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Basketball

Heat, new coach open training camp

The Miami Heat -- with Erik Spoelstra the coach -- opened with the start of training camp Saturday, and Pat Riley insists he couldn't be happier.

The Hall of Fame coach is still around, but will lead from the front office, not the front lines.

"I want to (contend for a championship) as quickly as I can," said Riley, now the president of basketball operations.

- Gilbert Arenas said he declined to talk Friday at the Washington Wizards' media day because he didn't want to take attention from team's healthy players. Arenas was fined $15,000 by the NBA for declining to make himself available on Friday.

- The New Jersey Nets announced the signing of free agents Eddie Gill , Brian Hamilton , Julius Hodge and Awvee Storey . Terms of the agreements were not released.

- In San Antonio, Sophia Young hit a 14-foot turnaround shot at the buzzer to lift the Silver Stars to a 67-66 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, forcing today's deciding Game 3 in the WNBA Western Conference finals.

Young finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio.

Cycling

Doping rules could halt comeback bid

Lance Armstrong might not be able to start his comeback in January in Australia because of the doping rules that apply to riders coming out of retirement.

Elite riders need to be in the sport's anti-doping program for six months before they can race, cycling's governing body said Saturday in Verese, Italy.

- In Verese, two-time world cycling champion Paolo Bettini said he will retire after he defends his road race title today.

Colleges

UGA baseball player arrested outside bar

In Athens, Ga., Georgia baseball player Matt Cerione was arrested early Saturday and charged with underage possession of alcohol, open container, unlawful use of identification and littering.

- In Aiken, the USC Aiken volleyball team knocked off former coach Will Condon's Armstrong Atlantic State squad 20-25, 25-20, 15-25, 25-23, 16-14. The Pacers play host to Augusta State on Friday.

- In Worcester, Mass., a 19-year-old man has been arrested on assault charges in the stabbing death of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith 's nephew.

Tennis

Roddick advances to China Open final

In Beijing, Andy Roddick will take on unheralded Dudi Sela in the China Open final, while Jelena Jankovic plays Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women's title match.

- In Bangkok, Thailand, top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga set up a rematch of their Australian Open final by winning semifinals Saturday at the Thailand Open.

Horse Racing

Unbeaten Zenyatta wins at Santa Anita

In Arcadia, Calif., Zenyatta improved to 8-0, including her sixth victory this year, with a 31/2-length win over Hystericalady in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

It was the second of a record six Grade I stakes at the track on the same day Curlin became North America's richest thoroughbred, going over the $10 million mark with a victory in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at New York's Belmont Park.

Olympics

Phelps is recognized at Michigan game

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Michael Phelps was honored with other Olympians with ties to the University of Michigan -- where the swimmer trained -- at Saturday's football game against Wisconsin.

He sported a Wolverines football jersey with his name and No. 8, representing the record-setting gold medals he won last month.


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