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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 had 26 goals and a career-high 75 points last season.


HEAT LIKE IKE: Center Ike Austin rejoined the Miami Heat on Monday, hoping to revive his NBA career after playing last season in China.

The 34-year-old Austin flourished in three seasons with the Heat (1996-98), earning the league's 1997 Most Improved Player award.

Austin last played in the NBA with the Grizzlies during the 2001-02 season. He spent last year with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.


STANSBURY PARK OPEN: Henry White won the Budweiser Stansbury Park Open at Stansbury Park Golf Course by one stroke over Kim Thompson. White earned $1,300 for the victory after shooting rounds of 64 and 68.

Amateur Chris Gresh was third, three strokes back at 135, while Jeff Keye was fourth at 138. Roy Christensen won the senior division at 140.

JUNIOR GOLF: Sterling Clark and Heidi Kim were the big winners at the Utah Junior Golf Association's Tournament of Champions at Promontory Golf Club.

Clark shot at 73 to edge Tony Finau by one stroke and Kim shot a 78 to defeat Natalie Stone by four shots.

Other winners included Jenteal Jackson, Katie DeSantis, Gipper Finau, Garrett Fotu, Joseph Wight and Tanner Alder.