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Dennis, Callahan may move to WCRB

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Sources close to the negotiations say a possible new home for radio talkmasters John Dennis and Gerry Callahan is WCRB-FM (99.5), the classical music station that is considering a switch to an all-sports format. Dennis and Callahan, whose contracts expire next month, have had the 6-10 a.m. shift on WEEI-AM (850) until last week, when they were told not to return. Dennis was on vacation last week; Callahan has been out since May while recovering from throat surgery.

SUSAN BICKELHAUPT

Baseball

Fielder quick to appeal suspension
Prince Fielder was suspended for three games yesterday by the commissioner's office, but the slugging first baseman is appealing the decision so he can remain in the Brewers' lineup during their playoff push. Fielder was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for "inappropriate and aggressive conduct" during a confrontation with plate umpire Wally Bell Sunday, when he was ejected after arguing a called third strike and had to be restrained . . . The Yankees tweaked their bullpen, recalling Edwar Ramirez and Sean Henn from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and demoting Jeff Karstens and Jim Brower . . . The Twins traded righthander Ramon Ortiz to the Rockies for minor league infielder Matt Macri. Colorado also placed leadoff hitter Willy Tavares on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.

Selig close to annoouncement on Giambi
Baseball's chief operating officer, Bob DuPuy, said the league's intent "is to open [the season] in Japan next year if at all possible and play exhibition games in China," as the two-day owners' meeting opened in Toronto. DuPuy also said commissioner Bud Selig is close to making an announcement resolving the sport's investigation into Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, whom Selig persuaded to speak with steroids investigator George Mitchell . . . The Reds put shortstop Alex Gonzalez on the bereavement list for the third time this season so he can be with his ill 10-month-old son. Cincinnati filled the roster spot by recalling another former Red Sox infielder, Mark Bellhorn, from Triple A Louisville . . . The Diamondbacks designated righthander Byung Hyun Kim for assisgnment following two awful starts since he was reacquired. Arizona also parted ways with lefthander Joe Kennedy and put infielder Chad Tracy on the 15-day DL . . . The Rangers placed one righthanded starter, Brandon McCarthy (shoulder), on the 15-day DL and activated another, Vicente Padilla, who before last night's start hadn't pitched for Texas since June 21 because of right triceps tendinitis . . . Righthander Adam Eaton was added to the Phillies' DL with right shoulder inflammation. Lefthander Mike Zagurski was recalled from Triple A Ottawa . . . Joe McEwing had an RBI single in the top of the 11th and Jed Lowrie followed with a sacrifice fly as the Pawtucket Red Sox turned back the Ottawa Lynx, 3-1 . . . Dusty Brown homered and drove in four runs to lead the Portland Sea Dogs to a 5-2 road win over the Trenton Thunder.

Hockey

Carpenter among four added to US Hall
Peabody native and former Bruin Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in October, along with goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten, and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes. Induction ceremonies will be held in Grand Forks, N.D., Oct. 13. Carpenter was the first US player to jump from high school (St. John's Prep) to the NHL in 1981, the start to a 19-year career. Vanbiesbrouck, the winningest American-born goalie, played 20 seasons in the NHL. Broten spent 12 years in the league, and MacInnes, who died in 1983, led Michigan Tech to three national championships . . . Free agent forward Josef Vasicek signed a one-year contract with the Islanders . . . Former San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and hit-and-run charges and will serve six months in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) jail . . . Sam Pollock, who built a dynasty as vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1960s and '70s, died at 81. Obituary, Page B7.

Basketball

Raptors' Bosh withdraws from US team
Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh withdrew from US national team training camp in Las Vegas because of a left foot injury. Bosh has plantar fasciitis and will not play in the FIBA Americas tournament that starts next week, USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said. His withdrawal leaves the Americans with 15 players . . . The Connecticut Sun (18-14) pulled within one game of Indiana for second place in the WNBA Eastern Conference, beating the host Fever, 77-74, behind 32 points from Nykesha Sales . . . Kristin Haynie's 14 points paced the Sacramento Monarchs to an 81-74 home win over the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Tennis

Down-and-out result for ailing Nadal
Rafael Nadal, looking nothing like the No. 2 player in the world, struggled in his second-round match and retired during the second set against Juan Monaco at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Mason, Ohio. Nadal, his right knee wrapped and his left wrist aching, took an injury timeout after losing the first-set tiebreaker, and retired trailing, 4-1, in the second set. An exhausted Novak Djokovic, coming off a Montreal Masters title, was beaten, 6-4, 6-1, by Carlos Moya. Roger Federer rebounded from his Montreal loss with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Julien Benneteau, and James Blake stormed past Nicolas Kiefer, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Defending champion Ana Ivanovic was stunned by 169th-ranked Zi Yan, 6-3, 6-1, in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Also ousted were fifth seed Anna Chakvetadze and eight seed Elena Dementieva. No. 1 Justine Henin had no trouble beating Andreja Klepac, 6-3, 6-1 . . . Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo pulled out of the US Open, citing a groin injury and the need to recover from an appendectomy in March.

Miscellany

Beckham plays starting, starring role
It was a night of firsts for David Beckham. The English superstar started his first game for the Galaxy, scored his first goal on a free kick in the 27th minute, and Los Angeles beat D.C. United, 2-0, in the SuperLiga semifinals in Carson, Calif. Beckham also notched his first assist on the Galaxy's second goal and earned his first yellow card before being replaced in the 63d minute . . . Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be taking his familiar No. 8 to Hendrick Motorsports next season. Although racing teams do not own numbers -- they are leased through NASCAR -- Dale Earnhardt Inc. had the first right of refusal on the No. 8 , and Hendrick officials said they were unable to reach an agreement that would have made DEI pass on the number for 2008 . . . The head of the medical commission at the World University Games denied an earlier statement about positive doping tests at the event. Dr. Lawrence Rink said at a news conference in Bangkok that "to date, we have absolutely completed 276 tests and I am happy to report that all tests to date are negative." A day earlier, Rink said there had been positive drug tests, but would not elaborate on how many athletes or identify them, saying the process would have to be completed with provision for possible appeals. "There may be some misunderstanding, but again I repeat that there is no positive test. There is clearly no scandal." . . . Paul Hamm, the Olympic champion, scored a 15.7 on the floor, among the highest of the competition, as the US gymnastics championships got underway at San Jose, Calif. Rowley's Russell Dabritz posted third-place finishes in the pommel horse, still rings, and horizontal bar in the 16-18-year-old junior division . . . The University of Maine softball team was placed on probation for three years and three players were suspended for up to 10 games by the school for hazing violations . . . Cyclist Gerald Ciolek won the sixth stage of the Tour of Germany and defending champion Jens Voigt retained his 33-second overall advantage with two stages remaining.

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