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United Acquires Former U-Va., Oakton High Star Arena

Saturday, February 5, 2005; Page D02

D.C. United acquired New York/New Jersey MetroStars midfielder Kenny Arena, the son of U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena, in exchange for future considerations yesterday.

Arena, who turns 24 tomorrow, had one goal in 10 games for the MetroStars last season.

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The former University of Virginia and Oakton High star played for the U.S. under-20 team in 2000 and 2001, appearing in a total of 24 matches.

In other news, midfielder Shawn Kuykendall, a product of American University and Madison High, was among three players drafted yesterday by United in the 2005 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. United also selected forward Matt Nickell of Drake University and goalkeeper Andrew Terris of Stanford. Kuykendall, who is from Fairfax, was the 48th pick. Nickell and Terris were chosen 12th and 36th, respectively.

The draftees are expected to join the team at its preseason training facilities in Bradenton, Fla., in the next few days.

HORSE RACING: A federal judge dismissed a libel suit by jockey Jose Santos against the Miami Herald, but the jockey's attorney said that the case will probably be re-filed in South Florida.

Santos sued the paper in U.S. District Court in Louisville in May. Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victory in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, sued the newspaper; its parent company, Knight-Ridder Inc.; and several of the newspaper's employees for $48 million.

Stewards investigated the finish of last year's Derby after a May 2003 photograph and story in the newspaper raised questions about whether Santos might have carried an illegal device in his right hand when he crossed the finish line.

Stewards later concluded Santos was holding only his whip.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Five Florida A&M assistant coaches, including the younger brother of head coach Billy Joe, resigned in another troubling sign for the embattled Division I-AA program.

Offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach James Joe, interim defensive coordinator and secondary coach Derek Hill, running backs coach Allen Bogan, defensive line coach Herbert Moore and linebackers and special teams coach Terry Jones all left -- leaving just two other assistants on the staff. No reason for the departures was announced.

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