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Red Sox hire Little as manager

| Tuesday, March 12, 2002

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Cleveland bench coach Grady Little was hired Monday as manager of the Boston Red Sox, joining a team with new owners eager to win the franchise's first World Series title since 1918.

Little replaced interim manager Mike Cubbage , who took over when Joe Kerrigan was fired March 5.

"I do consider myself a lucky man to be able to manage in the major leagues," Little said when introduced at a midday news conference.

Little, 52, managed 16 years in the minor leagues for Baltimore, Toronto and Atlanta and was selected manager of the year four times.

  • San Francisco pitcher Jason Schmidt was scratched from his first start of spring training because of tightness in his right groin. Schmidt was warming up in the bullpen to face the Chicago Cubs when he had trouble getting loose. The Giants said the problem has been bothering him for a bit.

  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brian Bohanon had arthroscopic surgery yesterday to repair a fractured bone spur in his left elbow. Bohanon was to return to training camp today and could begin throwing in two weeks.


    Kentucky guard Gerald Fitch did not play during a first-round loss in the Southeastern Conference tournament because of a curfew violation. Following Kentucky's 70-57 loss to South Carolina on Friday, coach Tubby Smith said it was simply a coach's decision not to play Fitch, the team's most consistent player until disciplinary problems kept him out of three late-season games.

  • Steve Robinson was fired yesterday after coaching Florida State to four straight losing seasons — and one big upset victory. Robinson was 64-86 in five years at Florida State, but just 46-72 over the last four seasons and 25-55 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Indiana (Pa.) University will face Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight men's tournament at 1 p.m. March 20 in Evansville, Ind. The Indians advanced after outlasting Salem International 85-81 in the East Region championship game Saturday. The national championship game March 23 will be televised on CBS.

  • Gannon University women's coach Jodi Kest , who guided the Golden Knights to their third consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearance this season, resigned, citing a need to pursue other opportunities. Kest is the program's all-time winningest coach with a six-year record of 105-64. Gannon posted a 20-8 record, including an 11-6 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, this season. It also marked the third consecutive 20-win season for the Golden Knights.

  • It didn't take the Chicago Bulls long to decide they wanted to keep Bill Cartwright . Cartwright and the Bulls agreed on a three-year contract that will make him the team's coach through the 2004-05 season, a team source who spoke on condition of anonymity said yesterday. The Bulls declined comment until a late afternoon news conference.


    It would take a surprise, last-round knockout to keep Mike Tyson from getting a boxing license in Washington. The judges' scorecards are already well in his favor going into today's public hearing. While there's sure to be plenty of passion on both sides, the hearing by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission is approaching mere formality.


    George Dyer , in his eighth season as a Denver Broncos assistant, was made assistant head coach yesterday. To replace Dyer, the Broncos hired Jacob Burney as defensive line coach. In addition, Keith Millard has been hired as assistant defensive line coach-pass rush specialist.

  • The Buffalo Bills agreed to a contract with former Tampa Bay tight end Dave Moore , the Bills said. Moore caught 35 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns last season.

  • Free agent safety Blaine Bishop visited the Philadelphia Eagles, and was expected to stay in town overnight. Bishop, who has spent his entire nine-year career with the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers, would fill the void created at strong safety when the Eagles declined to make Damon Moore a qualifying offer.

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Ohio University assistant Mike Sullivan as defensive quality control coach.

  • The Miami Dolphins continued to upgrade their offense, signing guard Leon Searcy to a one-year contract. The team also signed wide receiver Dedric Ward to a two-year contract extension.

  • Edinboro University announced it has signed 16 football players to letters of intent, including linebacker Tyke Ciorra of Riverview, free safety Darnell Barnes of Washington, cornerback Joe Webb of Ringgold, nose guard Wade Vogan of Sharon and defensive lineman Damien Crissey of Bedford. The others are cornerback Chris Avery of Berea, Ohio; linebackers Ben Drake and Ben Stroup of Columbus, Ohio, and Dave Jazenski of Erie Iroquois; tight end Aaron Fetty of Franklin; quarterbacks Brandon Hunt of Hornell, N.Y., and B.J. Quigley of Lake Braddock, Va.; offensive linemen Chris Kaczor of Berea, Ohio, Jamil Smith of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Mike Mills of Girard, Ohio; and running back Gabe Manella of Columbus, Ohio.

  • Westminster (Pa.) College released a 10-game football schedule for next season, leading off with a home date against NAIA Walsh on Sept. 8, and followed by a trip to NCAA Division II Mansfield on Sept. 21. Westminster will be classified as a full member of NCAA Division III, making the Titans eligible for the PAC title and Division III playoffs for the first time since leaving Division II at the conclusion of the 1999 season.


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    Pitt signed three non-scholarship walk-ons to play women's soccer. Included are defender Shannon Strayer , who helped Upper St. Clair to four consecutive WPIAL section titles, and forward/midfielder Rachel Petersen of Johnstown Westmont Hilltop. The other signee is forward Jennifer DeLalroz of Amawalk, N.Y.

  • St. Francis (Pa.) University signed six women's players to letters of intent. They are goalkeeper Kelly Boyle of Ferndale, and forwards Lea Brady of Holbrook, N.Y.; Kelly Carlsen of Allen, Texas; Joanna Erano of Mechanicsville, N.Y.; Meghan Pearson of Stony Point, N.Y.; and Shelly Sullivan of Bowie, Md.


    Lleyton Hewitt , ranked No. 1 in the world, opened the Pacific Life Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Carlos Moya yesterday, while two more high seeds in the women's competition — Justine Henin and Meghann Shaughnessy — lost their fourth-round matches.


    Geneva College signed outside hitter Heather March of Anchorage, Alaska, to a letter of intent and announced that Laura Trieschman , a graduate of Beaver Area, is transferring from Cypress (Calif.) College. The 5-foot-7 March was part of two state tournament qualifying teams in high school. Trieschman, a 5-7 setter/outside hitter, helped Beaver to the WPIAL semifinals and a state playoff appearance in her senior season.

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