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Cycling event yields to drive for tsunami aid

The inaugural United Texas Tour cycling race was postponed indefinitely Wednesday because organizers were reluctant to seek sponsorship money while massive aid is going to the tsunami relief effort.

Officials had hoped the September stage race in Lance Armstrong's home state would become a showcase event in a sport concentrated in Europe. Organizers had raised about half the $4.5-million needed and said that money would be refunded.

TENNIS

Agassi in fine form

A sleeker, fitter Andre Agassi beat Olympic gold medalist Nicolas Massu 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in the first round of the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, Australia, to set up a match with fellow American Andy Roddick today. Roddick routed Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-4. Agassi trimmed down to about 163 pounds from 176 after concentrating on strength and fitness instead of technique.

CAPRIATI OUT: Two-time champion Jennifer Capriati withdrew from the Australian Open for the second straight year because of a shoulder injury. American Robby Ginepri beat fourth-seeded Vince Spadea 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Heineken Open at Auckland, New Zealand.

ET CETERA

WINTER SPORTS: Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto collected five more 6.0s at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore., to go with the one Tuesday that marked the first perfect score at nationals in compulsory dance. Austrian skier Hans Knauss was temporarily suspended for steroid use and could be banned for two years, prompting his country to leave him off its team for the upcoming world championships. Austria's Renate Goetschl won her first World Cup race of the season with a super-G victory at Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. American Lindsey Kildow was fourth. Marvin Crawford, a former Olympian and a 14-time national champion in Nordic skiing, died Monday after a stroke in Colorado Springs. He was 74.

Compiled from Times wires.

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