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published November 28, 2002

Union is undecided on Expos schedule

NEW YORK -- The Expos released their schedule Wednesday with 22 home games shifted to Puerto Rico, prompting the players' union to say it has not yet approved moving the games from Montreal.

The first homestand in San Juan includes games against the Mets (April 11-14), Braves (April 15-17) and Reds (April 18-20).

The second homestand has Montreal hosting the World Series-champion Angels (June 3-5) and the Rangers (June 6-8), and the last includes the Marlins and (Sept. 5-7) and the Cubs (Sept. 8-10).

"The games require the approval of the players' association. They have not yet given their approval," said Gene Orza, the union's No. 2 official. "They should not have put out the schedule."

MORE BASEBALL: The Rays lost reliever Steve Kent on waivers to Seattle. Kent, a Rule 5 draft pick, was on the Rays roster all season, but the team lost a gamble when Seattle reclaimed him. ... Shortstop Jace Brewer, who also was taken off the Rays roster last week, cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. ... Former Rays right-hander Ryan Rupe was claimed by the Red Sox on Monday and has until Saturday to accept the assignment or become a free agent. ... The Indians improved their $60-million, five-year contract offer to the free-agent first baseman Jim Thome. Cleveland sent a revised proposal to Thome's agent, Pat Rooney, that includes some "variations" on a sixth option year from their previous package, the Associated Press reported. . Thome likely will make his decision next week. ... Philadelphia increased its offer to Tom Glavine by $3-million, and the Phillies and Mets added option years for 2006. Philadelphia's offer would pay Glavine $30-million over three years. ... Former Seattle manager Rene Lachemann was hired by the Mariners as bench coach. ... Buddy Bell was named the Indians' bench coach.

AMERICA'S CUP: New York's Team Dennis Conner will outline to a jury today its case for the disqualification of Seattle's OneWorld Challenge from the Cup challenger series in Auckland, New Zealand. Crucial to that case will be the ability of lawyer Sean Reeves to testify in support of his affidavit, which alleges OneWorld stole and made use of design information belonging to rival teams.

OLYMPICS: Delegates at the International Olympic Committee's general assembly in Mexico City will consider today whether to overturn the ban on visits to prospective host cities, and they'll vote Friday on proposals to drop baseball, softball and modern pentathlon from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Members say the three sports will survive.

BASKETBALL: Former NBA first-round pick Erick Barkley was suspended by the Greek Basketball Federation after testing positive for marijuana.

YOUTH SPORTS: A former volunteer football coach in Saginaw, Mich., who ordered three players to attack an 8-year-old teammate during practice was sentenced to 30 days in jail. James D. Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the attack Oct. 15.

COLLEGES: The Florida men's swim team signed Bill Mrazek from Fort Lauderdale, Andrew Swenson from Daytona Beach, Matt Coan from Miami, and Robbie Fischetti from Richmond, Va.

SOCCER: Arsenal, Inter Milan and Barcelona won road games in the second round of the European Champions League.

HORSES: Vespers beat Shooting Party to claim the allowance feature at Aqueduct. ... Unfurl The Flag beat Martinblestme by 31/2 lengths in the $43,000 feature race at Hollywood Park.

OBITUARY: Edgar P. Beardsley, who was credited with founding a Little League division for disabled children, died Tuesday at Bristol Hospital. He was 61.

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