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ORIOLES FIRE HARGROVE: Mike Hargrove was a winner in Cleveland, taking a perennial loser to the World Series — twice.

He couldn't pull off a sufficient encore in Baltimore, and now he's going to have to go somewhere else in search of his 1,000th victory as a major league manager.

Hargrove was fired by the Orioles on Monday, one day after Baltimore completed its fourth consecutive losing season under his direction and sixth straight overall.

WHITE SOX AX MANUEL: Frustrated that yet another talent-laden team fell short of the postseason, the Chicago White Sox decided it was time to change directions — and manager Jerry Manuel was the first to be left behind.

Manuel was fired Monday, a day the White Sox originally hoped to spend getting ready for the playoffs. But after taking a two-game lead in the AL Central on Sept. 9, the White Sox collapsed in stunning fashion, losing 10 of their next 15 to finish four games behind Minnesota at 86-76.

ROYALS RELEASE GAMBOA: The Kansas City Royals have fired Tom Gamboa, the coach attacked last year during a game against the White Sox in Chicago. Gamboa was dismissed as bullpen coach less than two hours after the Royals' final game of the season.


NFL REINSTATES FOUR: Jacksonville wide receiver Jimmy Smith was one of four suspended players reinstated by the NFL after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Smith, the leading receiver in Jaguars history, missed four games. Also reinstated were Denver safety Lee Flowers, New England running back Mike Cloud and Atlanta linebacker Keith Newman.


CANUCK CUTS: Fedor Fedorov and Brandon Reid were among nine players cut by the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Fedorov, the younger brother of Detroit star Sergei Fedorov, and Reid were sent to Manitoba of the American Hockey League.

SABRES RE-SIGN SATAN: Restricted free agent forward Miroslav Satan signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. Satan, who had 26 goals and a career-high 75 points last season, earned $3.55 million, and has said he wanted to be the team's highest-paid player. A seven-time 20-goal scorer, Satan had sought $5 million a year. The team had offered $4.5 million.


BRYANT CASE: In a victory for Kobe Bryant's attorneys, a judge Monday ordered Vail police to turn over records of 911 calls made from the home of the woman who accused the NBA superstar of rape. Judge Frederick Gannett said the records, from calls made earlier this year, must be turned over to Bryant's defense team but cannot be released to the public.


KREMLIN CUP: Top-seeded Sjeng Schalken was knocked out of the Kremlin Cup on Monday, losing 6-3, 6-1 to Igor Andreev in the first round.

Andreev, ranked No. 111, broke Schalken in the first game and broke the Dutchman again in the ninth game to win the first set in just his third match on the ATP Tour.

In other matches, American Vince Spadea defeated Russian wild card Andrei Stoliarov 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Olivier Rochus beat Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 6-4.

In the women's competition, seventh-seeded Vera Zvonareva overcame a loss in the first set and beat Amanda Coetzer 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Russian teenager Vera Douchevina beat American Lisa Raymond 6-2, 7-6 (4). The 16-year-old Douchevina, ranked No. 123, beat a top-30 player for the first time. Also, Magui Serna defeated Silvia Farina Elia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

VENUS WITHDRAWS: Venus Williams pulled out of next week's WTA Tour event in Filderstadt, Germany, on Monday, citing an abdominal strain.

Williams, whose half-sister Yetunde Price was killed this month, hasn't played since aggravating a stomach muscle injury at Wimbledon. Her ranking has dropped to No. 6.

Serena Williams, Venus' younger sister, also hasn't competed since July 5, when they met in the final at the All England Club. Serena, who won that match, had left knee surgery Aug. 1.