Mike Krzyzewski will be the man in charge of bringing Olympic gold back to U.S. basketball.

USA Basketball yesterday made Krzyzewski the coach of the U.S. national team at next year's World Championships and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The man who has led Duke to three national championships will be the first college coach to lead the national team since NBA players started playing in the Olympics in 1992.

"We will win and lose together and we will put together a team that represents our country the best it can -- on and off the court," Krzyzewski said.

"When it came time to make the decision of who would be sitting right next to me, it was obvious," said Jerry Colangelo, the men's national team managing director.

* PRO BASKETBALL: WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes disclosed in an interview with the Associated Press that she is gay and in a committed relationship.

"I feel like I've been living a lie," the Houston Comets star said. "I'm finally okay with the idea of who I love, who I want to be with."

Swoopes said she currently lives with her partner, former Comets assistant coach Alisa Scott.

The story was first reported in ESPN the Magazine.

Swoopes, the only WNBA player to win three most valuable player trophies, said she never had feelings for a woman before Scott and didn't understand them when they began. But in the seven years since, she said she's been "hurting" while hiding her relationship.

Swoopes is a five-time all-star, three-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion as a member of the Comets.

* HOCKEY: Toronto Coach Pat Quinn and Anaheim Coach Randy Carlyle were fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for recent comments about officiating.

Quinn criticized officials after a 9-1 victory over Atlanta on Oct. 14. The game included two brawls that led to 109 penalty minutes.

Carlyle was upset after Anaheim lost, 3-2, to Detroit on Friday night, pointing to the Red Wings' eight power plays to the Ducks' four.

* AUTO RACING: Formula One officials approved a new qualifying format for next season and authorized the reintroduction of tire changes.

Under the new format, qualifying will be held in three phases. The five slowest cars will drop out after the first 15 minutes, and five more will depart after the next 15. Remaining cars will compete in a 20-minute session for the top spots.

Teams will be able to change tires as often as they choose.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Virginia Tech sophomore Wynton Witherspoon broke a bone in his left foot in practice Tuesday and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Witherspoon had earned the starting small forward job, Coach Seth Greenberg said.

-- From News Services

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has been named head coach of the U.S. men's basketball team, which will compete at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.