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Sports in brief: Allen leaves Celtics, accepts offer to join Heat



MIAMI — Ray Allen will take less money for a chance at another NBA championship.

Allen told the Heat on Friday night that he intends to accept its contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could pay him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champion will be able to next season. Miami could offer the league's leading 3-point shooter only the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million for next season.

Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted the news just after 9:30 p.m. — or about 2:30 a.m. today in Europe, where Arison has been for several days. Allen's agent, James Tanner, confirmed the decision. Allen, who will be 37 this month, cannot officially sign until Wednesday.

Sixers use amnesty clause on Brand: Team president Rod Thorn said the 76ers have decided to use the amnesty clause on veteran forward Elton Brand and will get about $18 million in salary cap relief for next season. The clause allows a team to waive one player during the new labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap and the tax. Brand was entering the final season of an $80 million, five-year contract. Also, the team agreed to a one-year contract with guard Nick Young. The deal is in the $6 million range, agent Mark Bartelstein said.

Ex-Bull to join Kings: Former USF player Augustus Gilchrist was signed to a spot on the Kings' roster for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next weekend.


U.S. men's team has first practice

The U.S. men's basketball team held its first practice in Las Vegas, and there was a quick reminder of the rocky run-up to the London Games.

Chris Paul was forced to leave the opening day of training camp to get an X-ray after hurting his thumb. The Americans don't believe the injury is serious, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo calling it a tweak of a previous injury, and they hope Paul can practice today.

That would be some rare good news for a team has been severely weakened by injuries. Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were forced to pull out, leaving 15 players vying for 12 spots. The roster will be announced tonight.

Gay edges Gatlin: Tyson Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters at the Diamond League Areva meet in Saint-Denis, France, 12 days after losing to the 2004 Olympic champion in the U.S. trials. Gay dipped across the line in 9.99 seconds, 0.04 ahead of Gatlin. European champion Christophe Lemaitre of France was third in 10.08.

Parker cleared: Spurs guard Tony Parker can play for European runnerup France at the Games after San Antonio's doctors agreed he has recovered from an eye injury. Parker's left cornea was scratched last month in New York during a nightclub fight. France's first game is against the United States on July 29.

et cetera

Volleyball: The U.S. men's team defeated host Bulgaria 3-0 to advance to the World League semifinals. The Americans won their pool and will play Cuba, which lost 3-0 to Poland, today.

WNBA: Sophia Young scored all 18 of her points in the second half and San Antonio defeated host Washington 78-73 for its sixth straight victory. … Tina Charles had a team-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds to lead visiting Connecticut to an 86-75 victory against Tulsa.

Times wires

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