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AFA PROMOTES REYNOLDS: The Air Force Academy didn't look far to find its new men's basketball coach, promoting assistant Jeff Reynolds on Tuesday.

Reynolds will replace Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Colorado two weeks ago. The 50-year-old Reynolds is the seventh head coach in the academy's history and the fourth in the past five years.

"My job here is to sustain the success of the program and take it to the next level," Reynolds said.

His five-year deal will be worth around $350,000 a season, about the same figure Bzdelik made with the Falcons. The contract also includes a $500,000 buyout clause, just in case other teams want to lure Reynolds away. Bzdelik's buyout was a comparatively small $270,000.

TROJANS' YOUNG DECLARES: Southern California's Nick Young decided to pass up his senior season and enter the NBA draft because of what it means to his family.

"I want to buy my mom her first house. That's one of the main reasons I made this decision," Young said Tuesday at a news conference on campus. "It was tough for us. They've been behind me all the way.

SODERBERG FIRED: Basketball coach Brad Soderberg was fired Tuesday after five seasons at Saint Louis despite the school's first 20-win season since 1998.


TOUR DE GEORGIA: Ivan Stevic won the second stage of the Tour de Georgia, while Daniele Contrini retained the overall lead Tuesday.

Contrini, who won the opening stage for the Tinkoff Credit Systems team, retained the overall lead despite placing 54th in the 135-mile ride from Thomaston to Rome on a clear, sunny day.

The Italian has a cumulative time of 8 hours, 59 minutes and 43 seconds, which puts him 29 seconds ahead of Douglas Ollerenshaw of the United States.


FEDERER LABORS, WINS: Roger Federer labored to a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) victory over Italy's Andreas Seppi on Tuesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 10-time Grand Slam champion, who had trouble with his backhand, sealed the victory on his third match point when Seppi netted a forehand.


RED BULLS SIGN ANGEL: The New York Red Bulls signed Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel from English Premier League club Aston Villa on Tuesday, their second acquisition under MLS' rule allowing teams to add players outside the salary cap.


ROCKER'S DAD DIES: The father of former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday.

Jake Rocker, 63, of Macon, was struck by a dump truck as he made a left turn, Warner Robins police Maj. John Wagner said.


SORENSTAM SCHEDULE: Annika Sorenstam will play fewer golf tournaments this season and focus on the majors because of a back injury.

"I will play less, prepare more and really go for the big competitions," Sorenstam told Swedish broadcaster SVT.

The 36-year-old Sorenstam learned last week that she has a ruptured and herniated disk in her back and will miss at least a month from the LPGA Tour.