Saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, Bill Snyder retired yesterday from the Kansas State program he coached from college football's depths to a spot among the nation's elite.

The 66-year-old Snyder, Kansas State's coach since 1989, said health was not a factor.

"As far as I know, my doctor has not complained -- well, he's complained about some of my habits," Snyder said. "But to my knowledge, I'm physically fine."

Athletic Director Tim Weiser said no timetable had been set for choosing Snyder's successor. Snyder, who signed a six-year contract extension in 2001, will remain under contract as coach until his successor is hired. After that, he will stay on as a special assistant to Weiser, the school said.

With Kansas State failing to qualify for a bowl for a second straight year, Snyder's final game will be Saturday against Missouri. The stadium will be renamed Bill Snyder Family Stadium. . . .

Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey was given a five-year, $5 million contract.

* BASEBALL: Hideki Matsui and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement on a four-year, $52 million contract that will keep the popular outfielder in New York.

Matsui's agent, Arn Tellem, and Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman met the Nov. 15 deadline contained in Matsui's first contract with the team. That deal stated that if there was no agreement by then, New York would have to place the outfielder on unconditional release waivers, which means the Yankees could not have re-signed him until May 15. . . .

The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as their general manager to replace the fired Paul DePodesta. Colletti had been an assistant GM with the San Francisco Giants.

* SOCCER: D.C. United waived defenders Kenny Arena and Tim Merritt, midfielder Nana Kuffour and forward Jason Thompson. Neither Arena nor Merritt played in a regular season game this past season and Thompson made one appearance. Kuffour played three games and had one goal. . . .

The San Jose Earthquakes have permission to move the franchise for next season. A decision on the club's new home will be made in the next 30 days, but Commissioner Don Garber's announcement doesn't necessarily mean the franchise will relocate, the team said.

* HOCKEY: The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired six-time all-star center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round draft pick from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for forward Tyler Wright and rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Maryland received an oral commitment from Braxton Dupree, a 6-foot-8 junior from Calvert Hall (Md.) who is considered among the top 40 players nationally in the class of 2007.

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