After leading Oakland to the AL West title, Miguel Tejada easily defeated Alex Rodriguez for the AL Most Valuable Player award when he received 21 of 28 first-place votes from a panel of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
While Tejada hit a career-high .308 with 34 homers and 131 RBIs, Rodriguez batted .300 with 57 homers and 142 RBIs.
The Philadelphia Phillies started off the free-agent season by making offers to Jim Thome, Tom Glavine and David Bell. The three offers are believed to be worth more than $100 million.
Drug use acknowledged
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay acknowledged that he had become dependent on prescription painkillers, and said he has overcome the problem since undergoing treatment this past summer.
Irsay, 43, responded to a report by Indianapolis television station WTHR, which said Irsay has had at least three overdoses of prescription drugs.
The Memphis Grizzlies brought back 69-year-old Hubie Brown from the broadcast booth, picking him to coach the NBA's only winless team after Sidney Lowe resigned. Brown last coached in the NBA in the 1986-87 season with the New York Knicks.
Knight sues Indiana
Bob Knight is suing Indiana University, alleging he lost more than $2 million in income since being fired by the school two years ago.
Knight contends he was fired without cause, without a proper meeting of university trustees and without a chance to defend himself.
Bol on ice?
Manute Bol has always been able to block shots with his 7-foot-7 frame. The Indianapolis Ice now want to see if he can do that -- or anything else -- on skates.
First, the Central Hockey League team has to find equipment big enough to fit the former NBA player.
In an effort to create a buzz around the minor league club, Ice general manager Larry Linde agreed to contract terms Tuesday with the lanky center -- well, that's what he played in his basketball career.
Linde hasn't spoken to Bol yet and has no reason to believe the man from the Dinka Tribe has ever skated before. Bol is expected to make his first appearance with the Ice on Saturday when they play the Amarillo Gorillas.
"Are you kidding me? Where?" asked 6-foot forward Geoff Sanderson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, twice a 40-goal scorer in the NHL. "At least he will have a heck of a poke check. His stick will be about 6 1/2-feet long."
Ref doll taken down, but Paterno has little to say
The referee doll that once hung from the front door of Joe Paterno's house has been taken down, but the Penn State coach still refuses to talk about it.
Paterno would not comment Tuesday when asked about the adornment, which showed an official, yellow flag in hand, apparently hanging by its neck from the door knocker.
The doll had been taken down Monday afternoon. When Paterno was asked if it was still there, he implied that he didn't know.
"I don't ever use the front door -- I go in the garage," Paterno said. "I have one of those things, you know, you push the button and the garage door goes up. That's what I use."
Gophers dismiss Collins
Minnesota backup guard Kris Collins was dismissed from the team on Tuesday for failing to meet academic standards. Collins, a sophomore who was limited in practice with injuries, was dismissed "due to repeated team rules violations in regards to his academic responsibilities," according to a release issued by the university.
Publication names Twins 2002 Organization of the Year
The Minnesota Twins were named the 2002 Organization of the Year in the latest issue of Baseball America, which will appear on newsstands this week.
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