Ore. hoops player wins national award

LOS ANGELES - Basketball players Kevin Love, who will attend UCLA, and Connecticut recruit Maya Moore were honored as national high school athletes of the year Wednesday.

They are the second consecutive basketball players to win, joining last year's honorees Greg Oden of Ohio State and Tina Charles of Connecticut. In 2004, basketball players Dwight Howard and Candace Parker won.

Love averaged 33.6 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks last season, helping Lake Oswego, Ore., High to its third consecutive state title game appearance.

Moore led Collins Hill High in Suwanee, Ga., to an undefeated season and its third consecutive Georgia Class 5A state championship. The 6-foot senior helped the team compile a 125-3 record as a four-year varsity starter.

The awards are sponsored by Gatorade.


n U.S. Open payday gets bigger: The men's and women's singles champions will get a record $1.4 million apiece at this year's U.S. Open and the total prize money will top $19 million for the first time.

The overall payout of $19.6 million is $1 million more than in 2006, the largest single-year jump in U.S. Open history, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday. The paychecks for last year's singles champions were $1.2 million.


n 18 picked for women's World Cup: Kristine Lilly was among 18 players picked by coach Greg Ryan on Wednesday to play for the U.S. in the women's soccer World Cup..

When the Cup begins in China in two months, Lilly, the 35-year-old team captain, will be participating for a record fifth time. She will be joined by Briana Scurry in goal; defenders Kate Markgraf, Christie Rampone and Cat Whitehill; midfielders Shannon Boxx and Aly Wagner; and forward Abby Wambach - all veterans of previous World Cups.

The rookies are goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Hope Solo; defenders Tina Ellertson and Stephanie Lopez; midfielders Lori Chalupny, Marci Jobson, Carli Lloyd and Leslie Osborne; and forwards Heather O'Reilly and Lindsay Tarpley.

Ryan expects to make the final three selections to fill out the 21-player roster in the next few weeks. The Women's World Cup will be held in five Chinese cities from Sept. 10-30. The U.S. opens the tournament against North Korea on Sept. 11 in Chengdu.

n U.S. tops Uruguay in overtime: Michael Bradley scored in the 107th minute, and the United States rallied past Uruguay 2-1 Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Toronto. The U.S., seeking its first title, plays Saturday against Austria.

Auto racing

n NASCAR driver, team member suspended: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson, a crew member, were suspended indefinitely Wednesday from NASCAR competition after being arrested over the weekend on drug charges.


n Ex-Red Wings coach dies: Former Detroit Red Wings coach Jimmy Skinner, who led a team starring Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay to the Stanley Cup in 1955, died Wednesday. He was 90.