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OLYMPIC UPDATE / 46 DAYS TO THE GAMES : Hegg Earns Return Trip; Australia Qualifies in Soccer

Twelve years after he won gold and silver cycling medals at the Los Angeles Olympics, Steve Hegg earned a chance to add to his total at Atlanta.

Hegg, 32, of Dana Point, finished second behind Frankie Andreu, 29, of Dearborn, Mich., in the points standings Sunday after a five-race series in Charlotte, N.C., to decide which two cyclists get automatic berths on the U.S. team. Already selected for the five-member team was Lance Armstrong. The final two riders will be chosen by coaches and announced today.

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Australia qualified for its third successive Olympic Games soccer tournament when it trounced Canada, 5-0, at Sydney. Hayden Foxe, Goran Lozanovski, Mark Viduka, Paul Agostino and Kevin Muscat scored.

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The Australians tied Canada, 2-2, in the first game of the home-and-home playoff series between the Oceania champion and the CONCACAF runner-up.

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The United States, China, South Korea, the Netherlands, Japan and Ukraine will form Pool A in the Olympic women’s volleyball tournament, the international volleyball federation announced in Osaka, Japan. The draw placed Russia, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Cuba and Germany in Pool B.

In the men’s tournament, the United States, Brazil, Bulgaria, Poland, Cuba and Argentina will form Pool A. Yugoslavia, South Korea, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Italy and Russia will be in Pool B.

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Anne Kursinski and Michael Matz clinched spots on the U.S. Olympic equestrian team by jumping fault-free rounds during trials at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa. . . . Middleweight Dan Henderson of Huntington Beach was one of 10 Americans to claim Olympic spots by winning at the Greco-Roman wrestling trials in Concord, Calif.


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