Journalists get apology after assault

BEIJING --- The beating of two Japanese journalists by police in western China drew an official apology Tuesday, but new obstacles were also set for news outlets wanting to report from Beijing's Tiananmen Square.


The International Olympic Committee, which last week only partially succeeded in getting China to unblock some Internet sites after journalists raised a furor, said it would look into the new rules that require reporters to make appointments to do reports at Tiananmen Square.

The Japanese government and the Foreign Correspondents Club of China condemned the roughing up of the Japanese newsmen who were covering an attack by alleged Muslim separatists on police in Xinjiang province. In a separate incident, police entered the hotel room of an Agence France Presse photographer and forced him to delete photos of the attack scene, the French agency said.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Waiting to receive their FIBA Diamond Ball tournament gold medals, the United States women's basketball team had only one thought on their minds: This was only a dress rehearsal.

"We passed the pre-Olympic test, but now we're going to go and take care of business," said Candace Parker , who scored 12 points in America's 71-67 win over Australia in the gold medal game.

Before the game, both teams said this was merely a tune-up for the Olympics. Yet the physical play spoke differently.

"I don't think there has every been a game when we played Australia when it wasn't physical," said Lisa Leslie , who led the U.S. with 14 points.

Penny Taylor , who led Australia with 19 points, sported a blackened left eye after the game -- something she surely will remember if the teams meet again in the Olympics.

TRACK: It's unclear whether Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will run both the 100- and 200-meter events. At a news conference, Bolt said he's "80 percent sure I'll be doubling."

That might be news to his agent, who sent a text message to The Associated Press Saturday saying Bolt would run both events.

Bolt broke the world record in the 100 by finishing in 9.72 seconds May 31. He said once again that he would let his coach, Glen Mills , decide whether it made sense to compete in that event in addition to the 200, considered Bolt's specialty.

POLLUTION: The IOC's chief medical official expressed confidence that air pollution won't pose a major risk to athletes and visitors at the Beijing Games. Arne Ljungqvist said the committee is evaluating the city's air quality based on standards set by the World Health Organization.



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