Originally created 02/13/01

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Pitchers Kevin Millwood and Antonio Osuna took their salary cases before arbitrators Monday, while Steve Parris and Mike James agreed to contracts.

Millwood, 10-13 with a 4.66 ERA for Atlanta last season after going 18-7 in 1999, asked arbitrators Richard Bloch, Stephen Goldberg and Alan Symonette for a raise from $420,000 to $3.9 million. Atlanta countered at $3.1 million.

Osuna, 3-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Los Angeles, asked arbitrators for a raise from $971,045 to $1.85 million. The Dodgers offered Osuna $1.3 million.

Decisions on both cases are expected today.

COLLEGE BASEBALL:

USC Aiken's Pacers (4-1) squeezed into Collegiate Baseball's Division II Top 25 rankings Monday at No. 25, one of six Peach Belt Athletic Conference teams in the national poll.

Tops among the Peach Belt teams is Kennesaw State at No. 3 behind top-ranked Southeast Oklahoma and Tampa.

Columbus State is ranked sixth, followed by North Florida at No. 9, Georgia College and State University at No. 11 and Armstrong State at No. 20.

On the Division I level, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia are among the Top 25 in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America rankings.

Georgia Tech, which lost to Rice over the weekend, remains No. 1 in Baseball America's poll but dropped to No. 2 behind Rice in the Collegiate Baseball rankings.

Clemson is No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 13 in Baseball America. Other rankings: South Carolina No. 9 and No. 7 and Georgia No. 16 and No. 17.

BOXING:

Mike Tyson said Monday he's ready to fight heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis this summer, telling his manager to start negotiations as soon as possible for a fight that could be the richest ever.

The fight still faces huge hurdles before it could be made, but Tyson, who turns 35 on June 30, and Lewis are now both on the record as saying they want to fight sometime this year.

The fight could surpass the second Tyson-Evander Holyfield fight as the richest ever, with revenues of more than $100 million and purses of $30 million for each fighter. But, despite the willingness of both fighters to meet, it is still a long way from reality.

Lewis is under contract to HBO, while Tyson has a contract with Showtime, and unless the cable channels can come to an agreement there will be no fight.

VOLLEYBALL:

The Medical College of Georgia Sport Medicine men's team won the Volleyball Atlanta tournament over the weekend - the fourth consecutive tournament victory for the locals.

Members of the team are Joey Tobias, Jon Slagle, Bo Lewis, Jimmy Rogers, Rob Pruitt, Byron Davis, Jim Rush and Buz Thompson.

TV RATINGS:

NBC's ratings for the NBA All-Star game are headed for a record low, while NASCAR's debut on Fox was a runaway winner.

The East's 111-110 win Sunday night got a 6.9 overnight rating and an 11 share, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. That was down 17 percent from the 8.3 overnight rating and 13 share for last year's game, which the West won 137-126.

Sunday's Bud Shootout on Fox got a 4.2/10 overnight rating, up 17 percent from last year when it got a 3.6/9 on CBS. The Shootout was among the first events of the weeklong buildup to the Daytona 500, the first event of NASCAR's Winston Cup season.

The NBA's national rating, to be released today, figures to be even lower. Last year's game finished with a 6.9 national rating and 12 share, down 35 percent from the previous All-Star game, which got a 10.6/17 in 1998. (There was no All-Star game in 1999 because of an owners' lockout).

Before last year, the low national rating for an All-Star game was 7.8 for CBS in 1979 and for NBC in 1991.

Overnight ratings are based on 49 major markets.

PRO BASKETBALL:

The Vancouver Grizzlies can shop around for a new home.

The Grizzlies, who will lose at least $40 million this year, were given permission by NBA commissioner David Stern to explore moving to another city next season.

St. Louis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Nashville, Tenn., have been mentioned as possible destinations for the team, which has struggled on the court and at the box office.

Owner Michael Heisley, a Chicago businessman who paid $160 million to buy the Grizzlies in 1999, met with Stern and deputy commissioner Russ Granik on Monday at a Washington hotel to discuss the team's future.

If the team wants to move by the start of next season, it would have to submit an application to the NBA by March 1.