Todd Hays'

brain injury could heal within three months and without surgery, an outstanding prognosis for the U.S. Olympic bobsled veteran who dropped his bid to make the Vancouver Games and retired after learning the extent of damage he suffered in a training crash last week.

Hays, 40, a three-time Olympian and 2002 silver medalist from Del Rio, Texas, retired Monday after being told his injury was worse than the preliminary concussion diagnosis. He crashed in a World Cup training run last Wednesday in Germany.

AUTO RACING: Mercedes chief executive Nick Fry said he hoped Michael Schumacher would return to Formula One and drive for the German team next season. German media reported last weekend that a deal had been struck to bring the country's seven-time champion back to F1 with Mercedes; Fry would not elaborate on that report.

SAILING: A New York appeals court unanimously upheld a lower court's order that Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, does not qualify to host the America's Cup under a 19th-century agreement.

The ruling means that Valencia, Spain, will serve as the host when the Cup is contested in February between challenger BMW Oracle of San Francisco and two-time champion Alinghi of Switzerland.

BASKETBALL: The United States will face Iran next year at the world basketball championship in Turkey. The teams were drawn into Group B along with Croatia, Brazil, Tunisia and Slovenia. The tournament will be played from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12.

Spain is the defending champion and Argentina is now the top-ranked team in the world, but the United States won the Olympic gold medal last year in Beijing.

SOCCER: European soccer's governing body suspended top referee Anton Genov of Bulgaria while it investigates him for allegedly helping to fix an international match in a betting coup.

UEFA said there were "obvious irregular betting patterns" during a Nov. 14 exhibition between Macedonia and Canada.

COLLEGES: A Cal State Long Beach baseball player who disappeared over the weekend has been found dead in a creek.

Fullerton Police Lt. Alex Bastreri said a search-and-rescue team found James Wernke about 10 a.m. yesterday in a rain-swollen creek near where he was last seen walking his girlfriend's dog. Bastreri said rescuers assumed that Wernke, 21, fell into the creek bed. There were no immediate signs of trauma.

JURISPRUDENCE: An Illinois insurance executive pleaded guilty to secretly shooting nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.

Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty to interstate stalking in Los Angeles.

Andrews attended the hearing with her father and attorney.

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real allowed Barrett, of Westmont, Ill., to remain free pending sentencing on Feb. 22.

- Staff and wire reports