BLUES, HULL PART: The St. Louis Blues said Tuesday that it was time to move on without the outspoken Brett Hull, who turned down a $15 million contract in March because it did not include a no-trade clause.


AL VOTE-GETTERS: Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. became the leading All-Star vote-getter for the third straight year and fourth time overall.

Griffey, elected to start a ninth consecutive time, got 4,202,830 votes, well ahead of Baltimore third baseman Cal Ripken's 3,402,657. Ripken was elected to start his 16th consecutive All-Star game.

The rest of the starting lineup has Cleveland's Jim Thome at first, Baltimore's Roberto Alomar at second, Seattle's Alex Rodriguez at shortstop, Texas' Ivan Rodriguez at catcher and Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers and Kenny Lofton of the Indians in the outfield.

PENALTIES: Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall and Dodgers outfielder Gary Sheffield were suspended three games and fined by NL president Leonard Coleman for a brawl Sunday. Both will continue to play pending hearings on their appeals.


PHILLIPS INVESTIGATION: Dolphins running back Lawrence Phillips, whose career has been plagued by violent outbursts, is under investigation for allegedly punching a woman in the face at a nightclub.