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'He's in a zone where even the best pitchers aren't going to get him out.' - Chicago Cubs manager Don Baylor on Sammy Sosa, who hit three home runs in a game Wednesday night.

US Open SEEDS double

US Open seedings released Monday include 32 men and 32 women, double last year's totals, with Gustavo Kuerten and Martina Hingis seeded No. 1.

The expansion to 32 seeded players in each draw was announced in June. It makes early-round upsets less likely and gives top players a better chance to advance, which pleases sponsors and TV networks.

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Kuerten is No. 1 at the US Open for the first time. The Brazilian, bothered by soreness in his right side, quit seven games into Sunday's final against Patrick Rafter at a tournament in Indianapolis, but said he expects to ready for the Open.

Two-time champion Andre Agassi is seeded second, followed by 2000 champion Marat Safin. Pete Sampras is 10th, his lowest seeding since winning the first of his four US Open titles in 1990.

Jennifer Capriati, who won this year's Australian and French Open titles, is seeded a career-best No. 2. Lindsay Davenport is No. 3, while Wimbledon champ Venus Williams is No. 4 and sister Serena No. 10.

'The Little Emperors'

Little boys wearing T-shirts heralding the 2008 Olympics scamper through upscale shopping malls around Tiananmen Square. Part of a generation born under China's one-child policy, the boys are known as "Little Emperors," and they have become unofficial ambassadors in Beijing's buildup to the games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted last month to give the 2008 Games to Beijing. But this week the focus is on the University Games, which started Wednesday and end Sept. 1. As the first world-scale sporting event held in China, it could offer a glimpse of how the country will handle the Olympics.

"We will prove that Beijing is the right choice made by the IOC members," said Tu Mingde, spokesman for the Beijing organizing committee. In magnitude, the 21st Universiade already is the biggest on record, with more than 8,000 athletes, officials, VIPs, and media from 166 nations attending these so-called "little Olympics."


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