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FORMER BULLS LINEMAN JOINS STORM

ARENA FOOTBALL

TAMPA - Former USF defensive lineman Josh Julmiste was one of three players acquired by the Storm, the team announced Friday.

Julmiste, who played for the Bulls in 2005-06, joins receiver Andrew Helmick and defensive back Ricky Johnson as newcomers to the Arena Football League team.

"While these gentlemen may be rookies, they all have professional experience having played in other leagues," said Jeff Gooch, the Storm vice president of football operations. "We believe that they will have a positive impact on the team."

MORE FOOTBALL: Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo will not play again this season after being out for more than two months with a concussion. Calvillo, 41, is the Canadian Football League's career passing leader, and there is concern his 20-year career might be over.

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SOCCER

Mexico hires coach for stretch

Miguel Herrera was hired as Mexico's new coach for two playoff games next month against New Zealand, with the winning team advancing to next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Herrera replaces Victor Manuel Vucetich, who coached only two matches. The last was a 2-1 loss against Costa Rica.

Herrera is Mexico's fourth coach in just under two months. Federation officials said they will decide if Herrera continues after the matches.

"This is a crisis situation we are going through," said Justino Compean, president of the Mexican football federation. "Nobody planned for this, and nobody likes it."

Mexico got in the playoff when Panama gave up two stoppage-time goals in a 3-2 loss to the United States on Tuesday.

MARADONA'S DEBT: Italy's tax collection agency said it formally notified Argentine great Diego Maradona that it will begin procedures to freeze his assets in Italy to pay off his tax debt of $53 million. His debt stems from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli, 1984-91.

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ET CETERA

FIGURE SKATING: Japan's Tatsuki Machida won the Skate America short program in Detroit, outpacing Americans Jason Brown and Adam Rippon.

NBA: Bulls center Joakim Noah will be held out of all basketball-related activities for about a week in hopes that rest will clear up his lingering groin strain. ... Cavs center Andrew Bynum has been playing in 3-on-3 games and could begin practicing with his new team in the near future, coach Mike Brown said. Bynum did not play last season for the 76ers because of knee injuries and surgeries.

TENNIS: Top-ranked men's player Rafael Nadal pulled out of next week's Swiss Indoors because of fatigue. ... Tampa resident Sam Stosur faces doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Stosur beat Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-4, while Kuznetsova beat second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-3.

WNBA: Atlanta, which reached the Finals, will not renew the contract of general manager and coach Fred Williams. Williams, who was 29-26, will move to a consultant position.

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