Sports in Brief | Reggie Miller decides not to end retirement

Posted: August 25, 2007

Reggie Miller is staying retired, passing on a chance to turn the Big Three of the Boston Celtics into the Fabulous Four.

Miller told the Celtics his decision yesterday after having several conversations with Danny Ainge, Boston's executive director of basketball operations, during the last two weeks, team spokesman Jeff Twiss said.

The NBA's career leader in three-pointers turned 42 yesterday and has spent the last two seasons out of the NBA after retiring from an 18-year pro career, entirely with the Indiana Pacers.

He never won an NBA championship, and the overhauled Celtics are considered contenders.

Elsewhere: The Orlando Magic signed free-agent center Adonal Foyle. The 6-foot-10 forward, who played at Archbishop Carroll High in Radnor, was available after he and the Golden State Warriors agreed on a buyout earlier this month. . . . Former Florida State forward Alexander Johnson signed with the Miami Heat after playing last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Soccer

The United States was among 13 nations that will receive a first-round bye in soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, said it based the decision on its rankings from May, when the United States was second in the region, a position it also holds in the latest rankings.

Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Guatemala, Canada, Guyana, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines also received first-round byes.

David Beckham is taking a break. Exhausted after playing three games in six days, Beckham won't travel with the Los Angeles Galaxy for tomorrow's Major League Soccer game in Colorado.

Ryan Johnson, one of three Bradley University soccer players charged with setting a fire that killed a teammate during what authorities say was a prank gone wrong, has quit the team.

Johnson, 22, is charged in an Aug. 12 blaze that killed 19-year-old Sheridan "Danny" Dahlquist.

Jurisprudence

Former Arizona State running back Loren Wade, 23, convicted of second-degree murder in the 2005 slaying of another ex-Sun Devils football player, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Phoenix.

South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook was arrested on a gun charge and suspended from the university, making him ineligible to play for the Gamecocks. The 19-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of a pistol, according to a police report.

"He's a good young man and obviously was at the wrong place at the wrong time," coach Steve Spurrier said.

The NCAA has suspended three Nebraska baseball players for trading bats for store credit at a sporting goods store in Lincoln.

The Nebraska athletic department said outfielder Andy Gerch will be suspended for the first 12 games of 2008, while catcher Jeff Lanning and utility man Craig Corriston will miss the first six games of the season under the NCAA's suspensions.

Noteworthy

The Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame announced the election of four members, including current women's basketball coach Tom Shirley. He is joined by the 1970 men's basketball team, which won the school's lone national title; former two-sport standout Melissa DerPilbosian; and former men's basketball player Mike Louden.

Japan will play Curacao for the international championship in the Little League World Series today in Williamsport, Pa., and Warner Robins, Ga., will face Lubbock, Texas, for the U.S. title.

The winners will meet tomorow for the World Series crown.

Milan Michalek agreed to a six-year, $26 million contract extension with the San Jose Sharks, keeping the talented young forward in teal through 2014.

American Mardy Fish beat Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (3), 6-4, in a Pilot Pen semifinal in New Haven, Conn.

Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova won a women's semifinal after Elena Dementieva retired while trailing, 6-4, 3-6, 0-3.

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