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ELARTON ON DL: Scott Elarton, 4-8 this year after winning 17 games for the Houston Astros in 2000, was put on the 15-day disabled list after medical tests showed him with tendinitis in his right bicep.

UNION FILES VS. YANKEES: Claiming the New York Yankees stopped paying Cuban defector Andy Morales in violation of his contract, the players association filed a grievance against the team.

Morales defected from Cuba last July and signed a $4.5 million, four-year contract March 11. He hit just .231 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 160 at-bats with Norwich of the Double-A Eastern League, and the Yankees say the third baseman is three years older than he claims.

The players association said the Yankees did not make the June 15 bonus payment and did not pay Morales his salary on June 30 or July 15.


BARRASSO SIGNS: Tom Barrasso, a 17-year veteran who sat out last season, signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, who want to ease the workload of goalie Arturs Irbe.


MERCEDES CUP: At Stuttgart, Germany, Gustavo Kuerten beat Andrew Ilie of Australia 6-1, 6-2 at the Mercedes Cup, his first match since winning the French Open more than a month ago.

In other matches, Cedric Pioline of France ousted Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-4, 6-3; Sergi Bruguera, looking for his first ATP title since 1994, beat Norwegian qualifier Jan Frode Andersen 6-4, 6-1; and Marc Rosset cruised past wild card Jakob Herm-Zahlava 6-2, 6-4.

ENERGIS OPEN: At Amsterdam, Netherlands, top-seeded Sebastien Grosjean of France was beaten in the first round of the Energis Open, losing 6-4, 6-4 to qualifier Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina.

Defending champion Magnus Gustafsson opened with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Dutch wild card John van Lottum.

Alex Corretja, a clay-court specialist seeded second, defeated Fernando Meligeni of Brazil 7-5, 6-4. In an all-Dutch match, Edwin Kempes downed Raemon Sluiter 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3.

SANEX TROPHY TOURNEY: At Knokke-Heist, Belgium, top-seeded Kim Clijsters won her opening round match at the WTA Sanex Trophy tournament, beating Ludmila Cervanova 6-3, 6-3.

Second-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy defeated Jaslyn Hewitt of Australia 6-4, 6-2. But sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland withdrew after winning the first set 1-6 and losing the second 6-4 against Maria Jose Martinez of Spain.

CROATIAN OPEN: At Umag, Croatia, top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain finished a good day for seeded players when he defeated Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Croatian Open.

Auto racing

SCHUMACHER'S OK: Michael Schumacher slammed into a rubberized wall at about 185 mph during practice, but the Formula One leader was back at his garage after a brief hospital stay.

The 32-year-old German, bidding for a fourth driver's title, was not hurt, his Ferrari team said.

Schumacher was one of 10 racers practicing for the German Grand Prix on July 29. His Ferrari lost control and skidded off the Monza course, hitting the protective wall.