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Delgado's agent keeps lines of communication open

Carlos Delgado's agent spoke yesterday with all four teams pursuing the free agent first baseman, giving no indication whether his client was moving toward a decision on which team to sign with. "I had extensive telephone conversations [yesterday] with representatives of the Mets, Orioles, and Rangers, and a face-to-face meeting with the Marlins due to the proximity," agent David Sloane, who lives in Florida, said in an e-mail. "We talked about all aspects of their respective offers, and I expect to talk with them all again [today]." . . . Ryk Neethling of South Africa broke the world record in the 100-meter medley by clocking 52.11 seconds at a short-course World Cup swim meet in Berlin. The record was only four days old -- another South African, Roland Schoeman, had posted a time of 52.51 at another short-course meet in Stockholm. Schoeman, who failed to make the medley final, equaled another world record when he clocked 46.25 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, tying the mark of American Ian Crocker. In the afternoon session, Schoeman captured his second race of the day in the 50-meter butterfly, winning in 22.92, and Therese Alshammar of Sweden took the women's 50-meter freestyle, clocking a World Cup record 24.03. American Ed Moses finished second in the 50-meter and 200-meter breaststroke . . . There was no sign of foul play in the death of Memphis Grizzlies broadcaster Don Poier, who was found dead in the team's hotel before a game against the Denver Nuggets, said investigators in Denver. "I'm being told by our homicide commander there is nothing suspicious about the death," police spokesman John White said. The body of the 53-year-old longtime announcer was found Friday. The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy found no sign of trauma, coroner investigator Raylene Smith said.

Snow costs Miller sweeping chance

Bode Miller's chance for a rare sweep of five events in a season ended when a World Cup downhill was postponed because of wet snow, forcing the cancellation of the combined in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The race will be rescheduled in Kvitfjell, Norway, the International Ski Federation said. Organizers called off the Hahnenkamm downhill for the first time in 12 years but the slalom was expected to run today despite predictions of poor weather. In December, Miller won a night slalom for a sweep of all four disciplines -- slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, and downhill . . . Tina Maze of Slovenia won a World Cup giant slalom for the third time this season, in Maribor, Slovenia, while Lindsey Kildow of the United States enjoyed her best result in the event by finishing ninth. Maze finished her two runs in 2 minutes 16.36 seconds for her fourth career title and third in two months. American Julia Mancuso shared fifth place in another strong showing by the US . . . American Jennifer Rodriguez set personal records in the 500 and 1,000 meters and led after the first day of racing at the World Sprint Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah. Rodriguez cut two-10ths of a second off her best 500 time, finishing in 37.96 seconds. She came back in the 1,000 with a 1:14.05, .01 better than her previous best. Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon, a four-time world sprint champion, was in the lead on the men's side . . . The Swiss team of Martin Annen and Beat Hefti edged the Canadian duo of Pierre Lueders and Lascelles Brown by six-100ths of a second to win a men's World Cup two-man bobsled race in Cesana Pariol, Italy . . . Colby College All-American and New Hampshire native Warner Nickerson won the silver medal for the men's combined at the 2005 FIS World University Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Friday night . . . US national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller shined in his Bundesliga debut, helping Borussia Moenchengladbach edge Arminia Bielefeld, 1-0. Keller was one of six new players who helped the team move further from the relegation zone.

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