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With Most Points in League, Galaxy Fires Coach

Tuesday, August 17, 2004; Page D02

The Los Angeles Galaxy fired coach Sigi Schmid despite leading Major League Soccer with 34 points. No successor was named.

Schmid's dismissal follows Saturday's scoreless tie against the Columbus Crew that extended Los Angeles' winless streak to five games.

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The Galaxy is 0-1-4 during that stretch, scoring only three goals, and 9-6-7 overall.

Los Angeles has a two-point lead over Kansas City in the Western Conference, but has played two more games.

BASKETBALL: The Boston Celtics signed Tom Gugliotta to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. . .

The Orlando Magic signed 7-foot-1 center Mario Kasun, who has spent the past two seasons with the Opel Skyliners in Frankfurt, Germany. . . .

The Charlotte Bobcats traded center Predrag Drobnjak to the Atlanta Hawks for a second round pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

BOXING: Former International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Robert Quiroga, 34, was found stabbed to death in San Antonio, police said. No suspects are in custody.

• HOCKEY: With two fruitless negotiating sessions behind them and only one month left before an NHL lockout, the league and the players' association will return to the bargaining table today. . . .

The Tampa Bay Lightning reacquired forward Vaclav Prospal from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for a second-round pick in the 2005 draft.

GOLF: Oscar Alvarez of Colombia, a junior at BYU, shot a 3-under-par 67 for the first-round lead at the U.S. Amateur in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Thirty-six golfers were unable to complete the round because of lightning.

• HIGH SCOOLS: Westfield High School named Doug Ewell as its new boys' basketball coach. Ewell replaces Bob McKeag, who resigned earlier this month to become the athletic director at Fairfax's new high school, which is scheduled to open in Lorton in 2005. Ewell, 33, directed the Bulldogs' junior varsity program the past four years, going 48-0 the past three.

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