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Dix, Harding named ACC athletes of year

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Florida State sprinter Walter Dix and Duke basketball player Lindsey Harding were named the Atlantic Coast Conference's athletes of the year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Dix won the Anthony J. McKelvin Award as the ACC's top male athlete, while Harding claimed the Mary Garber Award as the league's top female athlete after voting by 77 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Dix, the men's track athlete of the year in the ACC, won the 100 meters and 200 meters. He was part of the Seminoles' winning 4x100-meter relay team at this year's NCAA outdoor championships, becoming the first person to win national titles in all three events since John Carlos in 1969.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Craig Biggio feels he has nothing left to prove on a baseball field.

After a 20-year career in which he stayed with one franchise, played multiple positions at an All-Star level and joined the elite 3,000 hit club, the Houston Astros infielder said Tuesday he will retire at the end of this season.

"There are a lot of guys that have the game taken away from them by injury," he said. "For me to be able to walk away now, on top, on my own accord, I'm very happy with that. I'm in a good place. I think I've done everything that I was supposed to do on a baseball field. I have nothing to be disappointed about."

During a news conference in which he reminisced about his accomplished career, Biggio said his favorite baseball memory always will be from this June 28.

• Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will try to be there when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record, saying the San Francisco Giants star was "innocent until proven guilty."

"Throughout this season, I have watched Barry Bonds' pursuit of the home run record. Now that he is on the verge of tying the record, the time has come to announce that I will make every attempt to attend the record-setting moment," Selig said in a statement.

Selig will be in Cooperstown, N.Y., for Sunday's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies of Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Tarik Glenn, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, announced he will retire from the NFL because he no longer has the passion he once had for football.

The 31-year-old Glenn, a first-round draft pick out of California in 1997, started 154 regular-season games during his 10-year career. A steady blocker on the left side of the offensive line, he was a main reason quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked just 15 times last season and a league-low 176 times since Manning joined the team in 1998.

The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Glenn was second to 11-year veteran receiver Marvin Harrison in years of service with the Colts.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Mo Williams chose Brew City over Pat Riley and South Beach, signing a six-year, $51.5 million contract to remain with the Milwaukee Bucks.

It's another step forward for the Bucks, who held on to their starting point guard one day after reeling in free agent small forward Desmond Mason. These moves helped soften several weeks' worth of discouraging words coming from handlers of Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian, who was drafted by the Bucks at No. 6 but hasn't yet shown any willingness to sign.

As far as Williams is concerned, Milwaukee is the place to be.

• PRO TENNIS -- Carlos Moya eliminated defending Croatia Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2 in a first-round match.

Moya, the No. 6 seed and four-time tournament champion, reached his fourth straight quarterfinal round last week in Amersfoort, Netherlands, and is trying to build on his recent court success.

• AUTO RACING -- Dale Earnhardt Incorporated is absorbing Ginn Racing, making it a four-car team in time for this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The deal, set to be announced Wednesday morning, was confirmed to The Associated Press Tuesday night by a person familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because an official announcement had yet to be made.

DEI will immediately add the No. 01 Chevrolet, which is co-driven by Mark Martin and rookie Aric Almirola, and take the season points from Ginn's No. 14 team and apply it to DEI 's No. 15 entry of Paul Menard.

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