It was a day for new starts for both Kenny Rogers and Larry Rothschild.
Rogers, a big bust with the New York Yankees, was traded Friday to the Oakland Athletics along with $5 million in a deal that eventually will bring third baseman Scott Brosius to New York.
Rothschild, the pitching coach who helped the Florida Marlins to the World Series title, jumped across the Everglades and became the first manager for the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
As teams completed their rosters before the Nov. 18 expansion draft, right-hander Ken Hill declined his $4.6 million option with the Anaheim Angels and chose to receive a $400,000 buyout; Cleveland exercised its $3.35 million option on right-hander Charles Nagy; Seattle declined its $2.9 million option on reliever Norm Charlton and gave the left-hander a $125,000 buyout; and St. Louis declined a $650,000 option on Scott Livingstone, choosing to pay a $100,000 buyout.
Also, right-hander Francisco Cordova and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a $4.1 million, three-year contract with a team option for 2001. And the Atlanta Braves said right-hander Mike Bielecki had refused to accept an outright assignment to the minors and elected to become a free agent.
HORSES: Some of the cream has been skimmed off by injuries and illness, but the 14th Breeders' Cup still is a rich mixture of equine talent and human story lines.
Sonny Hine and his wife, Carolyn, have put up $480,000 for Skip Away, the 4-year-old colt-pet they call Skippy, to run in the $4.4 million Breeders' Cup Classic today at Hollywood Park and maybe become Horse of the Year.
Trainer Pat Byrne, a 41-year-old native of London living in Louisville, Ky., is at his first Breeders' Cup with three starters -- Favorite Trick, unbeaten in seven starts, in the Juvenile; Countess Diana in the Juvenile Fillies, and Richter Scale in the Sprint.
All three are early favorites..
Only one trainer ever has won three Breeders' Cup races on a single day. That was D. Wayne Lukas,who did it in 1988 when he had a total of 12 starters. Lukas leads this year's Breeders' Cup trainers with eight starters in five races.
WRESTLING: A three-time Florida state champion wrestler collapsed and died during a pre-dawn workout at Campbell University. Billy Jack Saylor, 19, a native of Wellborn, Fla., who wrestled at 190 pounds for Campbell, collapsed while trying to lose weight for a weekend tournament in New York, officials said.
Chief Deputy Steve West of the Harnett County Sheriff's Department said Saylor, who also had trained Thursday night, began exercising again at 2 a.m. A 911 call came in at 4:10 a.m., and Saylor was pronounced dead about an hour later, said West.