Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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ATP: Tunisia's tennis federation ordered the country's top player, Malek Jaziri, to withdraw from a match against an Israeli at a tournament in Uzbekistan.
Jaziri was to play Israel's Amir Weintraub in the quarterfinals of an ATP Challenger tournament in Tashkent. He withdrew before the match and Weintraub advanced to the semifinals of the lower-tier event.
FEATHERWEIGHT: Orlando Cruz, who came out last year as the first openly gay boxer, takes on Orlando Salido in Las Vegas on Saturday for a piece of the featherweight title on the undercard of Timothy Bradley's fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. He'll do it wearing rainbow colors on his boxing trunks.
USOC: The U.S. Olympic Committee board revised its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a nod to its disapproval of the Russian anti-gay law recently passed by the Olympic host country.
At his annual address to the USOC Assembly on Friday, CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation is not in the business of trying to influence Russian policy.
"The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the Russian law does not mean that we support the law, and we do not," Blackmun said.
-- From news service reports