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Christie Continues to Play Hard to Get

Associated Press

Linford Christie was chosen for the British Olympic team Monday, but the 36-year-old sprinter still hasn’t confirmed whether he will defend his 100-meter title in Atlanta.

He won the 100 in the British trials, and finished in a dead heat in the 200 with John Regis, but has refused to commit to the Olympics.

Jonathan Edwards, the world record-holder in the triple jump, was missing from the British team. He sat out the Olympic trials because of an injury, but is expected to make the team.

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The Atlanta City Council approved a temporary hike in local taxi fares because of the Olympics. Taxi rides within downtown will jump to $8 from $5 per person. And taxi rides from the airport to downtown will cost $25, an increase from $18 per person.

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A U.S. boxing team, featuring six fighters who will compete in next month’s games, defeated a Russian squad with no Olympic fighters, 8-4, in an exhibition match at Miami. The Olympians were led by light-heavyweight Antonio Tarver, who overcame a first-round knockdown to defeat Igor Dzagoev, 31-11. Other Olympians in action were light-flyweight Albert Guardado, featherweight Floyd Mayweather, light-welterweight David Diaz, light-middleweight David Reid and heavyweight Nate Jones. All won except Jones.


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