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Heat star Wade talks
of playing for Knicks
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade mentioned the New York Knicks as a possible destination when he hits free agency in summer 2010.
New Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni worked with Wade as an assistant coach on the Olympic basketball team, and the Heat star said he would be interested in playing for the offensive-minded coach.
“I mean, I love offense. Why wouldn’t I? I love him,” Wade told Newsday during a promotional tour in New York. “When we’re in practice, I love (Portland Trail Blazers coach) Nate McMillan, but I want to be on Mike D’Antoni’s team because Nate is preaching all defense, and Mike is preaching all offense.”
Also: Asjha Jones scored 16 points, and the Connecticut Sun forced a decisive Game 3 against the New York Liberty with a 73-70 victory in the WNBA playoffs in Uncasville, Conn.
Crystal Kelly had 19 points to lead the Sacramento Monarchs over the host San Antonio Silver Stars 84-67 to even their WNBA Western Conference series at 1.
Northern State’s Don Meyer, tops on the NCAA win list among active men’s basketball coaches, had his left leg amputated below the knee after a Sept. 5 car accident in Aberdeen, S.D.
Meyer, 63, is second on the NCAA’s all-time victory list (891) in men’s basketball behind Bobby Knight.


Women’s golf second
in New Mexico tourney
The UNLV women’s golf team, behind a runner-up individual effort from Natasha Krishna, finished third in the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Rebels, sixth entering the third round, shot a 1-under 291 that was bettered only by tournament winner New Mexico’s 287.
The Lobos finished with a 4-under 872 total, with Pepperdine four shots back in second and UNLV third at 889.
Krishna shot 3-under 70 to finish at 5-under 214, one stroke behind medalist Jodi Ewart, who shot 72 for New Mexico.
Therese Koelbaek shot 73 for UNLV to tie for 10th at 2-over 221.
Also: The UNLV volleyball team swept two matches, beating Southern Methodist 25-21, 25-23, 25-18, then rolling past Georgia State 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 in the Denver Invitational.
Against SMU, Jessica Walters had 15 kills for the Rebels (7-6), and Melody Nua had 28 assists. In the Georgia State match, Nua had 15 assists, and Cursty Jackson had nine kills.


Browns to play minus
lineman Steinbach
Cleveland Browns guard Eric Steinbach didn’t make the trip to Baltimore because of a shoulder injury and won’t play today against the Ravens.
Steinbach missed practice all week and was downgraded from questionable to out on Saturday, when the Browns flew to Maryland.
Steinbach’s loss is another blow to Cleveland’s offense, which has produced just one touchdown in eight quarters after scoring 402 points last season. The six-year veteran has missed just one start in 81 career NFL games.


Turnesa retains lead
in PGA Tour event
Will MacKenzie lost three strokes — two for a rules infraction — on the final hole to give the lead back to Mark Turnesa at the PGA Tour’s Viking Classic in Madison, Miss.
MacKenzie’s 8 on the par-5 18th left him tied for second with Brian Gay, two strokes behind Turnesa. MacKenzie was penalized for moving impediments in the hazard while his ball was also in the hazard.
Turnesa, a rookie, shot 6-under 66 for a 17-under 199 total. MacKenzie and Gay had 67s.
Also: Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their fourth straight and unprecedented fifth overall AVP Crocs Tour Manhattan Beach Open, beating Jen Boss and April Ross 21-18, 21-16 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
May-Treanor and Walsh also clinched the AVP Crocs Cup, the seasonlong championship, and pocketed $100,000 for the win, the largest check in beach volleyball history.
Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina cruised into the final of the Pan Pacific Open with straight-set victories in Tokyo.
Seventh-ranked Kuznetsova defeated Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik 7-6 (5), 6-2, and No. 5 Safina routed compatriot Nadia Petrova, 6-1, 6-0.
Levi Leipheimer won the 20th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, trimming Astana teammate Alberto Contador’s overall lead with one day remaining.
Leipheimer finished the 10.5-mile time trial up the difficult Alto de Navacerrada climb in 33 minutes, 6 seconds. Contador was second, 31 seconds slower, and leads the American by 46 seconds.

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