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MINNESOTA INJUNCTION: In a decision that could block baseball's plan to eliminate teams this season, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld an injunction that requires the Twins to play in the Metrodome in 2002.

SIGNINGS: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, returning for his seventh season in St. Louis, agreed to a three-year contract . . . Optimistic about the Detroit Tigers' future, right-hander Jeff Weaver agreed to a $22 million, four-year contract . . . First baseman Brian Daubach and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,325,000, avoiding salary arbitration . . . The agent for Japanese left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii said his client may not sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Feb. 8 deadline.

CHARLTON INJURED: Seattle reliever Norm Charlton will probably miss the season after injuring his left shoulder while working out. Charlton, 38, will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff next Monday.


TYSON-LEWIS FIGHT: Mike Tyson's latest outburst angered Lennox Lewis and landed the president of the World Boxing Commission in the hospital briefly with a sore head. Tyson also was left with some explaining to do if he ever hopes to get Lewis into the ring for real.

Tyson himself was cut on his forehead after he came at Lewis and threw a punch that triggered a melee and ended up canceling a news conference to promote their heavyweight championship fight April 6.

The fight could be in trouble as well, if Tyson can't convince Nevada boxing authorities next week that all he was trying to do was promote the fight when he went after Lewis.

TYSON INVESTIGATED: Police investigators found evidence they contend backs up a woman's claim she was raped by Mike Tyson, although charges have not been filed against the former heavyweight champion.


COLTS HIRE DUNGY: Tony Dungy didn't need much time to get a new job.

Eight days after being fired in Tampa Bay, Dungy reached an agreement in principle to coach the Indianapolis Colts and a formal introduction is expected Wednesday.

GRUDEN WON'T RE-SIGN: Coach Jon Gruden will not sign a new contract with the Oakland Raiders and plans to leave the team after next season at the latest, his agent told several San Francisco Bay area newspapers.

Gruden, a top candidate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' job, is in the lower half of the NFL coaching pay scale, with an annual salary of $1.2 million. His parents live in Tampa.


NBA SUSPENSIONS: Kenny Thomas of the Houston Rockets and Shareef Abdur-Rahim of the Atlanta Hawks were both suspended for three games without pay and fined $15,000 by the NBA for a fight in their game Monday.

Atlanta guard Jason Terry was suspended without pay for one game and fined $7,500 for throwing a punch.


U.S. LOSES: Unni Lehn scored in the fifth minute Wednesday as Norway upset the United States 1-0 in the first round of a four-nation women's soccer tournament in Shanghai, China.