26-year-old champ from Norway dies of cardiac arrest during training

Alexander Dale Oen stood on top of a world championship podium less than a year ago, wiping away tears as the Norwegian national anthem played in triumph again just three days after the country was rocked by a massacre by a right-wing extremist.

The swimmer became a symbol of resilience and resurgence in Norway with that victory, the country’s first swimming world title at a time when it was in desperate need of something to cheer for.

On Tuesday, Norway was in mourning after Dale Oen died suddenly from cardiac arrest during a pre-Olympic training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 26.

Dale Oen, one of Norway’s biggest medal hopes for the London Olympics, was found collapsed on his bathroom floor late Monday and was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Flagstaff Medical Center, Norwegian swimming federation President Per Rune Eknes confirmed to The Associated Press. He said it was still unclear what led to the cardiac arrest.


ESTORIL OPEN: Seventh-seeded Albert Montanes moved into the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Matthew Ebden at Oeiras, Portugal.

Eighth-seeded Flavio Cipolla of Italy ousted Argentine Diego Junqueira, 6-1 6-4.

Top-seeded Juan del Potro, defending his title on clay in Portugal, has a first-round bye.

BMW OPEN: Colombian qualifier Robert Farah upset defending champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round in Munich.

SERBIA OPEN: Ryan Harrison of the United States lost 6-3, 6-3 to Joao Souza of Brazil in the first round at Belgrade, Serbia.


MLS: Leading scorer Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls will miss up to four weeks with a strained right hamstring.

Henry was injured in a 1-0 win over New England on Saturday. He scored his ninth goal in the win.

Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson was fined by MLS for making an inappropriate gesture at the end of the Sounders’ match Saturday against the Chicago Fire.

Johnson was fined by the MLS. The amount of the fine was not disclosed.

FA CUP: Liverpool’s hopes of taking a morale-boosting victory into the final were dashed thanks to a 1-0 home loss to Fulham, improving Everton’s chances of finishing above its Merseyside rival in the Premier League for the first time since 2005.

Everton drew 1-1 with Stoke in the night’s other match, putting David Moyes’ team three points above Liverpool with two rounds remaining.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says the Americans probably will add “one or two players” to their Olympic roster pool after a series of injuries.

The U.S. announced 20 finalists in January, but has since lost at least four candidates. Starting center Dwight Howard had back surgery and point guard Derrick Rose tore a knee ligament, following previous injuries to Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Colangelo also told reporters at a press conference in Las Vegas that the Americans wouldn’t choose their final 12-man team for London “until the very last moment.” The deadline is June 18.

Colangelo and U.S. Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced plans to train in Las Vegas and play an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic – coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari – on July 12.