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USA high five it in Vancouver Tiger set to talk

WINTER OLYMPICS: Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis all struck gold on Wednesday as the United States transformed a bleak Vancouver Olympics into their own winter wonderland.

The three wins gave the US team a total of five gold medals after the fifth full day of competition, ahead of Germany, South Korea and Switzerland, who each had three golds on a day when the heavy snowfalls that forced some earlier events to be postponed finally cleared.

Traditional powerhouses Russia, Norway and Austria all opened their gold medal accounts yesterday while China won their second in Vancouver.



Roddick gets the better of Blake

Tennis: Top seed Andy Roddick ended his losing streak against fellow American James Blake at the ATP Morgan Keegan Championships.

Roddick, who headed into his first-round clash having lost his last three matches against Blake, had a wobble in the second set but eventually prevailed 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-3).

Meanwhile, Dubliners Barry King and James McGee emphatically beat Bosnian pair Franjo Raspudic and Zlatan Kadric 6-4 6-1 yesterday at the ITF Men's Futures event in Sarajevo.



Tiger set to talk

golf: Tiger Woods is about to break his silence and will make a statement at the headquarters of the US PGA Tour in Florida tomorrow. Woods will talk in front of just a few invited reporters.

"The first time out, he's better controlling it," Pádraig Harrington said. "At the moment, the best thing is a more controlled environment and to gradually ease his way back into it."

"He's got to come out at some point," Rory McIlroy added. "I'm sick of hearing about it. And I'm just looking forward to when he's getting back on the golf course."

Cycling: Benoît Vaugrenard, of the Française des Jeux's team, eclipsed Alberto Contador in the final 1,000 metres of 157.5km of racing to win the first stage of the Tour of the Algarve yesterday.

Vaugrenard had a five-second advantage on the line over the chasing bunch.

The An Post/Sean Kelly Team all finished in the main group: Mark Cassidy was 76th, with David O'Loughlin 82nd and Ronan McLoughlin 123rd.

NBA: Indiana 87 San Antonio 90, Orlando 116 Detroit 91, Toronto 102 Memphis 109 (OT), Washington 108 Minnesota 99, New Jersey 84 Miami 87, NY Knicks 109 Chicago 115, Milwaukee 99 Houston 127, New Orleans 90 Utah 98, Dallas 107 Phoenix 97, Golden State 130 Sacramento 98, LA Clippers 92 Atlanta 110.


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