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Indoor track event off

LOS ANGELES -- The Times Indoor Games have been canceled, for at least a year.

The Los Angeles Times announced that the track and field meet, which it has co-sponsored since 1960, would not be run in 1991. It had been scheduled for Feb. 14 at the Forum in Inglewood.

"We've decided not to stage the meet this year basically because we have been unable to find a new co-sponsor and we lost our traditional Friday night date," meet director Will Kern said. "We hope to regroup and come back better than ever in 1992."

The meet, which was designated as a Grand Prix event, leaves the Sunkist Invitational as the only indoor meet in Southern California. Meets in San Diego and San Francisco folded a few years ago.

Butler, Dodgers reach deal

Brett Butler, a new-look free agent not wanted by his old team, the San Francisco Giants, agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth approximately $10 million.

The Dodgers did not announce the signing, but Butler confirmed it from his home in Georgia.

Atlanta and the Boston Red Sox also had pursued the outfielder.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed their second free agent in as many days when left-handed reliever Juan Agosto agreed to a three-year contract worth $4.6 million.

On Thursday, the Cardinals signed first baseman-outfielder Gerald Perry to a three-year deal worth $3.3 million.

Agosto was a set-up man for the Houston Astros last season. He led the National League in appearances with 82 and had a 9-8 record, 4.29 earned run average and four saves in 92 1/3 innings.

Free agent pitcher Ted Power signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds after a three-year absence. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The right-hander spent the 1990 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA and seven saves in 40 regular season games, all in relief.

Cities bid for Cup qualifying

WASHINGTON -- Nine cities applied to host the qualifying draw for the 1994 World Cup, and the deadline for cities to enter the selection process ended with 32 cities expressing interest.

The World Cup '94 Organizing Committee said cities bidding for the qualifying draw were Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; Honolulu; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; New York (jointly with New Haven, Conn); Orlando, Fla. (jointly with Kissimmee, Fla., and St. Cloud, Fla.), and Phoenix.

The city for the qualifying draw, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 14, 1991, will be selected by April 1.

Five cities formally submitted applications to host games: Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Honolulu; Minneapolis (jointly with Blaine, Minn., and St. Cloud, Minn.), and Philadelphia.

The other 27 cities have until May 1 to formally make their bids. Those cities include Buffalo.

Title belt safe for now

Heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield can wear the World Boxing Council crown for at least another month, a federal judge in Newark, N.J., has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas H. Politan extended until Jan. 17 a lower court's restraining order that prevents the WBC from stripping Holyfield of his title belt.

Holyfield, who is scheduled to defend his title against former champion George Foreman on April 19 in Atlantic City, went to court to prevent the WBC from lifting his title.

The WBC wants to dethrone Holyfield and put the title up for grabs between Mike Tyson and Donovan "Razor" Ruddock because Holyfield failed to first defend the title against Tyson.

Politan indicated that he will either hear the case himself on Jan. 17 or send it back to another court.

Holyfield won the WBC, the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association heavyweight titles on Oct. 25 by knocking out James "Buster" Douglas.

The IBF and WBA have sanctioned Holyfield's title defense against Foreman.

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