Texas-El Paso football coach Mike Price said he felt vindicated after an undisclosed settlement was reached with Time Inc. over a Sports Illustrated article recounting a night of drinking at a topless bar in Florida.

"I'm one happy man right now," Price said yesterday.

Price sued the magazine for $20 million, claiming he was defamed and slandered by a story detailing his actions the night he visited a topless bar in Pensacola, Fla., in April 2003 while still head coach at Alabama. Price acknowledged being heavily intoxicated, but denied allegations of sex at his hotel that the magazine reported. Alabama fired Price a few days before the article was published. . . .

After eight losing seasons, Temple Coach Bobby Wallace said he will leave at the end of the year when his contract expires.

* HORSE RACING: Afleet Alex won't run in the Breeders' Cup Classic after all. Trainer Tim Ritchey and veterinarian Patricia Hogan said that the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner's leg injury has not healed and the popular horse won't be ready for the Oct. 29 event. . . .

Jockeys Ryan Fogelsonger and Luis Garcia, both injured in a spill Sunday at Laurel Park, were treated at Laurel Regional Hospital and released that night. . . .

The postponement of the Maryland Million on Saturday because of heavy rain may have cost the featured race, the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic, one of its top entrants. Trainer Gary Capuano ran 5-year-old star Cherokee's Boy at Charles Town on Sunday afternoon, winning the $50,000 HBPA Governor's Cup in record time. Capuano did not say whether he would run the horse back in the Classic on less than a week's rest.

* BASEBALL: Ed Wade was fired as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies after failing to get them into the playoffs during his eight years on the job.

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