Sports in Brief | Temple baseball player dies after swim accident

Posted: August 09, 2007

Richie Gargel, a 19-year-old Temple baseball player, died yesterday in Sartell, Minn., two days after he was injured while swimming, police said.

Gargel, a resident of Brigantine, N.J., who starred at Holy Spirit High, was found early Monday under water in a pool at a residence in Sartell, the St. Cloud Times reported. The cause of death had not been determined, police said. An autopsy will be performed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

A lefthanded pitcher for the St. Cloud River Bats, Gargel had joined the Northwoods League team two weeks ago. The summer wooden-bat league features top college players.

Pro basketball

The Boston Celtics have spoken with retired NBA star Reggie Miller about coming out of retirement to help the once-proud franchise in its push for an unprecedented 17th NBA title.

Miller confirmed the discussions and said he was "flattered."

"[I have] contacted Reggie and he is contemplating a comeback with us," Celtics basketball boss Danny Ainge said through a team spokesman. Miller's agent, Arn Tellem, declined comment.

Miller, who will turn 42 this month, played 18 seasons, all with the Indiana Pacers, before retiring in 2005. He is 13th in career scoring with 25,279 points.

Hockey

Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins have been offered plea deals stemming from their arrests at the former's bachelor party in Minnesota last month, their agent, Paul Krepelka, said.

Elsewhere: Luke Richardson signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. The 38-year-old former Flyers defenseman will make $500,000 this season, his 20th in the NHL. . . . Defenseman Mike Weaver signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boxing

Fidel Castro might bar Cuban boxers from competing in the world championships in Chicago and other qualifying events leading to the Beijing Olympics to prevent possible defections.

The Cuban leader offered the possibility in a column he wrote in official newspapers.

Elsewhere: WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine, 32, has an eye infection that might end his career and leave his sight permanently impaired, his manager said.

Noteworthy

In the first 106 years of the U.S. Women's Amateur golf championship, no preteen had reached match play. Now there are two, and they will face each other today. Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., and Pearl Jin of San Gabriel, Calif., ousted older opponents to set up their second-round showdown at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. Both are 12 years old.

Gato Del Sol, the winner of the 1982 Kentucky Derby and the second-oldest living Derby winner, died at 28. The horse was euthanized Tuesday because of age-related infirmities, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. He was buried on Stone Farm in Paris, Ky., where he was born and raised.

The oldest surviving Derby winner is Genuine Risk, who in 1980 became only the second filly to win the race.

Elsewhere: Wake Forest named assistant coach Dino Gaudio to replace the late Skip Prosser. . . . The College of New Jersey named Matt Hunter interim men's basketball coach. . . . Villanova goalie Jillian Loyden, a senior from Vineland, is listed among the candidates for the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top collegiate soccer player.

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