Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted to expand, setting the stage to invite Miimi and two other schools to join their nine-team league, two sources familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. Miami will get an invitation soon. If the Hurricanes and two other teams from the Big East accept, it could drastically alter the landscape of college sports. Any expansion plan would likely go into effect in 2004. ACC commissioner John Swofford, meeting with coaches and athletic directors in Amelia Island this week, was hesitant to call expansion of the 50-year-old league a done deal. He knows Miami and two other schools -- Syracuse, Boston College and Virginia Tech are candidates -- still must accept.


Point guard Kristen Veal said she was leaving the Phoenix Mercury and returning to her native Australia. The announcement came a day before the Mercury play their first exhibition game in Indianapolis. Veal, 21, cited personal reasons for leaving before her third WNBA season.


Doug Wilson was hired as general manager of the San Jose Sharks, who missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Wilson, the first captain in franchise history and the team's director of pro development the last five years, will replace Dean Lombardi, who was fired in March.



Oregon guard Luke Ridnour, who declared for the NBA draft last month, said he will be represented by a law firm and forgo his senior season. Ridnour did not sign with an agent when he made himself eligible, leaving open the possibility that he could return to Oregon under NCAA rules. He will be represented by the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams &; Connolly LLP . . .

Former champions Duke, Purdue and Seton Hall will play in the 2003 Great Alaska Shootout. Alaska Anchorage, the Division II host of the eight-team tournament, announced the field for the 26th annual event, to be played Nov. 26-29 at Sullivan Arena. The other teams in the field are Pacific, Southwest Texas, Houston and Liberty. It will be the first appearances for Houston and Liberty.


Driver Jerry Nadeau is semiconscious and has not spoken since his car slammed into a wall May 2 during practice for a Winston Cup race. Nadeau sustained what his doctors call a "moderate to severe head injury," Jay Frye, general manager of Nadeau's U.S. Army team, said during a conference call. He said Nadeau's communication has been mostly hand-squeezing and facial expressions. Nadeau also sustained a partially collapsed left lung and a broken left shoulder blade. He has been in fair condition since last Thursday and his doctors are encouraged, Frye said. He added there is no timetable for his recovery.


Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will face nine horses in the Preakness on Saturday, and his pursuit of the Triple Crown could be hindered by an undesirable post position. Funny Cide got the last pick for the post position draw today. The horse had the second pick for the Derby and won the race by 13⁄4; lengths as a 12-1 shot. "Certainly, the second pick in the Derby is more important than having the second pick here," said Jack Knowlton, general partner of the three-horse Sackatoga Stable that owns Funny Cide. "We would rather have something rather than 10, but being 10th here is better than being 10 at the Derby." The other horses in the race, in order of their post position draw, are: Ten Cents a Shine, Kissin Saint, Senor Swinger, Foufa's Warrior, Midway Road, Cherokee's Boy, Scrimshaw, Peace Rules and New York Hero. Champali withdrew this morning after his handlers found the horse had colic, and trainer Bob Baffert decided not to enter During. Funny Cide was expected to be installed as the favorite for the Preakness, regardless of his post position.

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