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July 29, 2003 at 7:39 AM
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Reds clean house

CINCINNATI, July 29 (UPI) -- The struggling Cincinnati Reds have named Dave Miley interim manager, replacing fired manager Bob Boone.

The Reds also let go General Manager Jim Bowden, hitting coach Tom Robson and third base coach Tim Foli.

The Reds have 46 wins against 58 losses, with eight of those since the All-Star break.

They have fallen into fifth place in the National League Central, 10 games behind first-place Houston.

Miley is a 23-year veteran of the Reds organization who currently serves as manager at Class AAA Louisville of the International League. He joins the team Tuesday.

Bench coach Ray Knight managed the Reds in Monday's 6-5 win against the Philadelphia Phillies and will take over as hitting coach and third base coach on Tuesday.

"The moves were certainly performance based. We didn't

expect to be in the World Series but we didn't expect to be 10 games out, either," Reds chief operating officer John Allen said.

Carter in for Bryant on USA National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col., July 29 (UPI) -- Toronto Raptors swingman Vince Carter was named to the U.S. Senior National Team Monday, replacing Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who underwent shoulder surgery June 12 in New York, was charged with felony sexual assault on July 18 by the Eagle County, Col., District Attorney's Office. A hearing in the case has been scheduled for August 6.

Carter will be with the team for the 2003 FIBA America Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament from August 20-31 at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The United States needs to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics after a disappointing sixth-place showing at the 2002 World Basketball Championships.

The 24-year-old Bryant will retain his roster spot for the Olympics if the United States qualifies.

Carter averaged 14.8 points per game to lead the United States to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The 6-6, 26-year-old Carter has averaged 24.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 310 career games with the Raptors. Carter was hampered by a knee injury last season and played just 43 games, averaging 20.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Garcia-Mickelson defeat Woods-Els

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Sergio Garcia's 20-foot eagle putt on the 16th Monday gave him and teammate Phil Mickelson victory over Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in the Battle of the Bridges.

After Els hit his second shot into the water on the par-5, 571-yard 16th, Mickelson and Garcia hit their second shots onto the green.

Woods put his second shot into a greenside bunker but got his sand shot onto the green. Mickelson missed his eagle attempt, setting up Garcia's pivotal putt.

The teams had halved the previous seven holes but Garcia's eagle put his team two holes ahead with two to play.

Mickelson was conceded his short birdie putt on the 17th hole to close out the match 3 and 1 after Woods and Els missed their birdie attempts.

Garcia and Mickelson finished their 17 holes 10-under par while Woods and Els finished 7-under par.

Garcia and Mickelson each earned $600,000 with their win and each will donate $100,000 to a designated charity. Woods and Els earned $250,000 each and will give $50,000 to their favorite charity.

Ailing Williams sisters miss Acura Classic

SAN DIEGO, July 29 (UPI) -- For the first time in four years, no Williams sister will hoist the Acura Tennis Classic trophy.

World No. 1 Serena Williams pulled out of the $1 million hardcourt event Monday night with a sore left knee. She had replaced older sister and three-time defending champion Venus in the draw because Venus is recovering from an abdominal tear.

Serena Williams underwent an MRI earlier Monday, which revealed a strained left quadriceps muscle that was causing her persistent pain in the knee.

Three weeks ago, Serena Williams defeated Venus to defend her Wimbledon singles title and earn her fifth Grand Slam in the last six.

But the 21-year-old, who has reigned as the top-ranked player for 56 consecutive weeks, will be missing her second consecutive event, following her withdrawal from the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford last week. She is tentatively slated to play in Los Angeles next week.

Williams' top-seeded spot will be taken by Meilen Tu of the United States.

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