07:45

(China Daily)

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Hewitt pulls out of US Open

Australia's 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt on Tuesday withdrew from this year's renewal with a foot problem which has wrecked his summer of tennis.

The 30-year-old, who won the title a decade ago and got out on one of the last flights leaving the city before the terrorist strikes the next day, lost a first-round match on Monday at the ATP event.

In his usual style, the two-time Grand Slam champion gave no indication of his intentions, saying he would need "a lot of practice and a lot of treatment" before the start of the season's final major on Monday.

Hewitt underwent surgery on his foot in the spring and has never returned to court pain free. He has not reached the second week of a major since Wimbledon, 2009.


Cavendish quits Tour of Spain

British sprinter Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Tour of Spain with about 60 km remaining in Tuesday's fourth stage.

Cavendish, who won the Tour de France's green jersey in July, had lost time on the main peloton on all the stages so far in the race and on Monday his team said he was suffering badly in the extremely hot weather.

He is the second HTC-Highroad rider to quit after Australian Matt Goss abandoned on stage one.

"He's not ill, he had no power left in his body and he was totally empty," Cavendish's sports director, Jens Zemke, said. "He was dropped on a climb and so far from the finish, he had no chance to survive."

By contrast, Bradley Wiggins, Britain's first winner of the Tour de France points jersey this year, enjoyed a successful day.

Wiggins had previously described the 23km final climb of Sierra Nevada as the first big test of his battle for a high general classification placing in Madrid.

Nordic Skiing

Veerpalu appeals ruling

Estonia's two-time Olympic nordic skiing champion Andrus Veerpalu said on Tuesday he would turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal a decision by world skiing body FIS confirming and extending a doping ban.

Veerpalu is challenging the decision even though it is a symbolic punishment given that he retired in February this year.

"The FIS did not take into account the arguments presented by our team and our scientists and we will go on to prove I am not guilty," former cross-country star Veerpalu said in a statement issued by the Estonian Ski Association.

With two golds and a silver, Veerpalu - who is also a two-time world champion - ties women's cross-country skier Kristina Smigun-Vaehi as Estonia's most successful Olympian.

"One more sportsman is currently disputing that test. There is no reason to stop now because I am convinced I have not done anything wrong," Veerpalu said.


Games products to sell in China

Chinese customers will be able to buy official products of the 2012 London Olympic Games in Beijing, as the merchandise was launched in China on Wednesday.

As announced by the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), the products are now available for customers at licensed stores in Beijing, including COC licensed stores at the Bird's Nest and Qianmen Street and the Beijing Gongmei Group Building on Wangfujing Street.

The first set of products covers more than 300 varieties in eight categories, including pins, key rings, toys, stationery, die-cast vehicles and porcelain figures. It marks the first time Olympic-licensed products have been made available overseas.

AFP - China Daily

(China Daily 08/25/2011 page23)