Originally created 11/20/02



Colorado sends Walker to Arizona

The Colorado Rockies put together their second big trade within a week, agreeing Tuesday to a tentative deal that would send Larry Walker to Arizona in a five-player trade in which the Diamondbacks would give up Matt Williams.

Arizona also would send first baseman Erubiel Durazo, outfielder David Dellucci and reliever Bret Prinz to Colorado for the 1997 NL MVP.

For the deal to be completed, Walker and Williams must waive no-trade clauses. Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colan-gelo said the teams were granted a 72-hour window Tuesday to complete the deal.

"I met with Matt this morning. I'm going to speak with Larry tonight," Colangelo said after arriving at the baseball owners' meetings. "Colorado is going to meet with Matt tomorrow in Phoenix."

The Rockies already have traded Mike Hampton and his big contract to Florida, with the Marlins subsequently dealing the left-hander to Atlanta.

  • Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has accepted a one-year contract to return as manager of the Montreal Expos.
  • The 67-year-old Robinson guided the Expos to a second-place finish in the NL East last season. The Expos were 83-79, a 15-victory improvement over 2001, and the team's best finish since 1996.

    The announcement was made by Expos vice president Omar Minaya on Tuesday as baseball owners meet in Dallas amid speculation they will approve the Expos playing some games in Puerto Rico next season.

    Robinson, who became the Expos' 11th manager on Feb. 12, finished third in the NL Manager of the Year voting, behind St. Louis' Tony La Russa and Atlanta's Bobby Cox.

  • Former major league All-Star Joey Cora was hired Tuesday to manage Montreal's Class-A Savannah affiliate.
  • Cora, 37, managed the New York Mets' rookie team in Kingsport, Tenn., last season. He spent 11 years in the majors, playing for the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians.

    He had his best year in 1997 with the Mariners, making the American League All-Star team and batting .300 with 11 homers and 54 RBI.


    Japan, U.S. women to play Jan. 12

    The U.S. women's national soccer team will open its 2003 schedule against Japan on Jan. 12 in preparations for the World Cup in China.

    The women will play their first full international game in Torero Stadium. The team's training base is located near San Diego in Chula Vista.

    The Americans then will travel to China for a late-January tournament. The Women's World Cup is in the fall of 2003.

    College football

    Gators lineman injured in practice

    Florida offensive lineman Bobby Williams was hit in the head at practice Tuesday and taken by ambulance to a hospital.

    Coach Ron Zook said Williams had numbness in his limbs in the moments after the hit, but had all feeling back a few minutes later.

    "We're being very, very cautious," Zook said.

    He said Williams was expected to spend the night in the hospital for observation.

    Williams was down on the field for about 15 minutes before being tied to a stretcher and placed in an ambulance.

  • Newberry has fired its entire football staff Tuesday after the team finished up a 1-10 season.
  • Athletic director Andy Carter said the school is moving in a "different direction" and will be seeking a new coach to make a "fresh start."

    Mike Taylor was 47-73 in 11 seasons. During his tenure, Newberry returned to the NCAA as a Division II school and rejoined the South Atlantic Conference. Newberry's lone win this year came against North Greenville.

    Taylor is a 1976 graduate of Newberry and played baseball and football for the Indians.

    The school will begin searching for a new coach immediately, Carter said.


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