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Monday, September 11, 2000
Olympic Notebook

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A Canadian water polo player says she's honored to have joined the crowd of athletes posing nude for magazine previews of the Olympics.

 Waneek Horn-Miller appeared on the cover of the Canadian edition of Time magazine last week holding a water polo ball and wearing only an eagle feather in her black hair.

 "It's a trend at these Olympics," Horn-Miller said Monday.

 U.S. swimmer Jenny Thompson posed recently for Sports Illustrated wearing just the bottom of a stars-and-stripes bathing suit, her hands strategically covering her breasts.

 Several Olympians from Australia also have stripped off for the camera, appearing in Black and White magazine's "Sydney Dream" edition in May.

 KICKING THEMSELVES: -- The players who had been expected to be the biggest stars at the Olympic men's soccer tournament won't be kicking a ball in Australia.

 Nwankwo Kanu, Nigeria's standout player in its gold-medal run four years ago at Atlanta, put club before country this time and is staying put to play for England's Arsenal.

 "I love to play for my fatherland, my country," Kanu said. "But I helped us win the Olympic medal four years ago and, because of my commitments with my club, I decided it was not quite right to leave Arsenal for so long and try to achieve something I had already achieved before."

 Brazil's Romario may be a World Cup star, but coach Wanderley Luxemburgo skipped over him in favor of a young squad.

 Australia's hopes for a gold medal on home turf were expected to be led by Harry Kewell. But he underwent Achilles' tendon surgery last week after being sidelined for the first five games of the English season for Leeds United.

 ON THE COURT: -- Fresh from her victory in mixed doubles at the U.S. Open, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario was back on the tennis court Monday, ready to try to add to her collection of Olympic medals.

 Sanchez-Vicario practiced with her brother and coach Emilio Sanchez at a tennis center in Sydney. The Spanish player already has won four Olympic medals -- a bronze in singles and a silver in doubles at Barcelona in 1992, and a silver in singles and a bronze in doubles at Atlanta in 1996.

 Sanchez-Vicario and her partner, Jared Palmer, won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open 6-4, 6-3 over Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi last Thursday.

 CHINA CUTS: -- China has dropped two more athletes from its Olympic team -- this time because of injuries.

 Weightlifters Cui Wenhua and Shi Zhiyong were both cut because of wrist injuries sustained in practice, newspapers and sports officials said.

 China kicked 27 athletes off its team last week, some for failing blood tests for performance-enhancing substances. Cui and Shi were not involved in that scandal.

 UNWANTED GUESTS: -- Three women who apparently work as prostitutes found their way into the pub at the Olympic village where journalists are staying while covering the games.

 Police "are conducting an inquiry into how they got in," said Geoffrey Bennun, manager of the media village. "You can be sure that this won't be happening again."

 The three women mixed with journalists early Monday at the 24-hour pub on the grounds of the guarded village, distributing business cards for an escort service.

 The women sported guest passes, obtainable only by sponsorship from a registered guest, Bennun said. He did not disclose the affiliation of the media representative who signed them in.

 The women have been barred from the village.

 "I hope I never hear about it again," Bennun said. "On top of 800 people checking in, we don't need something like this."

 WHERE'S THE BALL?: -- The men's soccer team from Cameroon got to its first practice in Brisbane on Monday only to find no one -- not the coach, four assistant coaches or any of the players -- thought to bring along a ball.

 The goof delayed practice about half an hour.

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