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Published: Tue, February 4, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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New York Giantssign former lineman

NEW YORK -- Former Youngstown State University lineman Pat Crummey was signed by the New York Giants, the Associated Press reported in its daily transactions recently.

Crummey was signed as a guard.

LOCAL

Derby horse dies

NORTH LIMA -- Great Redeemer, who ran in the 1979 Kentucky Derby, died of natural causes Jan. 23 in his stall at Krown Point Stable.

Owned at death by Robert and Diana King, Great Redeemer had an outstanding career as a sport horse in many fields. Robert King has been a trainer for 35 years and Diana King was Great Redeemer's jockey.

In the 1979 Derby, Great Redeemer was ahead of eventual winner Spectacular Bid for much of the race.

That year, Great Redeemer also ran third in the Derby Trial and placed in several other classics.

After being purchased by the Kings, Great Redeemer became a show horse, winning many championships at A-rated shows, including the Youngstown Charity Horse Show. Great Redeemer also served as a field hunter hunting with the Raymond Firesons Lauray and Chagrin Valley hunts.

REGION

Pirates chooseCharlie for doll

PITTSBURGH -- Good grief.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, coming off a club-record 10th consecutive losing season, probably couldn't have picked a more fitting player to honor with a bobblehead doll: Charlie Brown.

The no-hit, no-field Peanuts character, who went decades without winning a game, will be one of six Pirates bobblehead giveaways in 2003. Only two are current players.

Other bobbleheads will honor the late broadcaster Bob Prince; Hall of Fame catcher Josh Gibson, a Negro Leagues star from Pittsburgh; and former Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen.

Also getting bobbleheads will be Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson and a player to be named; the team has yet to decide which player's bobblehead will be given away in September.

The team's promotions calendar, announced Friday, also includes six fireworks nights.

NATION

Comiskey Parkgets new name

CHICAGO -- Comiskey Park's name is being changed to U.S. Cellular Field under a deal that will pay the White Sox $68 million over 20 years.

"U.S. Cellular and the White Sox have forged a unique partnership that will provide the resources for major design changes to the ballpark that will benefit every White Sox fan," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement.

White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said the team intended to announce more details at a news conference Monday. The agreement with U.S. Cellar Corp. is for 23 years.

The White Sox have played at the current Comiskey Park since 1991. It replaced old Comiskey Park, across the street, the team's home from 1910 through 1990.

"Our goal is to create a world-class ballpark that reflects the City of Chicago," Reinsdorf said.

The newly renamed ballpark will be the site of the All-Star game on July 15.

The team said it will extend its ballpark lease with the Illinois Sports Facility Authority for an additional 15 years, through 2025.

Twins hire Molitoras coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Molitor is returning to the Minnesota Twins as the team's minor league infield and baserunning coordinator.

Molitor, who played three seasons in Minnesota and later served as a coach with the team, was a finalist to become the Twins' manager when Tom Kelly retired after the 2001 season. But he withdrew from consideration amid baseball's attempts to fold the team last summer.

Molitor, 46, will be responsible for coordinating the infield and baserunning instruction for the Twins' minor league system.

Chang calls it quits

Michael Chang's childhood rivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras still are winning Grand Slam tournaments late in their careers.

Chang hasn't won a major since capturing the tennis world with his 1989 French Open victory at age 17 -- a big reason why he's decided to retire following this season, his 16th on the ATP circuit.

His final event will be this year's U.S. Open. Chang kicks off his farewell tour in the Siebel Open starting Feb. 10 in San Jose, Calif., and he spoke about the decision to retire for the first time Friday.

"It's been a great ride, and I still have the last part of the ride to go, and that's something I'm very excited about," said Chang, speaking from his home in Mercer Island, Wash.

Chang, 30, said his inability to maintain a high level on the court led to his decision. Plus, playing 15 years on the pro tour has taken its toll on him.

Pitt's Knight maymiss Syracuse game

PITTSBURGH -- Brandin Knight could miss No. 2 Pittsburgh's game against No. 24 Syracuse today due to a sprained left ankle.

"It will be a game-time decision," coach Ben Howland said.

Knight was injured in practice Wednesday when he landed on the foot of teammate Julius Page. Knight did not practice Thursday.

Staff/wire reports




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