Kobe Bryant said he plans to stay with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers even he if opts out of his contract this summer. Phil Jackson said his health will dictate whether he returns as coach. Bryant, 30, met with Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak for an individual exit interview Friday. The Finals MVP can terminate the last two years of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He's spent his entire 13-year career with the Lakers, winning four NBA championships. He could get a new, longer deal if he opted out, but he wouldn't necessarily make more money. Jackson, 63, said he'll decide about next season after he gets some health issues checked out. He has had pain and swelling in his lower legs caused by plantar fasciitis and has undergone two hip replacement operations since October 2006.
Mystics beaten by Dream, suffer first loss of season
Sancho Lyttle scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the host Atlanta Dream to a 93-81 victory and the Washington Mystics' first loss of the season. Chamique Holdsclaw, who was selected by the Mystics with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft, scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. Former Terp Crystal Langhorne had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Mystics. Washington is without rookie standout Marissa Coleman (Maryland), who is out four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Elsewhere: : Asjha Jones scored 17 points and had nine rebounds Friday and the host Connecticut Sun ended a two-game slide with a 91-61 win over the Chicago Sky, which was led in scoring by Kristi Toliver (Maryland), who scored 14.
Lynx: : Minnesota Lynx star Seimone Augustus, who is averaging 21 points, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
U.S. defeats Canada, 11-4, improves to 2-0 at World Cup
For the second straight day the United States started slow before posting a convincing win in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. The U.S. women trailed Canada 4-3 at the half, but rallied to win, 11-4, and improve to 2-0 in the tournament. Lindsey Munday led the Americans with three goals and three assists, and teammate Erica LaGrow also contributed a hat trick. U.S. defender Regina Oliver won Player of the Match honors for her effort in preserving the second-half shut out. The U.S., which was tied with England 6-6 at the half Thursday before pulling away from a 17-8 victory, will play Japan today.
Leaf surrenders in Texas; Kosar files for bankruptcy
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has surrendered to Texas authorities to face burglary and drug-related charges. Leaf's attorney, Bill Kelly, says Leaf turned himself in at the Randall County Jail in Canyon, where the former No. 2 pick was indicted in May after coaching quarterbacks at West Texas A&M; for three seasons. Kelly says Leaf posted $15,000 bail and headed back to Washington state. Leaf faces one count of burglary and eight drug-related counts associated with the painkiller Hydrocodone.
Kosar: : Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar, 45, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Miami. Kosar's Chapter 11 filing lists assets between $1 million and $10 million and liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million.
Patriots: : People.com is reporting Gisele Bundchen is pregnant. Citing two anonymous sources, the report says Tom Brady's wife is due early next year.
Homers in ninth send Texas to CWS finals against LSU
Connor Rowe hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, moments after Cameron Rupp tied it with a homer of his own as Texas came from behind to beat Arizona State, 4-3, at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Rowe sent a shot into the left-field seats, then sprinted around the bases with his helmet raised in his right hand as his celebrating teammates waited at home plate to greet him. Two batters earlier, Rupp homered over the 22-foot wall in straightaway center field to tie it. Texas advanced to the CWS best-of-three finals starting Monday against LSU, which eliminated Arkansas, 14-5.
Vickers wins another pole with big run at Sonoma
Brian Vickers has won his second consecutive pole with a strong run through the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Vickers posted a lap of 93.678 mph in a Toyota to win his fourth pole of the season. He also won the pole last weekend at Michigan, where he finished ninth. He edged defending race winner Kyle Busch, who ran a lap at 93.415 mph to qualify second.
More NASCAR: : Jeremy Mayfield's next chance to have his indefinite drug suspension lifted will be at a July 1 hearing in federal court. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen has added Mayfield's preliminary injunction request to his calendar.
NHL: : Five-time All-Star forward Keith Tkachuk, 37, who helped lead St. Louis to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, will be back with the Blues next season, the team announced.
Soccer: : FIFA president Sepp Blatter renewed his call for Major League Soccer to adopt an August-May schedule, saying it will struggle to persuade more star players to follow David Beckham to the United States unless it matches its season to those in Europe.
Golf: : Ravens tight end Todd Heap and former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden are listed at odds of 100-1 and 200-1, respectively, to win the American Century Championship celebrity tournament set for July 17-19 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, Nev. The favorite is defending champion Rick Rhoden (9-5).
College field hockey: : Towson named Meredith Long assistant coach, the same position she held the past three seasons at Vermont.
College tennis: : John Roddick, the brother of former U.S. Open winner Andy Roddick, has been hired as men's coach at Oklahoma.
- From Sun staff and news services