Saturday, August 14, 2004

Warren opens against medal favorite


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The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Cincinnati's Rau'Shee Warren, the United States' 17-year-old light flyweight, will meet medal favorite Zou Shiming of China on Wednesday in the boxing competition's first round, according to the draw announced Friday. The weight class begins competing at 6:30 a.m. EDT.

Cincinnati flyweight Ron Siler will face Australia's Bradley Hore on Tuesday. The weight class begins competing at 6:30 a.m.

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The 283 fighters in 11 weight classes were randomly paired in the draw, which produced at least one outstanding early matchup: Heavyweights Alexandre Alekseev of Russia and Odlanier Solis of Cuba will meet Wednesday in a rematch of last year's World Championships final, won 18-15 by Solis.

SOCCER: In its first game, the U.S. women's soccer team passed the ball patiently, waited for mistakes, then exploited them effectively.

At 11 a.m. today, the Americans will have to stop emulating slowdown basketball and play a different game. Their next opponent is Brazil, where soccer means creativity and flair, giving the U.S. defenders, including St. Ursula High graduate Heather Mitts, the kind of challenge that was missing in Wednesday's 3-0 victory against overmatched Greece.

"It's going to be more of a fun game to watch for everybody," forward Abby Wambach said.

A victory would clinch a spot in the quarterfinals, almost a formality given that eight of the 10 teams in the tournament will advance. More important, it would put the Americans in commanding position to win their group, which would give them a high seeding and a quarterfinal match in Thessaloniki, eliminating a travel day.

ROWING: Four Cincinnati natives begin heat action early Sunday. Greg Ruckman (lightweight double sculls) will race at 2 a.m., Kelly Salchow (quadruple sculls) will race at 3:10 a.m., Pat Todd (lightweight four) will race at 2:40 a.m., and Bryan Volpenhein (men's eight) will race at 4:20 a.m.




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