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Oct. 15, 2002 at 11:54 PM
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Football Giants put Hamilton on injured reserve

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The New York Giants placed veteran defensive tackle Keith Hamilton on injured reserve Tuesday, officially ending his season.

Hamilton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Sunday's 17-10 loss to Atlanta. The 11-year veteran will undergo surgery later this week.

A fourth-round draft pick in 1992, Hamilton has missed only eight games in 10 years. He began the season fourth on the franchise's all-time sacks list with 61 ½.

To take Hamilton's spot on the roster, the Giants signed defensive end Byron Frisch, who had three sacks in 13 games with Dallas last season.

Clijsters reaches second round

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters continued her winning ways Tuesday at the $1.22 million Swisscom Challenge tennis tournament.

The sixth-seeded Clijsters reeled off the final five games to beat Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-2, in 77 minutes and reach the second round in her debut at Stadium Schluefweg.

Last week, the 19-year-old Belgian rallied to beat Daniela Hantuchova and capture the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Filderstadt, Germany. Clijsters also advanced to the final at Tokyo and the semifinals at Leipzig, Germany.

Hantuchova, the seventh seed at this hardcourt event, pulled away to beat fellow Slovakian Janette Husarova, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Having won her first career WTA title at Indian Wells in March, Hantuchova next faces Russia's Elena Dementieva.

The only other seed in action Tuesday was No. 8 Anastasia Myskina of Russia, who outlasted wild card Lisa Raymond of the United States, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The 21-year-old avenged her loss to Raymond - a semifinalist here in 1997 - in their only previous encounter at the 2001 Birmingham grasscourt event. Myskina's next opponent is Swiss wild card Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian.

Gibson, Parrish become Tigers coaches

DETROIT, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- New Detroit Tigers manager Alan Trammell added a couple of old friends to his staff, naming Kirk Gibson bench coach and Lance Parrish bullpen coach.

Trammell, Gibson and Parrish were teammates on Detroit's last World Series championship team in 1984.

A color commentator on Tigers' telecasts the last five seasons, Gibson has not worn a Detroit uniform since announcing his retirement in August 1995. He spent 12 of his 17 major league seasons with the Tigers and in 1999 was named to their All-Time Team. Parrish returns to the post he held in 2000. He also worked as the team's third base coach in 1999 and 2001 but, like Gibson, spent last year in the broadcast booth.

Hired last Wednesday to replace fired Luis Pujols, Trammell also retained Juan Samuel as third base coach and outfield instructor.

Rockies name Alomar Sr. and three others

DENVER, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, replacing much of the staff he fired last month, Tuesday named Sandy Alomar Sr. third base coach, Dave Collins first base coach, Rick Matthews bullpen coach and Jamie Quirk bench coach.

Additionally, the club hired former Rockie Mark Strittmatter as the new bullpen catcher.

Alomar Sr., 58, coached in the bullpen and at first base for the Chicago Cubs during the past three seasons. The former major league infielder appeared in 1,481 games from 1964-78. He also is the father of current New York Mets second baseman Roberto Alomar and Rockies catcher Sandy Alomar Jr.

Collins was the first base coach with the Milwaukee Brewers last season after coaching in the Rockies' minor league system. A 16-year major leaguer, Collins posted a career average of .272 and stole 395 bases.

Matthews returns to the role he filled for the Rockies during their inaugural 1993 campaign and the 1995 season.

Quirk, 47, spent last season as the Texas Rangers' bullpen coach after an eight-year spell on the Kansas City Royals' staff. Quirk and Hurdle were teammates with the Royals.

On Sept. 26, the Rockies let go pitching coach Jim Wright, hitting coach Alan Cockrell, bullpen coach-catching instructor Fred Kendall, third base coach Toby Harrah, first base coach Dallas Williams and bullpen catcher Nilson Robledo after a disappointing 73-89 season.

Hurdle became manager on April 26, when Buddy Bell was fired.

Weinke will start for Carolina

CHARLOTTE, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Chris Weinke, who began the season as the starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers only to lose the job to veteran Rodney Peete, will get his No. 1 job back next Sunday when the Panthers play at Atlanta.

Weinke will start for Peete, who will undergo knee surgery and be sidelined at least three weeks.

Weinke admitted he did not like being benched, but he dealt with it.

Peete said the surgery needs to be done now. In six games, Peete is 92-of-154 for 1,149 yards with five touchdown passes and four interceptions. Weinke is 7-of-13 for 114 yards. He has neither a scoring pass nor an interception.

When Weinke came out of Florida State in 2001, he already was 29, having played baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization for four years. He was the Panthers' No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft. In his rookie campaign, he threw for 2,931 yards and 11 touchdowns, but was very erratic. Carolina went just 1-15 last season, the final 15 in succession.

Boselli goes to injured reserve

HOUSTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Houston Texans Tuesday placed Tony Boselli, a five-time Pro Bowl left tackle who has undergone three shoulder operations since last October, on injured reserve. The move finishes his season.

Boselli will spend the rest of the year rehabilitating and has no intention of retiring.

Boselli missed the last 13 games of the 2001 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after undergoing surgery to both shoulders, but that didn't stop the Texans from selecting him with the first pick in this year's expansion draft.

Boselli, 30, had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder last Oct. 15, and arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder less than a month later. He needed another arthroscopic procedure on June 24 to release scarring from the left shoulder.

The 6-7, 322-pounder is one of the league's most dominant run blockers. He began to participate in limited contact practice drills with the Texans in September. Houston was holding out hope that Boselli would be able to return sometime in October to help protect rookie quarterback David Carr, who has been sacked 31 times in five games.

Boselli, named to the NFL's All-Decade Second Team in the 1990s, allowed just 14 ½ sacks in seven years with the Jaguars. He made the Pro Bowl five consecutive seasons from 1996-2000. He recovered from a torn ACL suffered late in the 1999 season, but has not been able to overcome his shoulder problems. More than $23 million over the salary cap, Jacksonville exposed Boselli in the expansion draft and the Texans pounced on him.

Brackens done for season

JACKSONVILLE, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Defensive end Tony Brackens, who hobble through five games with an injured left knee that will require surgery, will not play again this season.

Tuesday, the Jaguars placed their all-time sack leader on injured reserve, which means he is done for 2002.

Brackens experienced increased swelling in the knee after Sunday's game at Tennessee. That led to an MRI which revealed an articular cartilage wear.

The 1999 Pro Bowler sat out the first three preseason games before seeing some action in the Aug. 29 exhibition finale against Dallas. He was limited to one practice per week because of recurring knee swelling, but was able to split time at right end with Paul Spicer in each of the first five regular season games.

In five games, Brackens, 27, recorded 16 tackles, two quarterback pressures, and one fumble recovery.

Along with the sack mark, Brackens also holds club records for forced fumbles (27), fumbles recovered (13), and interceptions by a defensive lineman (4). The 6-4, 265-pounder has totaled 30 ½ of his 49 sacks over the previous three seasons.

Seattle defensive back suspended

SEATTLE, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Denver Broncos strong safety Kenoy Kennedy Tuesday was suspended for one game by the NFL for his third helmet-to-helmet hit of the season.

His latest incident came in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Miami Dolphins when he leveled receiver Chris Chambers, who was forced to leave the game with a concussion. Kennedy was assessed a personal foul for the hit.

Kennedy, a starter, will miss this week's key AFC West game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was the third time this season that Kennedy has been cited for misuse of his helmet. He was fined $7,500 for a hit on St. Louis wide receiver Isaac Bruce on Sept. 8, and fined $10,000 for a hit on San Diego fullback Fred McCrary in a game on Oct. 6.

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