Illinois guard Dee Brown broke his right foot at an NBA camp and might withdraw from the June 28 draft. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.
Illini teammate Roger Powell also was injured at the predraft camp at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, spraining his right ankle and leaving on crutches.
NBA spokesman Kent Partridge said yesterday that Brown broke the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during a game on Wednesday night.
Brown declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to Illinois for his senior year.
"What we're telling Dee is that the most important thing now is for him to get healthy," Illinois assistant coach Jay Price told the [Champaign] News-Gazette.
* FOOTBALL: Richmond Webb will retire as a member of the Miami Dolphins after the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle signed with the team that drafted him.
The 38-year-old Webb will be placed on the Dolphins' reserve-retired list today, ending his career where he started it 15 seasons ago. Webb ended his career in 2002 after two seasons in Cincinnati because of injuries. He made one last attempt with the Dolphins in 2003, but didn't impress and decided to retire last fall. . . .
Seattle Seahawks special teams standout Alex Bannister broke his right collarbone during a minicamp this week but should be ready for the regular season opener Sept. 11 at Jacksonville. . . .
Unhappy and feeling disrespected, tackle Ross Verba paid back a $465,000 roster bonus to the Cleveland Browns, who then released him.
* BOXING: Heavyweight boxer Joe Mesi lost the biggest bout of his career when the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to lift a medical suspension that has kept him out of the ring for more than a year.
The five-person commission in Las Vegas voted unanimously after a lengthy hearing, which included three doctors testifying that Mesi could safely return to the ring since suffering at least two subdural hematomas -- or bleeding on the brain.
Mesi said he intends to fight another round, even if it means taking his case to the Nevada courts. Mesi (29-0), the World Boxing Council's former top-ranked contender, has been barred from fighting in the United States since he outpointed Vassiliy Jirov in a tough March 2004 fight that caused the bleeding.
* TENNIS: Defending champion Maria Sharapova struggled with the serve-and-volley game of Samantha Stosur but beat the Australian, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England. The match was stopped for five minutes during the second set when a waitress fell 12 feet from a VIP area next to the court. She was unconscious and taken to a hospital.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Potomac (Va.) football coach Ben Stutler has been named activities director at Battlefield High School in Haymarket. Stutler replaces Dave Davis, who is leaving the first-year Prince William County school to become track coach at new Stafford County school Mountain View. Stutler's teams went 25-18 in four seasons, with Virginia AAA Northwestern Region Division 5 playoff appearances in 2001.
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