Tracy McGrady will not play for the U.S. men's basketball team at the Olympics, U.S. Coach Larry Brown said yesterday.
"Tracy dropped out," Brown said, breaking the news of yet another superstar's withdrawal from the roster.
McGrady joins Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Elton Brand and Kenyon Martin among players who have withdrawn from the team or have told the selection committee they would not accept invitations. Brown indicated McGrady's decision to get married influenced the player's decision. . . .
The Los Angeles Lakers' 100-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night was the highest-rated NBA playoff game ever on cable.
* OLYMPICS: The U.S. Olympic Committee's chief security officer commended Athens's efforts to safeguard the Olympics.
Larry Buendorf attended a three-day conference organized by the Greek public order ministry that brought together about 350 security experts from national Olympic committees, sponsors and broadcasters.
"They are going to make the safest Olympic Games that can possibly be done," Buendorf was quoted as saying.
* SOCCER: FC Porto won the European Champions Cup for the second time, beating AS Monaco, 3-0, in the final in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Carlos Alberto, a 19-year-old forward, scored from 12 yards six minutes before halftime. Deco made it 2-0 in the 71st minute off a pass from substitute Dmitri Alenitchev, and Alenitchev scored the final goal in the 75th minute. Porto, the Portuguese champion, also won Europe's top club tournament in 1987, when it defeated Bayern Munich, 2-1.
* HORSE RACING: Pimlico jockey Rick Wilson was upgraded to stable condition at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center and then transferred to Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital. Wilson is recovering from injuries suffered May 8 when his mount, Advance to Go, stumbled coming out of the gate and kicked the jockey in the head after unseating him.
* COLLEGES: Oklahoma State, coming off its second Final Four appearance under Coach Eddie Sutton, announced that associate head coach Sean Sutton would become the Cowboys' coach when his father decides to retire.
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