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AMERICANS DREW INTEREST OF CHINA

Concerned about protests at the Olympics, China listed 10 Americans it believed might cause problems. The U.S. State Department said it knew about it and made "multiple representations to Chinese authorities regarding the importance of respecting freedom of expression." It added it didn't tell the 10 so as not to burden them with a nonissue. Citing actions related to violence in Darfur, China listed: softball players Jennie Finch, Jessica Mendoza, Natasha Watley, Amanda Freed; softball assistant Karen Johns; ex-Gator soccer player Abby Wambach; cyclist Jonathan Page; paralympic basketball player Jen Howitt; paralympic wheelchair racer Cheri Blauwet and golfer Laura Goodwin. None were available for comment.

Out of bounds

Maybe he will do better at football

Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinsketo clinch the World Series for the Phillies. But the Rays outfielder can get revenge this weekend when they meet ... in fantasy football. They are two of 13 major-leaguers in a league at Sportsline.com. (A Sportsline rep holds the 14th spot.) The others: David Wright (Mets), Mark Buehrle (White Sox), Matt Clement (Cardinals), Michael Cuddyer (Twins), Travis Hafner (Indians), Greg Maddux (Dodgers), Doug Mientkiewicz (Pirates), Aaron Rowand (Giants), B.J. Ryan (Blue Jays), Ben Sheets (Brewers) and Jarrod Washburn (Mariners).

Quotable

"I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped ... and how humiliating that should feel. I needed to do something to dramatize my point."

Mike Singletary, 49ers coach on dropping his pants at halftime in the locker room of Sunday's game, which San Francisco was losing 20-3 to the Seahawks

Lightning

Today: Off

Up next: vs. Senators, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Pete Times Forum Radio: 620-AM

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