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EX-YANKEE ARRESTED: Former New York Yankees outfielder Dion James was arrested and charged with marijuana possession after police stopped the player's car for a broken taillight, Hackensack, N.J., police said.

James, released by the Yankees on Wednesday, was arrested around 2 a.m. Thursday and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Capt. Edward G. Koeser said.

PIRATE MOVES: The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Orlando Merced and Carlos Garcia on the 15-day disabled list.

They recalled infielder Rich Aude and outfielder Midre Cummings from their Triple-A team in Calgary.

Garcia missed 10 games with a strained right hamstring in April. He injured the leg again on Wednesday night in Cincinnati. Merced strained a right hamstring on Tuesday.

GREENWELL ON DL: The Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Mike Greenwell on the 15-day disabled list Friday and activated third baseman Tim Naehring.

Greenwell, who has a broken left ring finger, was placed on the DL retroactive to last Sunday. He was expected to miss two to 12 weeks, according to the team. He was hurt in spring training when he checked his swing during batting practice.

PEREZ GETS 2ND OPINION: Montreal left-hander Carlos Perez, yet to pitch this season with a sore shoulder, received a second medical opinion on his injury Friday which contradicts a diagnosis by the Expos' team doctors.

Perez underwent tests in Houston at the suggestion of his agent, Chuck Berry. He was told by Dr. William Bryant that there was no muscle tear under his left shoulder as the team's doctors insist.

Bryant advised a four-to-six week treatment program.

Team physician Dr. Larry Coughlin suspects a muscle tear, which would sideline Perez for up to three months.

Prep sports

GRID HIRE: Layton assistant Carter Cook will succeed Curtis Page as head coach of the school's football program. Cook emerged from a pool of three finalists for the vacancy. Page is leaving the Lancers to pursue business interests.

NEW HOOP COACHES: Cyprus High School has named Cottonwood assistant Mark Sidwell as its new boys basketball coach. Sidwell played for the Pirates prior to stints with Southern Utah and Westminster College.

At Bonneville, Roy assistant Rod Belnap has been named to replace veteran Gary Alverson.

ALL-AMERICANS: Five Utahns were named to Wrestling USA magazine's All-America team (May 31 issue). "Dream Teamer" Cole Sanderson of Wasatch headlined the group that included first-team selection Rocky Smart of Pleasant Grove. South Summit's Dusty Simpson and Tooele's Mike Shepard were listed as honorable mentions, while Travis Marks of Union earned Academic All-America recognition.

SIGNINGS: Judge softball standout Erica Solak has signed a letter of intent to continue her career at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. . . Rowland Hall basketball star Megan Williams, a two-time all-state honoree, will attend Creighton.

Cycling

ARMSTRONG LEADS: Lance Armstrong obliterated the field and took a significant race lead after winning the second half of Friday's double stage in the Tour DuPont.

Armstrong, 24, of Austin, Texas, the leader of the Motorola team, captured the 7.1-mile Raleigh individual time trial in 12 minutes, 56.965 seconds, an average speed of 32.89 mph.

Tony Rominger of Switzerland (Mapei-GB), the world's second-ranked cyclist, was second in 13:20.030 with teammate Daniele Nardello of Italy third in 13:29.059.