Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chiefs TE Going to Heat Tryout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chiefs TE Going to Heat Tryout

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Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez plans to work out with the NBA's Miami Heat next month, but he isn't giving up football despite an inability to work out a new contract.

About 15 players are expected at the tryout camp, from which 12 will be chosen by Miami coach Pat Riley to attend a training camp in Orlando set to start July 9.

Gonzalez, a three-time All-Pro, is demanding to be paid as a wide receiver and not a tight end, which is one of the lowest-paid positions in the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder played college basketball at Cal.

"There's no way I'm going to give up football," Gonzalez said. "I'm also exploring the possibility of trying to play both sports and be the first person to do it."

YAO WON'T ATTEND DRAFT -- Yao Ming won't attend next week's NBA Draft due to training obligations for China's national team, but the Houston Rockets believe their likely No. 1 pick will be allowed to play in the league.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, the Chinese Basketball Association said Yao was expected to join the Chinese national team for a world championship qualifier in August and the Asian Games in October.

-- COLLEGES

BCS WANTS MARGIN OF VICTORY DROPPED -- Bowl Championship Series coordinator Mike Tranghese has informed the operators of the computer polls that make up one-fourth of the BCS formula that unless they eliminate the margin of victory element they will not be part of this year's rankings.

Of the four computer polls that include margin of victory, two have decided not to change and another already offers the formula with and without it as a factor. The fourth has yet to announce a decision.

AROUND THE NATION -- Arkansas hired Dave Van Horn, who led Nebraska to its first two College World Series appearances, to replace the retiring Norm DeBriyn as baseball coach. . . . Steve Orsini, a captain on Notre Dame's 1977 national champion football team, is the new athletic director at UCF.

-- TENNIS

HEWITT WITHDRAWS -- Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt withdrew from the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands. …

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