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Basketball

GRANT SCENARIO: Portland power forward Brian Grant says "it's time to move on" and keep control over his career.

The latest possibility involves a sign-and-trade deal that would send Grant to the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers' Shawn Kemp to Portland and a package of players from Miami to Cleveland.

GILL STAYING PUT: Kendall Gill, who on Sunday said he would join the Lakers for their $2.25 million salary-cap exception, instead is about to re-sign with the New Jersey Nets for at least $7 million, NBA sources said Wednesday.

CLIPPERS COACH: The Los Angeles Clippers' six-month search will end today. San Antonio assistant Alvin Gentry met with executive vice president Elgin Baylor on Wednesday, according to a Clippers source, making him the likely face at a news conference called for today to announce a new head coach.

NEW CONTRACT: Reggie Miller, the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point attempts and baskets, signed a new contract with the Indiana Pacers. Terms were not disclosed by the team.

Olympics

U.S. SWIMMING TRIALS: Klete Keller touched the wall an instant before Chad Carvin and broke a 12-year-old American record in the 400-meter freestyle to earn an Olympic berth on the opening night of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Keller, an 18-year-old from Phoenix, won in 3 minutes, 47.18 seconds, breaking the mark of 3:48.06 set by Matt Cetlinski in the 1988 Olympic trials.

Kaitlin Sandeno, a 17-year-old who's dominated the 400 individual medley nationally for three years, is also headed for Sydney. Sandeno, of Lake Forest, Calif., led the entire way and won in 4:40.91 — third-fastest in the world this year. Maddy Crippen of Philadelphia took the second Olympic spot in 4:42.81.

Dara Torres, 33, created a sensation with an American record in the 100 butterfly preliminaries after ending her seven-year retirement last July.

Football

IRVIN ARRESTED: Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge. Irvin was taken into custody on a charge of possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, said Plano Police Department Sgt. Mark Hunt.

ROMANOWSKI CHARGED: Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski has been charged with using diet drugs prescribed for his wife and a friend. The four felony charges were announced at the team's training camp in a case that dates to 1998. Romanowski could receive between two and nine years in prison if convicted on all four charges.

DILLON SIGNS: Holdout running back Corey Dillon has reached agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals on a one-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $3 million.

FAVRE AILING: Elbow tendinitis is the latest in a series of minor afflictions that are threatening to keep three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre out of the Green Bay Packers' preseason game at Denver on Sunday.

Golf

U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Aree Wongluekiet advanced to the third round of the U.S. Women's Amateur with a 1-up victory over Mollie Fankhauser.

Hockey

WHITNEY RESIGNS: Left wing Ray Whitney re-signed with the Florida Panthers, agreeing to a three-year contract.

MCSORLEY TRIAL: The assault trial of Boston Bruins enforcer Marty McSorley will begin Sept. 25. McSorley was charged with assault with a weapon in February after Vancouver forward Donald Brashear was clubbed on the side of the head, crashed to the ice and lay unconscious for a few moments.

Auto racing

RACER DIES: NASCAR pioneer Herb Thomas, a two-time series champion, died of a heart attack at his home in Sanford. He was 77.

Tennis

MASTERS SERIES: Second-seeded Pete Sampras eked out a rain-delayed 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) victory over 19-year-old Taylor Dent at Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.

Hours earlier, top-seeded Andre Agassi was forced to retire from his match because of back problems that have hampered him since a minor car accident last month.

ESTYLE.COM CLASSIC: Top-ranked Martina Hingis beat Chanda Rubin 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the estyle.com Classic. Fourth-seeded Conchita Martinez and defending champion Serena Williams, seeded fifth, also advanced.

Skiing

NATIONAL ATTENTION: The U.S. Disabled Ski Team won a national award based on its success at the World Disabled Championships this past season.

The North American Snowsports Journalists Association named the team Competitor of the Year. The honor was based on team compiling the most alpine and nordic medals at the championships in Switzerland. The 31 medals included 11 gold and a USA record eight nordic medals.

Mono-skier Chris Waddell accepted the award on behalf of the team, which is currently training at Mt. Hood, Ore.

"It was a tremendous honor for the team to receive this award considering the other athletes were considered," Waddell said.

Nominees included U.S. Ski Team members Eric Bergoust, aerialist; Ann Battelle, mogul skier, and Daron Rahlves, alpine racer.

Skateboarding

COMPETITION SATURDAY: Gorgoza Skate Park, across from Jeremy Ranch, is hosting street and vert contests on Saturday at10 a.m. Registration will be on the day of the event from 9 to 9:50 a.m. The fee, which includes session cost, is

$20 for the open division and $15 for the product division. There is a $400 cash prize for the first place of the vert and street open divisions. Helmets are required for all events, and full pads are required for the vert competition. For information contact Chris Burgner at 435-647-5407.

Baseball

SECOND PLACE: At Steamboat Springs, Colo., The Sluggerzz, an 11-year-old baseball team from Utah, finished second at the National Triple Crown World Series on Aug. 2-6. The team finished with a 7-1 record, going undefeated until losing the championship game to Tucson 6-3.

Sluggerzz's players Garrett Nash, Tanner Adams, Mike Gibbens, Zach Jones and Jarrick Tilby all hit over .450 and were named to the all-tournament team.

GIANTS SIGN PITCHER: The San Francisco Giants signed left-hander Kirk Rueter to a new three-year contract. Terms were not announced. Rueter's 78-46 lifetime record gives him the third-highest winning percentage, at .629, among left-handers in the major leagues since 1980.

Boxing

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT: Evander Holyfield doesn't question the validity of the title or the quality of his opponent for Saturday's fight against John Ruiz.

Just the fact a portion of the heavyweight title will again be at stake is enough to motivate the aging former champion.

"It was said I'm taking John Ruiz for granted, but I've been in that position before," Holyfield said at Wednesday's final prefight press conference. "I'm not going to let that happen to me."

Holyfield is a 4-1 favorite to win the vacated WBA piece of the heavyweight title when he meets the little known Ruiz for the crown Lennox Lewis lost because of a court ruling.

Soccer

U.S. TEAM: Joe-Max Moore and Brian McBride have recovered from injuries and were picked to rejoin the U.S. soccer team for next week's World Cup qualifier against Barbados, virtually a must-win game for the Americans.

"If we fall short of three points in either game, our task will be increasingly difficult," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said Wednesday after picking his roster for the Aug. 16 game at Foxboro, Mass.