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Originally published June 15, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified June 15, 2005 at 1:09 AM

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Briefs: Agassi withdraws from Wimbledon because of injury - again

Andre Agassi withdrew from Wimbledon because of an injury for the second straight year yesterday, leaving fans...


Agassi pulls out: Andre Agassi withdrew from Wimbledon because of an injury for the second straight year yesterday, leaving fans to wonder whether they will ever see him play again at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The 1992 Wimbledon champ sent a fax to officials of the Grand Slam event that said he was out.

Agassi, 35, was hobbled by an inflamed nerve in his back during his 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-0 loss to qualifier Jarkko Nieminen in the first round of the French Open last month.

Agassi missed Wimbledon last year because of a hip problem.

College basketball

Auburn gives Douglas his release: Auburn guard Toney Douglas has been granted his release to transfer to any school outside the Southeastern Conference. He scored 16.9 points per game last season as a freshman.

Edelin takes classes at NAIA school: Former Syracuse guard Billy Edelin, part of the Orange's 2003 NCAA national-championship team, is taking classes at Mountain State University, an NAIA school in Beckley, W.Va.


U.S. team hasn't allowed a goal in 2 matches: Freddy Adu added technical sparkle to a physical performance by the U.S. under-20 team in a 0-0 draw with Germany at the World Youth Championship in Enschede, Netherlands.

"We played great and we were unlucky not to score," the 16-year-old Adu said.

The U.S. team upset Argentina 1-0 Saturday in its first match of the tournament.


Liverpool hits jackpot: Liverpool will receive $36.9 million for winning last month's UEFA Champions League tournament.


NYC Marathon women's winner will be highest earner: The Nov. 6 New York City Marathon will give its women's champion $130,000 — $30,000 more than its men's winner

Donna Lopiano, the head of the Women's Sports Foundation, said she knew of no other event that paid women winners more than men. The extra $30,000 for the women's winner comes from race sponsor ING Groep NV.


Isler joins BMW Oracle Racing: Peter Isler, who twice helped Dennis Conner win the America's Cup, has joined San Francisco-based BMW Oracle Racing, the only American syndicate that has challenged for the cup in 2007.

Isler will serve as navigator for BMW Oracle during two warmup regattas this month in Valencia, Spain, which will host the America's Cup races in 2007. Isler said it is likely he will be with BMW Oracle through 2007.

Sports medicine

Asthma guidelines set: So many people — both recreational athletes and pros — are being diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma that the National Athletic Trainers' Association has drawn up its first guidelines for dealing with the condition.


Olbermann to work for ESPN radio: Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN in a part-time radio-announcing role and apologized for publicly criticizing the network and its TV show "SportsCenter" when he left eight years ago.

Olbermann, 46, will be the guest host on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Fridays on ESPN's radio network, starting Aug. 5. Olbermann and Patrick co-hosted "SportsCenter" for five years.

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