Goaltender Dominik Hasek won't play for the Detroit Red Wings next season.
Hasek said Ottawa is one of the teams he would be interested in joining, and added he wants to be on a club that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
"The decision should be taken . . . no later than the beginning of July," he said in yesterday's edition of the Sport daily in Prague. "At the moment I can only confirm that I won't be in Detroit next season."
A call from the Associated Press to Hasek's agent, Rich Winter, wasn't returned.
Hasek came out of a one-year retirement last season to rejoin the Red Wings, but a groin injury limited him to just 14 games.
He won two MVP awards and six Vezina Trophies in a nine-year stint in Buffalo.
* TENNIS: Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France beat Magdalena Maleeva, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the Eastbourne grass-court tournament in England.
Mauresmo will next play Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, who defeated third-seeded Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7). . . .
Mary Pierce of France and Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya posted straight-set victories at the Ordina Open and will meet in the semifinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands.
The third-seeded Pierce defeated Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 6-4, 6-2, and Krasnoroutskaya beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia-Montenegro, 6-4, 6-1. . . .
Thomas Johansson beat Greg Rusedski, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) to reach the semifinals of the Nottingham Open grass-court tournament in England. Top-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand also advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Hicham Arazi.
* BASKETBALL: Darko Milicic broke his hand in a token appearance in the Detroit Pistons' NBA title clincher, an injury that could jeopardize his chances of playing for Serbia and Montenegro in the Olympics.
The second overall pick in the NBA draft was hurt at the end of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He missed yesterday's parade celebrating the team's victory. . . .
The American Basketball Association announced that a proposed expansion team in Hershey, Pa., will instead play next season in Upper Marlboro's Show Place Arena. The team -- which will be called the Maryland NightHawks -- has scheduled tryouts for June 26 in Norfolk and July 10 in Bowie.
* COURTS: Former Harlem Globetrotter Clyde "the Glide" Austin was sentenced to 171/2 years in prison for using churches to lure people into fraudulent investment schemes that cost them $16 million. Austin, 46, also was ordered to repay the victims. . . .
St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was indicted on charges of persistent drunken driving, nearly two months after police in a St. Louis suburb arrested him.
Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in an alcohol-related wreck that killed a St. Louis woman in 1998.
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