Miller hasn't decided on retirement
NEW YORK — Known for taking risks when he's racing, skier Bode Miller is taking a cautious approach as he decides whether to retire. That means making sure he's on the same page as the U.S. Ski Team.
"The team makes a big difference … in regards to what they're going to do, where their funding is at," said Miller, who doesn't expect to decide until August; "even philosophy and stuff, what they're going to do next year because that makes a big difference for me.
"Obviously, it's been an issue for a lot of years. That's why I started my own team partly. They have some good stuff going on. But when it really comes down to nuts and bolts, it has not changed at all really."
Miller, in New York for an appearance for a sponsor, broke away from the U.S. team in 2007 and skied independently for two seasons. He took time off last summer to recharge his batteries before rejoining the U.S. squad in October.
He won gold, silver and bronze at the Vancouver Olympics. In all, the Americans won eight medals, their most ever. That's probably why U.S. men's coach Sasha Rearick is willing to listen and made it clear he wants Miller back on the team.
"I take all the comments from all the guys and try to apply them. I want to make our team better," he said. "We want to see Bode racing and part of our ski team family."
Roddick won't play in French warmup
Andy Roddick withdrew from next week's Rome Masters, a warmup for the French Open, citing personal reasons. The American, ranked seventh in the world, recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of his marriage to model Brooklyn Decker. The tournament is mandatory for top-ranked players, but Roddick will not be fined because he is allowed one exemption per year as a veteran with more than 600 matches played on tour. The ATP said Roddick is expected to return for the Madrid Masters, another French warmup, on May 9.
Fed Cup: Melanie Oudin opens the Americans' semifinal against Russia today in Birmingham, Ala., by facing Alla Kudryavtseva. Bethanie Mattek-Sands then faces Elena Dementieva, ranked No. 6 in the world. Reverse singles and doubles are Sunday. Serena and Venus Williams are out with leg problems.
Soccer: Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson said he has no intention of retiring at the end of the Premier League season. Several British papers reported Ferguson, 68, would step down after 24 seasons as coach. But he said he has not even contemplated it. "It is rubbish," Ferguson said.
Track: Usain Bolt, the 2008 Olympic champ and world record-holder in the 100 and 200 meters, said he doesn't want to run the 400 but will do so "if it takes that for me to become a legend in sports." Instead, he said, he will focus on defending his titles at the 2012 Games.
Rhythmic gymnastics: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Natalia Lavrova of Russia died in a car crash. She was 25. Police said a car driven by the sister of Lavrova, who won team gold in 2000 and 2004, collided with another car about 330 miles southeast of Moscow. Both died instantly. The condition of the other driver was not disclosed.