Originally created 01/22/05

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Baseball

Angels get to keep two-city moniker

Call Southern California's American League team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

A judge refused Friday to grant a preliminary injunction to Anaheim in its attempt to keep the Angels from adding Los Angeles to their name.

"In summary, the court feels that the city of Anaheim has failed to show a reasonable probability of prevailing on the merits (of its arguments at an upcoming trial)," Superior Court Judge Peter Polos said.

Polos told lawyers for the city that the stadium lease requires only that Anaheim be in the team's name. Earlier this month, Polos denied the city a temporary restraining order after Anaheim sued the Angels, claiming the name change wasn't permitted in the team's lease.

- With the chance to impress Carlos Delgado, Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks made an offer that got the attention of the free-agent first baseman.

"Tom Hicks said that he was going to come to Puerto Rico and give it his best shot," Delgado's agent, David Sloane, said in an e-mail. "He did all that and more."

Texas, competing with the New York Mets, Florida and Baltimore, made progress during the four-hour session in Puerto Rico.

- Augusta State, coming off its winningest season in school history, is picked to finish fourth in the Peach Belt Conference preseason poll.

The 11 head coaches picked North Florida first, Kennesaw State second and Columbus State third. USC Aiken was eighth.

Augusta State, 38-18 last season, finished with a No. 19 ranking in the nation. This year, the Jaguars are picked 14th in Collegiate Baseball magazine.

Golf

Association honors Skinner with award

LPGA golfer Val Skinner has been named as the winner as the Golf Writers Association of America's Charles Bartlett Award.

The award goes to a professional golfer for his or her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society.

Skinner will be honored, along with the other GWAA winners, at the group's Awards Dinner on April 6 in Augusta.

Skinner, who played on the LPGA Tour full time from 1983-2003 and won six times, has helped raise more than $2.5 million for breast cancer research.

Her LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer Pro-Am raised more than $500,000 in each of the past five years.

Last year, the Val Skinner Foundation teamed with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to travel around to college campuses for the On the Way to a Cure Program.

Soccer

U.S. strike ends before qualifier

The U.S. Soccer Federation ended its threat to use replacement minor leaguers in a World Cup qualifier next month, reaching an agreement Friday with the national team's union that calls for a pay increase in exchange for a no-strike pledge through 2005.

Players will be paid at the rate of the USSF's latest offer, which management calculates as a 38 percent increase over the contract that expired in December 2002, a figure the union disputes. Any increase in the next labor contract will be retroactive to January 2003.

Regular national team stars will now be brought in for the Feb. 9 game at Trinidad and Tobago, the first of 10 in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.

Skiing

Street leads latest class for U.S. hall

Olympic champion Picabo Street will be among four people inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame late this month.

Also selected were Donna Weinbrecht, Alan Engen, and Thor B. Groswold. The induction ceremony is scheduled Jan. 28.

Street, a 14-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, has won numerous championships, including World Cup downhill titles in 1994-95 and 1995-96. She won the downhill silver medal at the 1994 Olympics and the super giant slalom gold medal at the 1998 Winter Games.



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