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RATINGS STILL STRONG: Detroit's dominating win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was the highest-rated show on network television Thursday night.

ABC's coverage of the Pistons' 88-68 win got a 10.5 rating with a 19 share, 50 percent higher than the 7.0 earned by last year's Game 3 between New Jersey and San Antonio.

It was 3 percent higher than Game 3 between the Nets and the Lakers in 2002.

The average for the three games this year is a 10.4 with an 18 share, 68 percent higher than last year and 4 percent higher than 2002.


RODDICK HITS 153: Andy Roddick broke his own record for fastest serve with a 153 mph ace Friday during a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Paradorn Srichaphan at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament. Roddick served the ace at 1-0, 15-0 in the second set.

"I wasn't trying to hit it any harder than normal, and I didn't really realize until the crowd started cheering and I saw Paradorn smiling," Roddick said. "I was surprised because it was against the wind."

It's the third time this year Roddick has improved the record. He had a 150 mph serve in a Davis Cup match against Austria in February, and a 152 mph serve in Davis Cup play against Sweden in April.

"I can't feel the difference between 146 mph and 153," Roddick said. "I can feel when I hit it big, but if you're asking if I know that's it, I have no idea. In my mind, it still counts as just one point in the match. I'm just happy to get through more than I am about hitting a big serve."

MARTINA GIVEN WILD CARD: Martina Navratilova will play singles at Wimbledon for the first time in a decade. The nine-time Wimbledon singles champion was awarded a wild card Friday, signaling her return 10 years after she lost to Conchita Martinez in the 1994 final — and 31 years after she made her debut at the All England Club. The 47-year-old Navratilova also played singles at the French Open last month, losing in the first round.

KUERTEN OUT: Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten pulled out of Wimbledon on Friday because of a hip injury. The Brazilian clay-court star reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1999 but only made it to the second round last year.


ARMSTRONG HOLDS SPOT: Lance Armstrong held onto fourth place overall after the fifth stage of the Dauphine Libere cycling race Friday, a tune-up in his bid for a sixth straight Tour de France title. Armstrong finished in a pack of riders with overall leader Iban Mayo of Spain.


CHARLOTTE ULTRASWIM: Kristy Kowal, a silver medalist in the 200-meter breaststroke in the 2000 Olympics, won the 100-meter breaststroke Friday in the Charlotte UltraSwim. She finished with a time of 1 minute, 9.30 seconds.

She planned to swim her signature event, the 200-meter breaststroke, on Saturday but said she also wants to swim the 100 in Athens.

In men's events, Vlad Polyakov won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.04; Andrew Hurd won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.53 and Chuck Sayao won the 400 individual medley in 4:25.22. Also Daniel Cruz won the men's 100 butterfly in 54.62 after favorite Ben Michaelson scratched before the preliminary heats.