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DUBIOUS DISTINCTION FOR AMERICAN TENNIS

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Tampa resident Mardy Fish is No. 11 in the men's tennis rankings - and he's the highest-ranked American. For the first time in the 38-year history of the rankings, no man or woman from the United States is in the top 10 in the world in singles. Just behind Fish is Andy Roddick, a former No. 1. Serena and Venus Williams are Nos. 17 and 19, respectively. Serena has not played since winning Wimbledon last year after two foot operations and treatment for a blood clot in her lung; Venus has been sidelined since the Australian Open with a hip injury. "I think we're kind of a victim of our own success over the years in the sport," Roddick said Monday after his first-round loss in the Italian Open. "If you still stack us up against most countries, we're coming out ahead."

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Belgian cyclist dies in downhill crash

Hurtling down an Italian mountain pass, Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt lost control of his bike for a split second. He then tumbled to his death in a crash during the third stage of the Giro d'Italia, with the riders going 40-50 mph at the time. It was the first fatality at the Italian race in 25 years. Portuguese rider Manuel Cardoso said Weylandt, 26, lost control after slamming into a wall on the side of the road during the descent about 12 miles from the finish in Rapallo in northern Italy. "Our sport is very tragic at times," said British rider David Millar, who took the overall lead but said it meant "nothing."

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NUMBER OF THE DAY

9-over 81 Tony Romo's score in the U.S. Open qualifier at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, which kept him from reaching the next stage of qualifying. The Cowboys quarterback made one birdie to go along with five bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey. "The golf course is probably the toughest in the area, but when you add the USGA with their greens and some of the pin placements, then add to that the wind, it was a monster," he said.

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QUOTES OF THE DAY

"My belief is that he'll retire for a while, but I don't know how long you can go to Montana and meditate and ... smoke peyote. He's gonna get bored, and I mean that in an endearing way." Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who is expected to retire

"Well, first of all, you don't smoke peyote." Jackson's response

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