Midfielder Clint Mathis and goalkeeper Tim Howard are back on the U.S. roster for World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Panama.

Mathis, a spark for the Americans during the 2002 World Cup, injured an ankle in June and didn't play until last weekend for Hannover, his club in Germany.

Howard, who starts for Manchester United, has a slight injury and is questionable for the game, U.S. Coach Bruce Arena said yesterday. He is joined on the roster by Tottenham Hotspur's Kasey Keller, who started against Jamaica, and Jonny Walker of the MetroStars. Brad Friedel, who starts for Blackburn in England, is still not completely injury-free, Arena said.

The Americans, who opened the semifinals with a 1-1 tie at Jamaica on Aug. 18, face El Salvador on Saturday in Foxboro, Mass., then play at Panama Sept. 8.

* AUTO RACING: NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will retire after the 2005 season, saying he is concerned about getting hurt and wants to leave at the top of his game. His decision was influenced by the death of rival Dale Earnhardt in a Daytona 500 crash in 2001.

Wallace, 48, has won 55 races. He made his NASCAR debut in 1980 and has won almost every major race except the Daytona 500.

* COLLEGES: Tom Lochner was chosen as women's basketball coach at La Salle to replace John Miller, who resigned amid allegations he failed to report a rape involving one of his players. . . .

The Connecticut assistant men's basketball coach who resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting agreed to perform 10 days of community service and undergo counseling.

Clyde Vaughan, 42, entered a conditional plea in Hartford (Conn.) Community Court to settle charges of soliciting prostitution and interfering with police. If he completes the community service and counseling, the charges will be dismissed. Vaughan resigned last week following his arrest Aug. 18 and the disclosure that he had been arrested twice before in other states on similar charges. . . .

Two suspended Tulsa football players, including the team's leading tackler last season, avoided prison when a judge sentenced them on felony burglary charges. Kedrick Alexander, who started at defensive back, and reserve Terrance Thomas were sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and 120 hours of community service.

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