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LET'S (NOT) MAKE A DEAL: KLINSMANN WON'T PURSUE BEING COACH OF U.S.

SOCCER

Juergen Klinsmann withdrew from consideration as coach of the U.S. soccer team Thursday after several months of talks didn't lead to an agreement.

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati scheduled a conference call today "to make an important announcement on the search for the next head coach of the U.S. men's national team," a USSF statement said.

Bob Bradley, coach of Major League Soccer's Chivas USA team, was to be announced today as the interim coach of the national team, a soccer official told the Associated Press.

Klinsmann, who led Germany to the World Cup semifinals during the summer, was the overwhelming favorite for the U.S. job.

"Sunil (Gulati) and I have concluded our discussions about the U.S. men's national team program, and I have withdrawn my name from consideration as coach," he said in an e-mailed statement. "I'm not going to go into details about our conversations. But I certainly want to wish the next coach of the U.S. men's national team much success, and I want to, also, thank Sunil for the opportunity to exchange ideas."

It had appeared this week that the USSF and Klinsmann were moving toward an agreement.

GOLF

Argentina takes share of lead at World Cup

Argentina's Andres Romero and Angel Cabrera combined for five straight birdies on the way to 7-under 64 and a share of the lead with South Africa and Sweden at the final World Golf Championships event of the season in St. James, Barbados. The U.S. team of Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry was at 5-under 66.

AUSTRALIAN PGA: James Nitties shot 8-under 64 to lead by one stroke in Coolum.

ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP: Charl Schwartzel shot 4-under 68 to share the lead with Wayne de Haas, Alessandro Tadini, Oliver Wilson and Phillip Archer in Malelane, South Africa.

BOXING

Duran, Whitaker top list for Hall of Fame

Roberto Duran, a world champion in four weight divisions during a career that spanned five decades, and Olympic gold medalist Pernell Whitaker, another four-division champion, were voted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Duran and Whitaker were chosen from the modern era, along with undefeated Mexican strawweight champion Ricardo "Finito" Lopez, who held his world crown for more than a decade with a string of 21 successful defenses.

Duran, Whitaker and Lopez will be inducted with others chosen for the Hall of Fame on June 10 in Canastota, N.Y.

AUTOS

Biffle in accident while testing tires

Nextel Cup driver Greg Biffle was in a fiery crash while testing tires at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was helped from his burning race car by Kyle Busch.

The two drivers were helping Goodyear test tires on the remodeled speedway when Biffle's car apparently blew a tire, causing him to hit the wall. Biffle was not injured.

COLLEGES

FSU WOMEN'S SOCCER: India Trotter was named one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award as player of the year. Trotter is joined on the list by North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly and Yael Averbuch and Notre Dame's Kerri Hanks.

FSU VOLLEYBALL: Makini Thompson earned an All-East Region award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

ET CETERA

ASIAN GAMES: South Korean Kim Hyung-chil was crushed by his horse after missing a jump on a muddy equestrian course in Doha, Qatar. It was the first death of a competitor in the 55-year history of the Games.

HORSES: An appeals court upheld trainer Todd Pletcher's 45-day suspension and $3,000 fine, dismissing his challenge to the penalties for using an anesthetic on one of his horses too close to a race in 2004.

SWIMMING: Kevin Berry, who won a gold medal for Australia at the 1964 Olympics and set 10 world records during his career, died after a fall in a nursing home. He was 61.

WNBA: The Los Angeles Sparks' Lisa Leslie will miss the season because she is pregnant with her first child. Leslie, 35, is due in June. Meanwhile, the team was sold for $10-million to an investment group, Gemini Basketball Holdings.

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