Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2000

Cuban baseball player flees again to U.S.

MIAMI -- After being caught at sea on his first attempt to flee Cuba, baseball star Andy Morales has made it to U.S. soil.

Morales, who hit a home run last year in the Cuban team's 12-6 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore, was in temporary federal custody Wednesday.

The 25-year-old third baseman and eight other Cubans were picked up Tuesday by the Border Patrol on the Marquesas, a group of islands near Key West.

They were being questioned about whether they were smuggled into Florida, Border Patrol spokesman Joe Mellia said. Some members of the group said they paid $5,000 to be brought to the United States, Mellia said.

Sullivan, Hunter suspended for brawl

DENVER -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Brian Hunter and Cincinnati Reds reliever Scott Sullivan were suspended for three games for fighting last week at Coors Field.

Both players also were fined Wednesday by Frank Robinson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations.

Hunter charged the mound after being hit with a pitch near his head in the seventh inning of Cincinnati's 7-4 victory over the Rockies on Saturday. Sullivan met Hunter halfway between the mound and home plate and landed a couple of grazing blows before the two were engulfed by teammates.

Sullivan, who denied hitting Hunter intentionally, and Hunter were ejected, along with Colorado first baseman Todd Helton and Rockies manager Buddy Bell. Neither Helton nor Bell was penalized.

Tagliabue says Ray Lewis has suffered enough

NEW YORK -- Ray Lewis has suffered enough, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Wednesday in explaining why he did not suspend the All-Pro linebacker who pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in a murder case.

''It's the courts who have the primary responsibility in this case,'' Tagliabue said. ''We're not a substitute for the courts.''

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