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Siragusa to announce retirement on weekly radio show

| Friday, Jan. 4, 2002

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - The Goose will soon be gone from the Baltimore Ravens.

Tony Siragusa , a veteran defensive tackle who starred on last year's Super Bowl championship team, was set to announce his retirement Thursday night on his weekly radio show.

Ravens spokeswoman Marisol Renner said Siragusa told team officials he would break the news on the show on WJFK.

The effervescent Siragusa, 34, known as ''The Goose'' during his seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the last five with Baltimore, has played in 14 games with 12 starts this year. He has been plagued by chronic knee and lower-leg injuries as the Ravens have struggled to reach the playoffs.

  • Spergon Wynn will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against Baltimore in their final game of the season. Todd Bouman , who replaced the injured Daunte Culpepper five weeks ago, is still sidelined with a sprained thumb on his passing hand.

  • The NFL approved a stocking plan for the expansion Houston Texans that requires each of the 31 existing teams to expose five players from the 53-man roster. The plan, similar to the one used for Cleveland in 1999, also gives the Texans, who become the league's 32nd team this year, 14 extra picks in the 2002 and 2003 drafts.

    BASEBALL

    The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract with 22-game winner Matt Morris . While the team didn't announce the deal, the agreement was confirmed yesterday by a baseball official familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition he not be identified.

  • The Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District filed a $5 million lawsuit against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America Inc., accusing the firm of negligence and poor management in the building of the retractable roof at Miller Park.

  • In another sign baseball is unlikely to eliminate any teams this year, the Minnesota Twins called a news conference for today to announce their new manager, with Ron Gardenhire expected to get the job. After longtime manager Tom Kelly resigned in October, Gardenhire and bench coach Paul Molitor emerged as the finalists. But the Twins suspended their hiring efforts after baseball owners voted Nov. 6 to eliminate two teams before the 2002 season.

    BASKETBALL

    Tim Thomas of the Milwaukee Bucks was fined $7,500 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officials following the Bucks' 90-83 loss to Chicago on New Year's Eve.

    JURISPRUDENCE

    Patrick Hallett , who caddied for Michelle McGann 12 years ago, has been charged with stalking the seven-time LPGA tournament winner. Hallett, 43, of Monterey, Calif., caddied for McGann for one week in 1989 during a tournament in California and has been writing McGann ever since, according to a police report filed by the golfer Dec. 13.

  • An outside arbitrator has ruled that The Indianapolis Star was justified last year in firing longtime sports writer and columnist Robin Miller . Mediator James R. Cox of Chicago determined that Miller violated newspaper policy by sending e-mail in which he was alleged to have used abusive language and made derogatory comments about newsmakers, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George .

    SOCCER

    The Riverhounds announced their 2002 schedule on Thursday. As a member of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference, the Riverhounds open the regular season against the Toronto Lynx on April 20 at Bethel Park Stadium. One home game will be at 11 a.m. on May 8 against the Charleston Battery. The Riverhounds will have 10 home games on Friday and 10 Saturday evenings, one weekday game and three Sunday evening games.The other teams in the Riverhounds' conference include the Montreal Impact, the A-League champion Rochester Raging Rhinos and the Toronto Lynx.

    TENNIS

    Rainer Schuettler , the No. 7 seed, ousted top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov from the Qatar Open with a 7-5, 6-4 victory yesterday. In the semifinals today, Schuettler plays sixth-seeded Younes Al Aynaoui , who beat fourth-seeded Jiri Novak 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

  • Top-seed Guillermo Canas advanced to the quarterfinals of the TATA Open in Madras, India, beating Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 6-2 yesterday. Third-seeded Fabrice Santoro defeated Irakil Labadze 6-2, 6-3, and will play Karol Kucera , who beat Dennis van Scheppingen 7-5, 7-6 (2) in another second-round match.

  • Jennifer Capriati won her opening match at the Hong Kong Ladies Challenge in just 34 minutes yesterday, routing Indonesia's Angelique Widjaja 6-0, 6-1. Capriati will play Amanda Coetzer in today's semifinals. The other semifinal will be between Mary Pierce and Elena Dementieva .

  • Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport withdrew from next week's Adidas International tournament because she still is recovering from an October knee injury.

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