GOLD GLOVES: California pitcher Mark Langston and Toronto outfielder Devon White won their seventh Gold Glove awards and Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. won his sixth straight.

Angels first baseman J.T. Snow was the only first-time winner among the AL selections in voting by managers and coaches. Second baseman Roberto Alomar, a free agent after playing for Toronto, also was selected along with Texas catcher Ian Rodriguez, Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel and outfielder Kenny Lofton and New York third baseman Wade Boggs.

ROCKIES SIGN WEISS: Shortstop Walt Weiss returned to Colorado, agreeing to a $4.1 million, two-year contract with a player option for 1998. Weiss, 31, hit .260 last season, when he had a $1.6 million base as part of a $2.2 million, two-year deal.

GIRARDI TRADED: The New York Yankees acquired catcher Joe Girardi from Colorado for minor-league pitcher Mike DeJean and a player to be determined.


BROWNS' MOVE: Even if forced to play in Cleveland until their lease expires in 1998, the Browns are headed to Baltimore, team lawyer Robert Weber told Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Callahan.

City lawyers won at least a temporary reprieve when Callahan extended his order barring the Browns from making an immediate move until the hearing ends. Callahan recessed the hearing, after hearing excerpts of a deposition given by owner Art Modell and testimony from an economist.

CAL FIRES GILBERTSON: Keith Gilbertson, who led California to one winning season in four years as head coach, was fired two days after the Bears' season-ending loss to Stanford. Cal was 3-8 in 1995 and 20-26 overall under Gilbertson.

GATOR CHOOSES CLEMSON: The Gator Bowl selected 8-3 Clemson, choosing the No. 24 Tigers after getting an OK from the bowl alliance. Bowl chairman Carl Cannon said his group will pick a Big East team next week for the Jan. 1 game in Jacksonville, Fla.

BLADES SUIT: A wrongful death suit against Seattle Seahawks receiver Brian Blades should proceed, a judge has ruled.

Blades, a former University of Miami star, also faces manslaughter charges in the shooting death last summer of his cousin. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the late Charles Blades' 12-year-old daughter, Crystal Blades.


HALL OF FAME: Larry Robinson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner who helped the Montreal Canadiens capture six Stanley Cup titles, was was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Frederick "Bun" Cook, a New York Rangers star from 1926-1936, was inducted in the veterans category. Florida general manager Bill Torrey and former IIHF president Gunther Sabetzki were inducted as builders.

SENATORS FIRE BOWNESS: Rick Bowness, the only coach the Ottawa Senators have had in their four years, was fired in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. Also fired was assistant Alain Vigneault. Both are former Salt Lake Golden Eagles.


LPGA PLAYER OF YEAR: Sweden's Annika Sorenstam received the LPGA's Rolex Player of the Year award and the Vare Trophy for scoring average.

Sorenstam, 25, who joined Nancy Lopez as the only player to take both honors the year after being Rookie of the Year, won the U.S. Open and two other LPGA titles along with three overseas titles. She also became the first to lead the LPGA and European tours in earnings in the same year.

Pat Hurst won rookie of the year, and Shelley Hamlin the Heather Farr Player Award.


PUTZ EARNS SPOT: Bountiful High sophomore Caroline Putz leaves Boca Raton, Fla., Tuesday in hopes of earning a spot on the United States National Youth 16 national soccer team.

The 5A all-stater, who scored 26 goals and had 19 assists for the Braves last season, could become the first Utahn to ever reach the highest level of the Olympic Develpment Program.