Gay on hamstring: "I'll be ready to go'

American sprinter Tyson Gay says his hamstring is feeling better and he'll be healthy and ready to go when the Olympic 100-meter races start next week.

”When I step on the line in Beijing, don't worry. I'll be ready to go,“ Gay said Monday before departing for China from Munich, where he had been training.

The Lafayette graduate has decided to fly to Beijing and skip going to the U.S. Track team's training camp in Dalian, China, because he wants to be at Friday's opening ceremonies. Qualifying in the highly anticipated 100-meter dash starts Aug. 15.

Gay, the defending world champion in the 100 and 200 meters, hurt his hamstring early last month at the U.S. Olympic trials while running in preliminary heats in the 200 meters. He already had qualified for the 100.

United States teams

Women's basketball: Diana Taurasi scored 21 points and the United States pulled away in the second half, beating the Russians 93-58 Monday night in the FIBA Diamond Ball tournament in Haining, China. In a much-hyped matchup against her native country, Becky Hammon scored 10 points, but her adopted team was no match for the Americans.

”She made her choice, and that was up to her,“ U.S. co-captain Katie Smith said. ”We're here to represent our country.“

Baseball: Mike Hessman hit two of the United States' four home runs Monday night, and the Americans capped their stateside preparations for Beijing by scoring nine runs in the fifth inning of a 17-5 exhibition rout of Canada in a game shortened to seven innings at Durham, N.C. The Americans hit 11 homers during the four-game series.

Canadian Manager Terry Puhl and pitcher Steve Green were ejected in the fourth inning for arguing a call at first.

Schuettler allowed to play

German tennis player Rainer Schuettler will get a shot at an Olympic gold medal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday upheld Schuettler's request that the International Tennis Federation enter him into the men's singles competition in Beijing.

The CAS panel found the 33rd-ranked Schuettler was among the top players eligible for the games according to the ITF criteria and that the German national Olympic committee had the discretion to enter the players of its choice.

The Olympic tennis tournament starts Sunday, two days after the opening ceremony, and will finish Aug. 17.

Disappointed with Monday's ruling, the ITF said it expects a country's entries to be ”in the frame of a transparent and consistent qualification system.“

Iraq team arrives

The four athletes making up the Iraqi Olympic team arrived in Beijing late Monday, less than a week after the country's ban was reversed. The International Olympic Committee suspended Iraq in May over alleged government interference in the country's national committee.

”I'm so happy I am here now,“ said rower Haidar Nozad. ”I am so excited. It is my dream.“