Sports briefs – July 2

Agent Zero’s search for a new number has taken a detour. Gilbert Arenas still wants to change his jersey, but he wants something other than No. 6.

Change of heart on change of number

WASHINGTON — Agent Zero’s search for a new number has taken a detour.

Gilbert Arenas still wants to change his jersey, but he wants something other than No. 6.

New Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis revealed the news Thursday in his blog, but gave no other details.

“He would like a different number than new number 6 — more as it develops,” Leonsis wrote.

Arenas has worn No. 0 since college, but the NBA said in March that he had filed paperwork ahead a league deadline to switch to No. 6 for the upcoming season. NBA spokeswoman Kristin Conte said Thursday that Arenas later amended his application to a different number, and that the league was OK with the change.

The number switch is part of an image overhaul for Arenas as he returns from a 50-game suspension and felony conviction for bringing guns into the locker room.

Neither Leonsis nor Conte would reveal the new number, and Leonsis warned against reading too much into Arenas’ change of heart, writing: “This isn’t the Da Vinci Code.”


Korea coach resigns

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s Huh Jung-moo says he is stepping down as coach of the national soccer team.

Huh, 55, told a news conference Friday he “would like to have an opportunity to recharge,” adding that it was time for other South Korean football coaches to be given a chance to lead the national team.

There was no immediate word on a successor.

South Korea finished second in its group and advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup in South Africa before a 2-1 loss to Uruguay.