Sports Newsbits for June 30,2013

PINAYS ADVANCE

Abegail Arevalo wavered coming home and faltered with a two-over 73, settling for the No. 3 spot in the knockout phase of the Future Champions Golf World Match Play at the St. Mark's Golf Club in San Marcos, California Friday. Arevalo, one of the new young members of Team ICTSI, hit three birdies against five bogeys, including two on the last three holes to finish the 18-hole stroke play elims with a 36-37 card at the par-71 layout. The 14-year-old La Salle-Zobel student ended up tied with Alyaa Abdulghanny but wound up at No. 3 with Thai bet Pitsinee Winyarat taking the top spot with a one-over 72. Sofia Chabon, the other ICTSI-backed bet, struggled with a 77 for joint fifth with Cara Barker with Wave Whiston taking the No. 4 spot with a 74.

CELTS REBUILDING

BOSTON (AP) - Letting coach Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers was the first sign, and getting rid of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett confirmed it _ the Boston Celtics are rebuilding. The Celtics have agreed to the terms of a deal that would send the two remaining members of the Big Three that won the 2008 NBA title to the Brooklyn Nets for a package of draft picks and players. Garnett is a future Hall of Famer, but it's Pierce's departure that signals the end of an era for the league's most-decorated franchise. "It's sad to see everybody leave Boston. You just want them to go someplace where they have a chance to win, and they have," Rivers said.

RORY STRUGGLES

MAYNOOTH, Ireland (AFP) - World number two Rory McIlroy's troubles with his driver continued as he failed to make the cut in the Irish Open at Carton House on Friday. McIlroy continues to struggle with the driver, revealing he will meet Nike technical staff again next week before the British Open at Muirfield. The 24-year posted a second round 72 for a two-over par tally to miss the cut by two shots in windy and overcast conditions. In 43 stroke-play rounds this year on either the European or PGA Tours, McIlroy has only managed to break 70 on 11 occasions. "I am spending more time with Nike's technical staff as this was a new driver I had in the bag this week but it still wasn't 100% what I want," he said.

ALLEN RETURNS

MIAMI (AP) - Ray Allen is returning to the Miami Heat next season. Allen exercised his $3.2 million player option Friday, barely a week after the Heat finished off the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals in seven games. Allen made one of the biggest shots in Heat history, a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in Game 6 of the finals to tie the game and force an overtime where Miami ultimately prevailed. Allen turns 38 next month, yet still played in 102 games during the regular season and playoffs for Miami. That was the most appearances by any player in the league this past season. Teammates, coaches and the Heat front office all made it clear to Allen that he was wanted back for next season.

BOXERS' STINT

Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar spearheads a five-man team to the Asian Elite Boxing Championships scheduled July 1 to 9 in Amman, Jordan. Joining Saludar, who fights in the flyweight class, are Junel Cantancio, Rogen Ladon, Mario Fernandez and Joel Bacho. Former national team mainstay Pat Gaspi will be the head coach and will be assisted by Roel Velasco, Ronald Chavez and Elias Recaido. Head coach Pat Gaspi described the team as a combination of youth experience. The event is part of the boxers preparation for the 27th Southeast Asian Games slated in December in Myanmar. - Clyde Mariano