Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

Adu named to U.S. Under-20 national team

CHICAGO Fourteen-year-old Freddy Adu was chosen Wednesday to replace injured San Jose Earthquakes player Arturo Alvarez on the U.S. Under-20 men's national team when it competes in the FIFA World Youth Championship.

Coach Thomas Rongen said the team was disappointed to lose Alvarez, but it was clear he would not be fully recovered from a groin injury in time for the tournament Nov. 27-Dec. 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Adu, who is from Maryland, said earlier Wednesday he had signed a contract with Major League Soccer and will be eligible for the 2004 draft.

No. 1 Connecticut dispatches Nevada

STORRS, Conn. Ben Gordon scored a career-high 37 points and Emeka Okafor grabbed 14 rebounds Wednesday night to lead No. 1 Connecticut to a 93-79 victory over Nevada and into the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

Denham Brown had a career-high 22 points for the Huskies (2-0), who will play the winner of Thursday's Georgia Tech-Hofstra second-round game. The semifinals are in Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 26. Gordon was 12-of-20 from the field and hit all four of his 3-point attempts.

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