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Frustrated Arenas focusing on younger Wizards

Gilbert Arenas says he declined to talk Friday at the Wizards' media day because he didn't want to take attention from Washington's healthy players.

On Saturday he tried to mask his frustration at being back on the shelf after a third left knee operation in 1 1/2 years by working with the team's young players as they opened their training camp at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Arenas was fined $15,000 by the NBA for declining to make himself available on Friday. The All-Star point guard signed a six-year, $111 million contract in the offseason.

Coach Eddie Jordan said it was good to have Arenas around.

• The Charlotte Bobcats have added forwards Andre Brown and Marcus Williams and guard Donell Taylor to their training-camp roster.

The team also announced that LaSalle Thompson moved from strength and conditioning coach to a full-time assistant coach, and Dell Curry rejoined the team as director of player development.

Brown averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 33 games with Memphis last season. Taylor spent last season playing in Greece and Belgium. Williams was San Antonio's second-round pick last season, but was waived and later played with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The moves leave the Bobcats with 17 players as they report to camp Tuesday.

Michael Irr was hired to replace Thompson as strength and conditioning coach.

• SWIMMING -- Michael Phelps returned to the University of Michigan, his home for four years before the Beijing Games.

"It feels good to be back," he said. "It feels good to be back in the maize and blue."

The swimming superstar was honored with other Olympians with ties to the school before Saturday's football game against Wisconsin. He sported a Wolverines football jersey with his name and No. 8, representing the record-setting gold medals he won last month.

He has two tattoos -- Olympic rings and a block 'M' -- and says he chose the school's iconic symbol because Ann Arbor was the place where he experienced such firsts as washing dishes and doing laundry.

• WNBA -- Sophia Young hit a 14-foot turnaround shot at the buzzer to lift the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 67-66 win over the Los Angeles Sparks, and forced a deciding game 3 in the Western Conference Finals.

Young finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio.

Los Angeles rallied from a 14-point deficit to take a one-point lead with 1.3 seconds left on Delisha Milton-Jones' lay-in.

After a timeout, San Antonio took the ball at half court. Young grabbed the inbounds pass and hit the turnaround from the wing to keep the Silver Stars' playoff hopes alive.

The final game of the series will be played today.

Candace Parker led Los Angeles with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Lisa Leslie, who scored 22 points in game 1, had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Milton-Jones finished with 14 points.

• MLB -- Now, the Chicago Cubs won't start Carlos Zambrano in their regular-season finale today against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Instead, it will be Angel Guzman, a Sept. 1 call-up who has appeared in only five games -- all Cubs losses -- and has a 7.04 ERA in 7 2-3 innings.

The Brewers are tied with the Mets for the NL wild card. Zambrano was expected to pitch a couple of innings as a playoff tuneup, but the Cubs changed their minds and now Milwaukee won't have to face one of the top pitchers in the National League.

Instead, the Brewers get a right-hander who had surgery on his pitching elbow in the spring and missed most of the season.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano told team officials he'd rather throw a side session in the bullpen instead of working the first couple of innings. If Zambrano had started, he would have been pitching on three days' rest.

• Cleveland ace Cliff Lee was scratched from his scheduled start in today's regular-season finale against the Chicago White Sox because of a stiff neck.

It could prove to be a big break for the White Sox, who entered Saturday a half-game behind Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

• Tony La Russa intends to bat his pitcher eighth again next season, an unorthodox strategy that the St. Louis Cardinals' manager enthusiastically believes in.

La Russa's rationale: It gives him a second leadoff hitter in the ninth spot, and makes Albert Pujols, who bats third, a de facto cleanup hitter every time he hits after the first inning.

He'll take that scenario over the numerous times when the pitcher comes to the plate with two outs and runners in scoring position. On Friday night, Braden Looper came up with two on and one out in the fourth inning and struck out, and ninth-place hitter Jason LaRue grounded out to end the threat.

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