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Spurs' Smith retiring

Steve Smith is retiring after a 14-year NBA career that included a title with San Antonio. He was to make the announcement today in East Lansing, Mich., on the campus where he starred for Michigan State.

The 36-year-old Smith was the fifth pick in the 1991 draft and averaged 14.3 points in the NBA. Besides the Spurs, Smith played for Miami, Atlanta Hawks, Portland , New Orleans and Charlotte. He won an Olympic gold medal in 2000 and an NBA ring in 2003 with the Spurs.

Smith, born in Detroit, is second on Michigan State's career scoring list. He was to announce his retirement at the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, named for his mother.

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A night of heavyweights

Dominick Guinn figures he has nothing to lose Saturday night against IBA champion James Toney in a heavyweight fight that will likely determine his future in the division.

"It's do or die for me," Guinn said. "Either kill me or be killed, that's how I'm looking at it."

Guinn has only one win in his last four fights, and his once promising career seems stuck. But he gets a chance to revive it against Toney, who is fighting for the first time since beating John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title and then being stripped of it for testing positive for steroids.

The fight, which is on Showtime, shares the card at the Reno Events Center in Nevada with Chris Byrd's IBF heavyweight title defense against DaVarryl Williamson.

Dan Goossen, Toney's promoter, said Toney and Byrd appear to be on a collision course.

"I believe between these two guys, Byrd and Toney, they are are going to be the heavyweights to be reckoned with," Goossen said.

Also Saturday night, Antonio Tarver will defend his IBO light heavyweight title against Roy Jones Jr. at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. The fight is on pay-per-view.

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Strawberry files false report

Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry was charged with filing a false police report after making up a story alleging that his SUV had been stolen, Delray Beach, Fla., police said.

Strawberry reported his rented Nissan Murano stolen Sept. 17, saying it disappeared from outside a gas station while he was inside buying cigarettes.

But investigators who watched a gas station surveillance video saw him drive off in a different car than the one he reported stolen, police spokesman Jeff Messer said.

An anonymous caller later told police that Strawberry's SUV was behind a sports bar in Lake Worth, about 15 miles away. Police found the SUV there with no damage and with Strawberry's wallet inside, Messer said.

Strawberry, 43, admitted to police Wednesday that he lied in the original report. He was not arrested because the charge, filing a false police report, is a misdemeanor.

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Colorado State soars

Kyle Bell was one of many stars on offense for the Colorado State football team, rushing for a career-high 197 yards and three scores in a 41-23 victory over Air Force.

Bell, a sophomore who earned the starting job when Nnamdi Ohaeri was lost in the season opener, added this to a 183-yard game last week and became the first Colorado State player to record back-to-back 100-yard games since 2002.

He was a standout on a night full of big performances for the Rams (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West), who won their second straight and handed the Falcons (2-3, 1-2) their third straight loss.

David Anderson stayed on pace to become the most productive receiver in school history, catching seven passes for 105 yards and two scores in his 12th career 100-yard game.

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Around & about

* Defending champion Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. Federer beat qualifier Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 6-2, in just over an hour, while Hewitt saved four match points to beat American Justin Gimelstob, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (9), in 2 hours, 15 minutes. Federer extended his winning streak to a career-best 28 matches.

* The United States will host Romania in the first round of the 2006 Davis Cup. The U.S. team will get to pick the site and surface for its Feb. 10-12 World Group series.

* It's a girl for Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone. The 42-year-old retired rider gave birth to Lorelei Judith Krone on Tuesday at a San Diego-area hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

Compiled from wire service reports.

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