Timberwolves cut ties with McHale

The Associated PressJune 18, 2009 

Kevin McHale is out as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

New president of basketball operations David Kahn announced the decision on Wednesday. The move ends McHale's 15-year stint with the Timberwolves.

McHale is a northern Minnesota native and Hall of Fame player who won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. He met several times with Kahn before the decision was made.

In a statement issued by the team, Kahn lauded McHale's contributions to the franchise as an executive and a coach. But he said there are many changes on the way and it "would have been difficult for everybody involved to put Kevin in this position."

"I was willing to come back, but they never offered me a contract," McHale told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "They told me last night they were going in a different direction. I said, 'I think you're making a mistake, but that's up to you guys.' "

Nadal, Safina top Wimbledon seeds

Defending champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked women's player Dinara Safina were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday.

There were no big surprises when the All England Club announced the seedings for the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, which opens Monday. The draw will be released Friday.

The top-ranked Nadal has been having trouble with his knees the past few months and received treatment after pulling out of the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club.

The top six spots follow the rankings. Five-time champion Roger Federer is No. 2, with Andy Murray at No. 3.

Safina of Russia is followed by Serena Williams and defending champion Venus Williams.

The only major change from the rankings is 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova as the No. 24 seed despite being ranked 59th.

Former QB Leaf arrested

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf posted a $45,000 bond Wednesday in Washington for drug and burglary charges out of Texas after being arrested by customs agents as he returned to the United States from Canada.

James Farren, the district attorney in Randall County in West Texas, said Leaf was arrested Wednesday by federal customs agents. Legal assistant Jennifer Bonstein said Leaf declined to waive extradition during a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles north of Seattle.

Romo working on maturity: Jerry Jones' stated goal this offseason was to make the Dallas Cowboys more "Romo-friendly," a phrase that requires little reading into.

Certainly not for Tony Romo.

Romo recognizes the Cowboys are his team now, more than ever before. And, more than ever, he's acting like it.

Romo is taking a new approach to conditioning in hopes of being in as good shape in December as he is in September. He's working to be smarter and safer with the football.

Put it all together and it sounds like he's also accepting, and perhaps even embracing, the role of team leader -- one that comes with more strings attached when that team is the Cowboys.

"It's not only dealing with the game but dealing with all the extra stuff that goes with it," Romo said Wednesday, the final day of a three-day minicamp.

"There are a lot of people that struggle with the mental side of off-the-field situations, and if you can't get over that then you're never going to be able to perform on the field. That's part of figuring out going with it and learning. I had to learn, just like I'm sure plenty of young guys will when they play."

North Korea ends World Cup drought

North Korea qualified for its first World Cup finals since 1966 and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain stayed alive in the race to South Africa 2010 on Wednesday.

North Korea was the last of Asia's automatic qualifiers, joining Australia, Japan and South Korea.

After Iran conceded a costly late goal to draw 1-1 at South Korea, North Korea and Saudi Arabia knew a win against each other at King Fahd International Stadium would secure a berth. Instead, they drew 0-0 and North Korea claimed the second berth in Group 2 from the Saudis on goal difference.

North Korea gave a "great performance," said coach Kim Jong-hun.

U.S. against wall vs. Brazil: Soccer rivalries don't get much more one-sided than Brazil vs. the United States.

A five-time world champion, Brazil is 12-1 against the Americans. The lone U.S. victory was a 1-0 upset at Los Angeles in the 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The United States opened the Confederations Cup on Monday with a 3-1 loss to Italy, wasting an early lead. With a loss to the Brazilians today at Centurion, South Africa , the U.S. would be eliminated if the Azzurri tie or defeat Egypt in the late game.

Bruins' Ference has hernia surgery

The Boston Bruins say defenseman Andrew Ference has undergone successful surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and a torn groin.

Laing re-signs with Capitals: Left wing Quintin Laing has re-signed with the Washington Capitals. Laing signed a one-year contract.

Cities bid for 2016 Olympic Games

The four cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics took their case directly to the voters on Wednesday, stressing the backing of their government leaders and promising financial security for their multi-billion-dollar projects.

Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro made formal presentations to members of the International Olympic Committee in a crucial test before the final vote in Copenhagen on Oct. 2.

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