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Singh apologizes to Annika

Vijay Singh said he was sorry if his comments about Annika Sorenstam playing on the PGA Tour -- "I hope she misses the cut" -- came across as a personal attack. "If it was an attack on Annika at all, I would like to apologize to her," Singh said on Tuesday after a practice round for this week's Byron Nelson Classic. "It was not put that way. It came out the wrong way." Singh said on Sunday that Sorenstam had no business playing in next week's Colonial and said that on the odd chance he gets paired with her, he'd withdraw. "I hope she misses the cut. Why? Because she doesn't belong out here," Singh said during an interview as he left the locker room after the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. "If I'm drawn with her, which I won't be, I won't play."


Ichiro hits top form

Ichiro Suzuki had four of the Mariners' season-high 17 hits on Tuesday as the Seattle Mariners took a 8-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Randy Winn drove in three runs and Joel Pineiro settled down after a shaky start, while Edgar Martinez and Jeff Cirillo had two RBIs each. Seattle is 4-0 against Cleveland this season.

Suzuki is batting .341 in his last 19 games, raising his average from .250 to .299. In 10 games this month, he's hitting .442 with seven multihit games.


Fulham narrows choices

Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed narrowed down the choice for his club's new manager to three yesterday -- Klaus Toppmoeller, George Burley and Chris Coleman. The three will be interviewed in Paris with the decision made by the end of the week. Former manager Jean Tigana, a former French international star, was told in March that his contract would not be renewed but he would stay in charge until the end of the season. He was fired on April 18.


Paris launches 2012 bid

Paris will this month formally present its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, with beach volleyball to be played at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, a newspaper reported yesterday. Mayor Bertrand Delanoe plans to announce Paris' candidacy on May 21, daily Le Parisien said, without citing sources. The International Olympic Committee is to elect the 2012 host city in July 2005. Calls to Paris City hall seeking comment were not immediately returned. Paris failed in its bid to host the 2008 Olympics, which were awarded to Beijing, China. But its latest bid will incorporate a number of changes to the earlier one, including building the Olympic village above railway tracks in the city center.


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