The Milwaukee Bucks fired Coach Terry Porter yesterday, two months after finishing their worst season in almost a decade. The Bucks have the first pick in next week's NBA draft, and General Manager Larry Harris said the team needs to take a new direction.

Plagued by injuries and a revolving roster, the Bucks went 30-52 this season and failed to make the playoffs in Porter's second season with the team.

The decision came more than a month after the team announced Porter would return for his third season.

"Obviously, I am disappointed by the decision," Porter said in a statement, thanking Harris and owner Herb Kohl for the coaching opportunity.

A Milwaukee native, Porter played for Portland, Minnesota, Miami and San Antonio during a 17-year career that included two trips to the NBA Finals.

* SOCCER: Brandi Chastain, the defender who joyously took off her jersey to celebrate the U.S. women's team's 1999 World Cup victory at the Rose Bowl, is no longer in the team's plans, Coach Greg Ryan said.

Chastain joins Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett as longtime stars whose national-team careers have ended recently, although the other three left on their own after a 2004 season that included the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.

Chastain and Kristine Lilly were the two players of the "Fab Five" who vowed to keep playing. The Fab Five were the remaining players from the 2001 World Cup team. All enjoyed remarkably long tenures at the top level, but Chastain will be 39 by the 2007 World Cup in China. . . .

Manchester United was taken off the London Stock Exchange, ending a 14-year stint as a publicly traded company.

The expected move follows the recent takeover of the Premier League team by Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer. Glazer became majority shareholder of Manchester United on May 16 in a $1.47 billion buyout of the world's richest soccer club.

* PRO FOOTBALL: Former Washington Redskins return man Chad Morton reportedly has agreed to a one-year contract with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

* COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Arizona State kept up its remarkable run in the CWS, beating Florida, 6-1, in Omaha to move within a win of the championship round.

The Sun Devils have to beat the No. 7 seed Gators again today to advance to the best-of-three finals that start Saturday against Texas.

* WNBA: Betty Lennox scored 23 of her season-high 29 points in the second half as the Seattle Storm rallied to end the Connecticut Sun's eight-game winning streak with a 95-86 home victory. Sue Bird played in her first game for the Storm since June 7, when she broke her nose and right orbital bone against the Sun. . . .

Nicole Ohlde scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 75-59 victory over the visiting Phoenix Mercury.

-- From News Services