Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2000

A-Rod wants treatment of a god

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets pulled out of the Alex Rodriguez sweepstakes on Monday, saying some of his contract demands would make him unable to fit in with the rest of the team.

''It's about 25 players working as a team,'' Mets general manager Steve Phillips said. ''The 24 plus one-man structure really doesn't work. I don't mean to cast aspersions on Alex Rodriguez. ... But I don't think you can give different rules and separate one player from the rest of the team.''

Rodriguez, perhaps the most desirable free agent ever to hit the open market, has many contract demands beyond the more than $200 million he is expected to receive.

Agent Scott Boras has asked teams for an office in the home stadium for A-Rod's marketing team to handle off-the-field issues, space to sell his own paraphernalia and charter jet service for family and friends.

Belgian teen-ager upsets Sanchez-Vicario

NEW YORK -- Kim Clijsters was a smashing hit in her Madison Square Garden debut.

The Belgian teen-ager gained a spot in the season-ending Chase Championships with five higher-ranked players withdrawn with injuries. She then took matters into her own hands, overpowering fifth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 7-5, 6-4 to wrap up Monday night's first-round matches.

In the opener, Conchita Martinez, Sanchez-Vicario's Spanish Fed Cup teammate, survived a bundle of errors to eliminate Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the tournament's Garden finale.

Snowmachine drags schedule meeting

The Cook Inlet Lions-Drag Racing Division will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Kenai to organize the 2000-2001 snowmachine drag racing season. Anyone interested in getting involved with snowmachine drag racing is encouraged to attend.

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