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Byrd signs on with CBS

NEW YORK - Dennis Byrd, who broke his neck in a game for the New York Jets last Nov. 29, has signed as an analyst for CBS Sports. Byrd, initially paralyzed from the neck down but now able to walk, was hired for six games by CBS senior vice president Rick Gentile.

Astros put Swindell on DL

HOUSTON - Greg Swindell's homecoming season took another wrong turn when the Houston Astros put him on the 15-day disabled list with of a strained left shoulder. Swindell, who signed a four-year, $17 million free-agent contract last winter, was booed at the Astrodome on Monday after dropping to 6-8 in a 10-4 loss to St. Louis.

Leagues honor Palmeiro, Sosa

NEW YORK - Texas first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who hit .414 with three homers and eight RBI last week, is the AL player of the week. Chicago outfielder Sammy Sosa, who had a 6-for-6 game against Colorado and hit .538 with two homers and six RBI, was honored in the NL.

Schrader's suspension lifted

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A three-member NASCAR panel lifted the suspensions of driver Ken Schrader and car owner Joe Hendrick, accused of using an illegal carburetor in qualifying for Saturday's Pepsi 400.

Schrader and Hendrick, who were each fined $5,000, had been suspended for four races, beginning Sunday at Loudon, N.H., after inspectors found holes drilled in the carburetor and manifold in an apparent effort to get more air past the required restrictor plates.