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IN BRIEF

MORE TENNIS: French Open champ Anastasia Myskina, in her first outdoor match of the season, lost 6-1, 6-3 to Peng Shuai in the second round at the Medibank Sydney International in Australia.

FED CUP: The United States-Belguim first-round match will be in Delray Beach, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

CYCLING

Armstrong delays decision

Lance Armstrong said he remains uncommitted about going for a seventh consecutive Tour de France title. He plans to race in four classics (three in Belgium and one in the Netherlands) before deciding in late April about the Tour, scheduled for July 2-24.

But even if he doesn't race, his team's new sponsor, the Discovery Channel, had Armstrong promise to race in at least one more.

SOCCER

Players seek mediation

Players rejected the U.S. federation's offer to send their labor dispute to arbitration and instead proposed mediation. Players objected to the strict rules, which allowed for only a contract through 2006 and limited proposals. Players want a deal through 2010. The federation plans to use inexperienced players for a Feb. 9 World Cup qualifier at Trinidad unless there is an agreement by Feb. 1.

ARENA FOOTBALL

Storm re-signs two

The Storm re-signed Stoney Case, who did not play last season as the third quarterback, and fullback/linebacker Elfrid Payton, second all-time in the CFL with 154 sacks. Fullback/linebacker Umar Muhammad was removed from the refused to report list, and linemen Jimond Pugh and Clint Mitchell left the team. Mitchell, a former Gator, will play in NFL Europe.

ET CETERA

OBITUARY: IOC member Eduardo Hay, a physician who helped bring the 1968 Summer Games to Mexico, died Wednesday, his family said. He was 89. Mr. Hay's discussion of medical issues helped overcome doubts related to Mexico City's 7,349-foot altitude.

Compiled from Times wires.

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