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Yankees in hole with Giambi on DL


First base became a trouble spot for the Yankees Friday night. Jason Giambi, who sprained his right ankle when he stepped into a hole after rounding first in a loss at Texas, went on the disabled list yesterday for the first time in his 10-year career. Giambi is hitting .270 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. Tony Clark becomes the regular first baseman, despite a .208 average, three homers, and eight RBIs in 29 games. Giambi, who missed three games in the last week because of problems with his upper back and hip, wasn't consulted before the move was made. His roster spot went to rookie outfielder Bubba Crosby, who was sent to Triple A Columbus May 2 when Kenny Lofton came off the DL . . . The news wasn't all grim for the Yankees. Steve Karsay threw two innings in a simulated game for the second time in four days and could be ready to pitch in an extended spring training game next Saturday, which would be his first such action since rotator cuff surgery a year ago . . . Even though he doesn't know where the team will play, 68-year-old Frank Robinson said he'd be willing to come back and manage the Expos next season. One possible home is Northern Virginia, where the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, an investment group hoping to bring a major league baseball team to the area, unveiled plans for a stadium near Dulles International Airport.


Navratilova wins 174th, Schaul 1st

On the day Martina Navratilova recorded her 174th WTA title, Claudine Schaul won her first. Navratilova enjoyed a strong warmup for the French Open, teaming with Lisa Raymond to win the doubles title at the Vienna Grand Prix. They beat Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs, 6-2, 7-5. Meanwhile, top-seeded Lindsay Davenport was upset in the Strasbourg (France) Open final by Luxembourg's Schaul. The world's 66th-ranked player won, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3, against Davenport, a winner of three majors . . . Sam Cassell was held out of practice because of a bad back, but Minnesota's point guard plans to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against LA tonight . . . Keeper Tim Howard became the first American to win an FA Cup final as Manchester United beat Millwall, 3-0, in Cardiff, Wales . . . Patriots backup Rohan Davey threw four TD passes to rally Berlin to a 31-27 victory over Frankfurt in NFL Europe . . . Offensive lineman Steve Trapilo, a Boston College star in the 1980s who went on to play in the NFL, died Friday night in Norwell of apparent heart failure, the Boston Herald reported. He was 39 . . . Floyd Mayweather Jr. overpowered DeMarcus Corley in Atlantic City, N.J., capturing a unanimous decision in his first fight as a 140-pounder . . . Jean-Marc Mormeck retained his WBA cruiserweight title, unanimously outpointing Virgil Hill in Brakpan, South Africa.