Los Angeles traded high-scoring forward Carlos Ruiz to FC Dallas yesterday, putting the Galaxy in position to acquire U.S. national team star Landon Donovan.
Donovan is returning to Major League Soccer after a 2 1/2-month stint with Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga. Galaxy spokesman Patrick Donnelly declined to comment when asked if the trade would mean the team would obtain Donovan.
"We are going to try and move quickly to bring somebody in with that allocation," Galaxy General Manager Doug Hamilton said. "But as is our policy, until every I is dotted and every T is crossed, I'm not going to speculate on who that player may be."
Donovan was in Birmingham to play for the United States in a World Cup qualifier against Guatemala last night.
Ruiz scored 50 goals in 72 games with the Galaxy over three seasons and was the league's MVP in 2002, when he helped the Galaxy win the MLS Cup.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Seton Hall guard J.R. Morris declared for the NBA draft, the school announced.
Morris, a junior, averaged eight points and 3.5 rebounds in 79 career games with the Pirates. He was averaging 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds through 21 games in the 2004-05 season before Coach Louis Orr suspended him for academic reasons. . . .
Suspended Connecticut backup point guard Antonio Kellogg was arrested in Mansfield, Conn., and charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, state police said. Kellogg was released on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 13.
Kellogg, a freshman, played about 14 minutes a game this season, backing up Marcus Williams.
COLLEGE HOCKEY: Cornell goalie David McKee and Colorado College linemates Brett Sterling and Marty Sertich are the finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in college.
The award will be handed out tomorrow at the Frozen Four in Columbus, Ohio.
HIGH SCHOOLS: Marissa Coleman (St. John's), who has committed to Maryland, scored a game-high 19 points to lead the East to an 80-64 victory over the West in the McDonald's All-American basketball game in South Bend, Ind.
In the boys' game, the East squandered a 27-point lead before beating the West, 115-110.
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