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SKICROSS GETS GREEN FOR 2010 GAMES

The rough-and-tumble freestyle event of skicross is in for the 2010 Winter Games. Women's ski jumping will have to wait to be considered for 2014.

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday approved skicross - similar to snowboard cross - for the Vancouver Games, but rejected women's jumping and five other events.

Skicross involves groups of skiers racing each other to the bottom of a course with jumps, rollers, banks and other manmade and natural terrain features.

INCREASED TESTING: More than 4,000 doping tests will be carried out during the 2008 Beijing Games, a 25 percent increase from the 2004 Athens Games and nearly double the amount from the 2000 Sydney Games. International Olympic Committee medical director Patrick Schamasch said up to 4,600 urine and blood checks will be made from the opening of the athletes' village until the end of the Games.

ET CETERA

Venus says she wasn't involved in event

Venus Williams said she never committed to play against men in a 2001 Battle of the Sexes event and that such a splashy exhibition did not interest her. "I didn't get involved. That wasn't my thing," she testified in West Palm Beach during a breach-of-contract lawsuit. "I'm a professional. ... I want to play serious tennis." The owners of a company called CCKR that intended to stage the tournament between male and female tennis stars claim the Williams sisters reneged on an agreement to play arranged by their father, Richard Williams.

SOCCER: Goal-line cameras will be used Sunday during a game in Italy's top league. Four cameras will be placed 66 feet above the corner flags. Computers will analyze the images and determine if the ball has crossed the line, if the referee is in doubt.

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