Eric Wedge was introduced by the Cleveland Indians, making him the youngest manager in the majors at 34.
He was signed to a two-year contract, with the Indians holding options for 2005 and 2006. Wedge, a former big league catcher, managed Cleveland's Triple-A team in Buffalo for two seasons.
Joel Skinner, who managed the club for 76 games last season after Charlie Manuel was fired July 11, will stay with the Indians, returning to his position as third-base coach, where he started last season.
Ken Macha was promoted from bench coach to manager of the Oakland Athletics to replace Art Howe.
The A's didn't wait long to replace Howe, who officially was hired Monday as manager of the New York Mets. After interviewing for years, the 52-year-old Macha didn't have to leave to finally become a manager.
The Atlanta Braves coach Ned Yost was hired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, returning to the team where he was a backup catcher in the 1980s.
Yost agreed to a two-year contract that includes a club option for 2005.
A record 67 international players are on NBA rosters for the start of the season, led by the Dallas Mavericks with five.
The league said the players -- active and injured -- were from 35 countries and territories. There were international players on 27 of the 29 teams.
Help wanted in Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks, needing help at quarterback after Trent Dilfer's season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, signed veteran Jeff George.
Coach Mike Holmgren emphasized that Matt Hasselbeck will remain the starter and George is coming in to fill a role. George played with the Washington Redskins last season.
New York Giants receiver Ike Hilliard will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his right shoulder on a hit by All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hard-hitting San Diego Chargers strong safety Rodney Harrison lost the appeal of his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland's Jerry Rice, a ruling that will cost him $111,764.
Tiger sounds off
Tiger Woods expects Augusta National to have a female member by the next Masters because "it's the right thing to do," and he believes golf won't be hurt by the controversy.
LA player injured
Jason Allison, the leading scorer for the Los Angeles Kings, could be out for two months after injuring his right knee in a collision with Atlanta's Andy Sutton.
Facing intense lobbying from baseball and softball, IOC president Jacques Rogge predicted that next month's vote on whether to drop the sports from the Olympics will be a "close call."
Rogge also said New York City won't benefit from any Sept. 11 sympathy if chosen as the U.S. bidder for the 2012 games, and the IOC will wait until the end of next year -- at the earliest -- to start the next round of TV rights negotiations.
Sawyer on injured reserve
The Minnesota Vikings placed Talance Sawyer on injured reserve Tuesday, ending the defensive tackle's season.
Sawyer, the Vikings' top sub on the defensive line, has been slow to heal since a knee injury he suffered in a Week 2 loss to Buffalo.
Sawyer broke a small bone below his knee and had surgery to repair the affected area. He's been participating in some drills, but running has caused him problems.
Minnesota signed defensive tackle Cedric Killings, a final training-camp cut, to take Sawyer's place on the roster.
Coach Mike Tice was worried about the depth behind starter Chris Hovan.
"I really don't like looking up in practice and seeing Chris Hovan (on the scout team)," Tice said. "He plays so hard, there is a chance he could get injured in practice showing defenses for our offense. That would be really silly to have that happen."
Tice was pleasantly surprised the Vikings didn't come out of Sunday's game with more injuries.
"I thought we came out of it pretty good," Tice said Monday. "I thought it was a very tough, hard-hitting NFC North game."
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