MOHAMMED HIRES AGENT: Nazr Mohammed, who said in declaring for the NBA draft that he was leaving the door open to return to Kentucky for his senior season, confirmed Friday that he will not be back.

Mohammed said he has hired an agent, which means he cannot return to college basketball. He did not identify the agent.DYE STEPS DOWN: Bobby Dye, the former Boise State University basketball coach who came out of retirement to coach professionally, resigned on Friday after coaching the Idaho Stampede through its inaugural season in the Continental Basketball Association.

NBA REF SENTENCED: Former NBA referee Michael F. Mathis was sentenced Friday to three years' probation after pleading guilty to filing a false and fraudulent income-tax return.

The 55-year-old Mathis, of Cincinnati, was also fined $2,000 and sentenced to 120 days home confinement.

Mathis was one of five NBA referees who pleaded guilty to charges resulting from the down-grading of airline tickets.

CHERYL MILLER ROBBED: Thieves ransacked the Phoenix apartment of Cheryl Miller, taking four championship basketball rings and other items while she was at practice with her WNBA team.

What's more, the thieves opened her refrigerator and drank three beers.

"So not only did they take my rings and my VCR and the remote, but they were toasting it up," Miller, the coach and general manager of the Phoenix Mercury, said Thursday.

The theft took place Wednesday and the losses were valued at about $9,000.

Miller lost four championship rings - the 1983 NCAA championship with Southern California, 1986 world championship, 1994 Pacific-10 championship as coach of USC and election to the Hall of Fame.