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MUNICH---Radek Stepanek of the Czech
Republic beat seventh-seeded Mikhail
Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 yesterday
to advance to the second round of the
Youzhny was the second former winner
of the clay-court event to be eliminated
after two-time champion Nikolay Davy-
denko lost on Monday. Youzhny was the
Fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov
defeated Ukrainian countryman Sergiy
Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2, while sixth-seeded
Florian Mayer of Germany, the 2011 run-
ner-up, struggled to overcome qualifier
Lukasz Kubot of Poland 7-6 (2), 4-6, 7-
5. Wild-card entry Gael Monfils of France
topped eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of
Austria 6-3, 6-3, while Evgeny Korolev of
Kazakhstan upset Marcos Baghdatis of
Cyprus 7-5, 7-6 (3) and Ernests Gulbis of
Latvia beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-
Viktor Troicki of Serbia defeated German
qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-2 and
Grega Zemlja of Slovenia beat another qual-
ifier, John Millman of Australia, 6-2, 6-2.
at BMW Open
LISBON, Portugal---Pablo Car-
reno-Busta of Spain upset fifth-
seeded Julien Benneteau in the
first round of the Portugal Open
yesterday, beating the French-
man 6-3, 6-4.
In the women's event, top-
seeded Marion Bartoli also exited
the tournament. After a disas-
trous start in her first-round
match, the Frenchwoman fought
back against Peng Shuai to win
the second set before losing the
match 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.
Pavlyuchenkova of Russia went
through with a 6-4, 6-4 victory
over Israel's Shahar Peer.
5th-seeded Benneteau loses at Portugal Open
ANKARA, Turkey---Turkey has signed
Michael Phelps coach as a consultant
on their swimming programme for the
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the
2020 Games that Istanbul hope to
Bob Bowman, who guided Phelps to
a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall
at the Olympics, will help select swim-
mers and advise the Turkish Swimming
Federation on strategies to develop com-
petitors, Turkey's Youth and Sports
Ministry said on Tuesday.
The appointment is part of a Turkish
policy to develop athletes in swimming
and other major Olympic events.
It came after Turkish mobile phone
company Turkcell agreed to sponsor
swimming and athletics.
Bowman's first task will be to select
swimmers with potential among some
200,000 youths, a ministry official said.
No Turkish swimmer has won an
In this June 23,
2012 file photo,
looks on as
during a news
the US Olympic
trials in Omaha,
Turkey enlists Phelps' coach
Even before Jason Collins,
plenty of other athletes
around the world have come
out as gay, either while still
active or in retirement.
From Martina Navratilova to
Greg Louganis to Sheryl
Swoopes, men and women
from a variety of sports have
openly acknowledged their
sexuality, though many others
are believed to still be reluctant
to come forward.
Collins, a 34-year-old NBA
veteran, became the first active
player in the four major Amer-
ican professional sports to
come out as gay, writing a
first-person account posted on
Sports Illustrated's Web site
Monday. Collins has played for
six teams in 12 seasons, includ-
ing this past season with the
Washington Wizards, and is
now a free agent.
"It is hugely powerful when
any individual in the sports
world, wherever they come
from in the world, feels able
to come out," said Ruth Hunt,
deputy chief executive of the
British gay rights organisation
Stonewall. "The fact that this
is a current player adds to the
strength of his statement."
Previously, some pro sports
athletes waited until after quit-
ting to say they were gay,
including former NBA player
John Amaechi and former NFL
running back Dave Kopay.
English football player Justin
Fashanu committed suicide in
1998, eight years after coming
out during his playing career.
Amaechi, a center who
played five seasons with four
teams, became the first NBA
player to publicly come out in
2007, three years after the Eng-
lishman's playing career was
over. He said Collins spoke
with him before deciding to
come out and called his deci-
sion "ground-breaking" and
one that could encourage other
gay athletes to follow suit.
"I'm getting tons of mes-
sages right now from people
talking to me about him, about
what he's done," Amaechi told
The Associated Press.
"I've spoken to a couple of
college athletes in the States
and a couple of high school
athletes who are very good who
have been immensely buoyed
by this news.
"They feel a weight lifted
off them even if they aren't
out and they aren't going to
come out at this point."
Sports leagues in Britain and
elsewhere in Europe have been
trying to combat anti-gay bias.
But the taboo remains partic-
ularly strong in football, where
there are no openly gay players
in Europe's top leagues. Homo-
phobic chants still occur at
"Football is not going to
change," Amaechi said. "If it
wanted to change it would
change. It has the resources to
do so. It doesn't want to
Amaechi said he has been
in touch with football players,
including in the English Pre-
mier League, who are gay but
are not ready to go public.
"Many of them are out
already," he said. "They are out
in the way that most people
are out in that people they love
and that people who care about
them know that they are gay.
But random strangers don't
know that they are gay."
Fashanu remains the only
top-level British football player
to have come out publicly,
acknowledging he was gay in
1990. The former Nottingham
Forest and Norwich City striker
was found hanged in a London
garage at age 37.
Gay athletes have come
out while active or retired
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