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Bright start for Aussie Hewitt

Olympic absentee Lleyton Hewitt began his warm-up to the US Open by cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 opening-round victory over Dane Kenneth Carlsen on Monday at the US$500,000 Washington Open.

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Japan to defend title with only three forwards

Japan coach Zico will have just three forwards for the Asian Cup which kicks off on Saturday with the defending champions' squad hit by a number of injuries, the Japan FA (JFA) said yesterday.

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Players turn red with rage over green, green grass

MARCELO Rios thought it was only good for grazing, Wayne Ferreira loves it but thinks it too slow while Marat Safin hates it so much, he's never going to play another Wimbledon.

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Two for Thierry

Thierry Henry finally found his magic touch at Euro 2004 by scoring twice in France's 3-1 win over Switzerland here yesterday to earn the defending champions a quarter-final date with Greece.

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Croats, Swiss in 'must-win' tie

Switzerland and Croatia meet for the first time today and although the game in Leiria is the first in Euro 2004 Group B, it is already seen by both sides as a #8220;must-win#8221; match.

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Penang out to take advantage of diluted Perak

Penang are in dire straits, lying last but one in the Super League and losing their last two matches against Perlis and bottom-placed Kedah.

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England count injury blessings

England are hoping the kind of injury crisis which rocked their 2002 World Cup campaign will remain a distant memory as they prepare for Euro 2004.

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UEFA Cup semi-final sets Spanish Eastern coast on fire

Never before has the UEFA Cup been so important on Spain's Eastern coast.

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France go into battle with Holland without usual midfield

No Zidane, no Vieira, no Pires - coach Jacques Santini will send out a France side missing their usual midfield in today's friendly against Holland.

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Barca ride on league form

Barcelona need their superb league form to rub off in the UEFA Cup against Celtic today if Frank Rijkaard#8217;s side are to overturn a 1-0 deficit and reach the quarter-finals.