Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Soccer shoot slated for Saturday

The 2002 Kenai Elks Soccer Shoot for boys and girls will be Saturday at Kenai Middle School. Parents must have a signed and completed registration form. The form will be available at the shoot.

The time of the shoot depends on the participant's age as of Aug. 1, 2002. Those under 8 shoot at 11 a.m., those under 10 shoot at 1:30 p.m., those under 12 shoot at 2:30 p.m. and those under 14 shoot at 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 conference set in Expos' suit

NEW YORK -- A federal judge scheduled an Oct. 11 conference for the racketeering suit filed by Canadian investors against baseball commissioner Bud Selig and former Montreal Expos owner Jeffrey Loria.

Fourteen Canadian corporations filed suit last week in U.S. District Court in Miami, accusing Selig, Loria and their staffs of mail fraud and wire fraud. Loria and Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, have denied the charges, saying the suit was without merit.

Jeffrey Kessler, a lawyer for Loria's limited partners, said on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Ursula M. Ungaro-Benages scheduled the conference. Kessler will try to work out details of document discovery with baseball's lawyers, who are expected to resist handing over documents and to move for the case to be dismissed.

''We'll start negotiating with the other side about schedules,'' Kessler said. ''The conference resolves anything not agreed to.''

Leiter agrees to $18 million, two-year extension

NEW YORK -- Al Leiter can finish his career with the New York Mets, who made it clear they're still determined to make a strong push for the playoffs this season.

Leiter agreed Wednesday to an $18 million, two-year extension rather than test an uncertain free-agent market in an offseason threatened with another work stoppage.

Rivera's shoulder still bothersome

CLEVELAND -- Mariano Rivera's shoulder is still sore, and the New York Yankees closer will undergo further examination before the team decides whether he will go on the disabled list.

After playing catch in the Yankees' bullpen before Wednesday's game, Rivera said he still had tightness in his shoulder.

''I was really disappointed,'' Rivera said following the Yankees' 14-7 win over the Indians. ''I was expecting something more and it didn't happen.''

Rivera will have more testing in Tampa, Fla. -- the Yankees are off -- on Thursday at the team's training complex. He'll get additional treatments on his shoulder, and could get a cortisone shot.

Rivera said if he doesn't get the shot, he'll go on the disabled list.

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