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Riley says he's committed to coaching Heat

MIAMI -- Pat Riley vowed months ago to demand a bigger commitment from the Miami Heat this coming season.

And he didn't just mean from the players, either.

Riley said Monday that he plans to coach the Heat for the three remaining years on his contract, an announcement that ends months of speculation about his immediate future. He'll remain in the dual role of team president as well.

The 62-year-old Riley gave up coaching in 2003, then returned two years later -- when Stan Van Gundy stepped down in December 2005 -- and led Miami to the 2006 NBA title. But the Heat were swept out of this past season's playoffs by the Chicago Bulls, and Riley was noncommittal for months about whether he'd remain on the sideline.

The announcement means Riley will coach through the 2009-10 season -- matching the length of Shaquille O'Neal's contract with Miami. Dwyane Wade, the 2006 finals MVP, can also opt out of his contract following that season.

• LOCAL SWIMMING -- Alex Carr of Rock Hill finished third in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the YMCA National Swimming Championships.

Carr, who was also named a Scholastic All-American by U.S. swimming, placed with a time of 16:46.54.

Other area swimmers competing in the nationals and their events were: Danielle Alcorn (50 free), Katie Bayag (50 butterfly), Stephanie Bayag (50 and 100 backstroke), Ashley Ivey (50 and 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 100 breaststroke).

• HOLE IN ONE -- Mike Hauss of Rock Hill scored a hole in one at Rock Hill Country Club July 15, hitting a 7-iron on the 160-yard, par three second hole.

He played with Don Lanning, Ned Stafford and Herb Hamilton.

• MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-- Darryl Strawberry is having more legal trouble.

The government has filed a lawsuit against the troubled baseball star, seeking to collect nearly a half-million dollars in unpaid taxes.

He was sentenced to six months home confinement and ordered to repay $350,000 in taxes.

In all, with penalties and interest, the government said Strawberry owes $481,656.86 as of May 31.

• NFL -- Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's son pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges stemming from a road-rage dispute.

Britt Reid, 22, pleaded guilty to a string of pending charges -- including carrying a firearm without a license, a felony -- as his trial was to start, prosecutors said.

They will seek six to 14 months of jail time, while the defense will seek probation. A sentencing date has not been set.

• OLYMPIC BASKETBALL -- Kirk Hinrich joined Greg Oden and Shane Battier in pulling out of U.S. training camp Monday, removing what may have been one of the toughest roster decisions the team would have faced.

Seattle forward Nick Collison also was added to the squad, leaving the Americans with 16 players as they return to Las Vegas for practice starting Wednesday. The roster must be trimmed to 12 the day before the FIBA Americas tournament begins on Aug. 22.

Hinrich and Battier withdrew for personal reasons. Oden, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by Portland, had his tonsils out last month and opted not to take part in camp.

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