Paul Azinger

will not return as U.S. captain in the Ryder Cup after leading the Americans to their only victory this decade.

The PGA of America will announce the new captain on Thursday, with all indications that it will be Corey Pavin.

"It ain't gonna be me," Azinger told the Associated Press yesterday. "I am not the captain."

American players lobbied for Azinger to return as captain in 2010 when the Ryder Cup is played in Wales, and the former PGA champion was said to be considering it.

Azinger was coy last week at the Father-Son Championship when asked whether he would like to return. Jack Nicklaus in 1983 was the last American to be captain more than once, and the Americans have not had a captain repeat since Ben Hogan in 1949. Instead, Azinger deferred to the PGA of America.

"I don't want to jump the gun and try to get the message out ahead of when they want the message out," Azinger said last Thursday.

Sport Stops

* Four suspects have been arrested in the nearly 4-year-old killing of former Olympic cycling gold medalist Dmitry Nelyubin, the Russian prosecutor-general's office said. Nelyubin was a member of the four-man Soviet team that won the 4,000-meter pursuit at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He was stabbed to death before dawn on New Year's Day 2005 on a St. Petersburg street in Russia where he and friends were setting off fireworks.

* U.S. Open champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from next month's Hopman Cup as she continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

* Jan Kemp, the University of Georgia professor who was fired after publicly criticizing the university for allowing athletes who failed remedial classes to continue playing sports and stay in school, has died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. She was 59. Kemp's lawsuit to get reinstated led to sweeping reforms at UGA and helped lead to tougher academic standards for athletes nationwide.

Philly File

* Former Philadelphia Wings goaltender Dallas Eliuk announced his retirement. Eliuk played with the Wings from 1991-2005 before finishing his lacrosse career with Portland.

* The Kixx' Anthony Maher was selected NISL Player of the Week after scoring eight points in an 18-7 win over Massachusetts. *