RETIRED: Four-time skiing medalist Stephan Eberharter retired after 16 years on the World Cup circuit.
Replacements on way?
The NBA will hire replacement officials if it does not reach an agreement on a new labor contract with the referees union by early next week. Training camp for officials begins Oct. 1. The league and the National Basketball Referees Association are negotiating a five-year contract to replace the one that expired Sept. 1.
The NBA champion Pistons are making 3,500 seats available for their opener through a lottery on Oct. 1. They play the Rockets on Nov. 2.
CYCLING: Italian rider Alessandro Petacchi won the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in a sprint. Defending champion Roberto Heras remained the overall leader, and U.S. rider Tyler Hamilton dropped out because of stomach problems.
_ FRANK PASTOR, Times staff writer and TIMES WIRES