Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2002

Alaska-Fairbanks tops Nebraska-Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. -- Two goals early in the third period lifted Alaska-Fairbanks to a 3-2 win over Nebraska at Omaha on Saturday night.

Andrew Wong's goal at 8:25 of the second period had given UNO (3-6-1, 2-4-0 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) a 2-1 lead after Blaine Bablitz tied the game about two minutes earlier.

David Keough scored for the Nanooks (3-6-1, 2-5-1) at 1:49 of the third from Jared Sylvestre and Russell Spence to tie the game at 2.

Sylvestre then scored the game winner on the power play from Spence and Felipe Larranaga at 4:42 of the period.

Preston McKay made 15 saves for the Nanooks while UNO's Dan Ellis stopped 33 shots.

Carter sidelined with possible kidney ailment

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins receiver Cris Carter will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney-function abnormalities, the team said Saturday.

Carter, who came out of retirement three weeks ago, missed practice this week because he felt ill. When he was re-evaluated Friday by team physicians, tests disclosed the abnormalities.

Carter will undergo further testing. He won't play Sunday night against the New York Jets and didn't accompany the Dolphins on their flight Saturday. Team officials would not elaborate on his condition and declined to say whether he had been hospitalized.

Beane receives permission to speak to Red Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics gave Boston permission to talk to general manager Billy Beane about the same job with the Red Sox.

Beane received a three-year contract extension through 2008 last spring from owner Steve Schott. He has built the A's into a contender despite one of baseball's lowest payrolls.

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea confirmed Saturday night that the club received permission to speak to Beane and that discussions had begun.

A's president Michael Crowley said Boston originally was denied permission to speak to Beane, but Beane approached Schott several times after that asking for the opportunity to hear out the Red Sox.

''Anybody who has been in an organization as long as Billy, I'm sure his curiosity was piqued,'' Crowley said Saturday night. ''Boston is an attractive team with a lot of tradition.''

Beane was forced to be very creative to compete with a low payroll in Oakland. The opportunity to move from the team with the 25th highest payroll last year to baseball's second-biggest spender will be hard to turn down.

''We wanted to take the high road and give Billy the opportunity if he wanted to pursue that,'' Crowley said. ''This is one of those instances that presents a real opportunity both professionally and financially, and he wanted to take a look at it.''

The A's would require some form of compensation to let him go, Crowley said without being specific.

After the season, Schott said it would take an awful lot for him to give up Beane.

''If they want Billy Beane, I want their whole team and some cash,'' Schott said. ''That's all tongue-in-cheek, (but) Billy has a daughter here on the West Coast that he's totally devoted to. I don't think anything will move him.''

The A's already allowed manager Art Howe to leave last month to take over the New York Mets, so Oakland could have a whole new management team in place next season. Bench coach Ken Macha was promoted to manager.

Boston interim GM Mike Port remains a candidate and will represent the Red Sox at the upcoming general managers' meetings in Tucson, Ariz.

Port got the job when Dan Duquette was fired in spring training.

The A's have won 100 or more games for two straight seasons and made the playoffs the last three years, losing in the first round each time. In 2002, Oakland won 103 games and the AL West but lost to Minnesota in the American League division series. The A's also had an AL-record 20-game winning streak.

The Red Sox have already interviewed Orioles adviser Mike Flanagan, Philadelphia assistant GM Mike Arbuckle, New York Mets assistant GM Jim Duquette, Cincinnati director of player personnel Leland Maddox, former Chicago White Sox general manager Ron Schueler, and Port's special assistant, Lee Thomas. Duquette is Dan Duquette's cousin.

The 40-year-old Beane joined the A's front office in 1990 as an advance scout. He became an assistant general manager under Sandy Alderson in 1993.

He played six years in the majors with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and A's. He was a reserve on the 1989 World Series champion A's team, his final season as a player.

Crowley said having Paul DePodesta, the team's assistant GM since 1998, gives the A's plenty of confidence in their management if Beane were to leave. DePodesta, 29, could be promoted, though Crowley refused to speculate on that. DePodesta would become the youngest GM in major league history.

DePodesta will be attending the GM meetings for the A's.

''It is somewhat comforting knowing someone like Paul is in the organization,'' Crowley said. ''He has been Billy's right-hand man for the past few years.''

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