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HURRICANE PRECAUTIONS IDLE MARLINS, PHILS AGAIN

As a result of Hurricane Georges, the Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies will conclude the season with back-to-back doubleheaders -- weather permitting.

The teams were forced to postpone their game for the second consecutive night Friday.

The Phillies waited out the storm at their hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Several players spent Thursday night at Pro Player Stadium as a precaution, but the hurricane stayed to the south.

"We're fortunate where we're staying," team spokesman Gene Dias said. "It's rainy and windy, but further south is where the hurricane is hitting."

The forecast for today called for a 70 percent chance of rain with winds of 25 to 35 mph.

Today's doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., with Florida's Livan Hernandez pitching against Curt Schilling and Javier Sanchez facing Paul Byrd. Schilling needs seven strikeouts to reach 300.

The first game Sunday starts at noon. Florida's Brian Meadows will pitch against Tyler Green in the opener, and Rafael Medina faces Carlton Loewer in the final game of the season.

NL sets tie-breaker schedule

NEW YORK -- If a one-game playoff is needed Monday to break a tie in the NL wild-card race, the game will be played in the afternoon.

If the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets tie, the game would be at Shea Stadium at 1:07 p.m., the National League said. If the Mets and San Francisco Giants tie, the game also would be at Shea Stadium at 1:07 p.m.

If the Cubs and Giants tie, the game would be at Wrigley Field at 2:07.

In the event of a three-way tie, the Giants would play the Mets on Monday at Shea Stadium at 1:07 p.m. If the Giants won, they would be at home against the Cubs on Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. If the Mets won, they would play the Cubs at Shea Stadium on Tuesday at 1:07 p.m.

Any tiebreaker games would be televised by ESPN.

Flynt makes push to buy out Schott

CINCINNATI -- Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt said he sent a letter to Reds owner Marge Schott asking about buying her shares of the team.

Flynt, who earlier this year was indicted on obscenity charges in Cincinnati, told Bloomberg News that he's an avid baseball fan and has always wanted to own a team.

"I grew up on the Cincinnati Reds, and I always thought it would be fascinating to own a sports franchise," said Flynt, who was born across the Ohio River in Kentucky. "So I simply made an offer to Marge that I would be interested in buying her stake."

In the letter, which was first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer in Friday's editions, Flynt asked Schott to send him an estimate of the team's value so he could make a competitive offer.

Schott owns 6 1/2 of the 15 shares in the Reds' partnership, although she was banned by Major League Baseball from running the team because of a series of remarks in June 1996 that included some favorable to Adolf Hitler.

In April, the Cincinnati Post reported that Major League Baseball officials want Schott to sell the team before her suspension ends Nov. 1.

If other baseball owners are against Schott, the controversial publisher of pornography isn't likely to be their ideal choice as her replacement.

Former Royals infielder ordered to prison

OLATHE, Kan. -- Former Pittsburgh and Kansas City second baseman Chico Lind was ordered to prison Friday for violating the probation given him for cocaine possession.

Johnson County District Judge Steve Tatum ordered Lind to serve the 10-month sentence imposed last year after Lind pleaded guilty.

Lind had twice failed conditions of probation.

Lind, 34, was originally given probation and allowed to return to his home in Florida and be monitored by authorities there. But Lind did not report to a probation officer and failed to pay a few hundred dollars in court costs and probation fees.

Johnson County prosecutors sought to have his probation revoked, but Tatum gave him another chance at probation if he entered an inpatient drug treatment program.

Lind did not show up, was arrested and posted $50,000 bond. Lind played for the Bucs in 1987-92 and the Royals from 1993 to '95.

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