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YANKS' ANTITRUST CASE TO BE MOVED

The New York Yankees' antitrust suit against baseball will be heard in New York, not in Tampa, Fla.

A federal judge issued an order, moving the case from the hometown of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to Manhattan.

Steinbrenner and Adidas sued baseball on May 6, alleging the commissioner's office staff interfered with a $95 million, 10-year sponsorship agreement they signed in March.

While Steinbrenner and Adidas filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Tampa, lawyers for acting commissioner Bud Selig then asked the court to move the case.

"The office of the commissioner of baseball is in New York City. The president of the National League, the American League, MLB Enterprises and MLB Properties are in New York City," Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. wrote in a decision issued in the Tampa court.

A week after filing the suit, Steinbrenner was suspended from the 10-man executive council, which has ruled baseball since Fay Vincent's forced resignation as commissioner in September 1992.

The team and Adidas filed the suit after baseball executives ordered the Yankees to stop selling T-shirts with Adidas logos at Yankee Stadium and to stop outfitting their grounds crew in Adidas gear.

Sosa hires boxing's Rock

CHICAGO -- Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa hired former boxing manager Rock Newman as his manager, Newman said.

Sosa, who signed a four-year, $42.5-million contract in June, hit 36 home runs last year, batted .251, drove in 119 runs and stole 22 bases.

Newman was the fight manager for former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe.

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