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Braves, Glavine agree on $34 million deal, best for any pitcher

Tom Glavine will become baseball's highest-paid pitcher after agreeing to a $34 million, four-year contract extension yesterday with the Atlanta Braves.

Glavine's deal gives the Braves an option for 2002 that, if exercised would push the deal's total to $42 million for five seasons. His average annual value of $8.5 million tops the $8.25 million Roger Clemens is averaging under his $24.75 million, three-year contract with Toronto. The deal puts Glavine, a former Cy Young winner, in a tie for fourth-highest among major-league salaries.

Glavine, 31, has 121 wins in the 1990s, more than any pitcher except teammate Greg Maddux (125). Glavine is in the final year of a five-year contract and is earning $5 million this year. He told an Atlanta television station that he expected the deal to be signed today. "I don't see anything to hold it up," he said.

Rangers: Pitcher Roger Pavlik will be sidelined for a minimum of 12 weeks after undergoing right elbow surgery tomorrow.

Hockey

Ex-Canadiens, Leafs coach Burns hired by Bruins

The Boston Bruins made Pat Burns their head coach yesterday, trusting the two-time coach of the year with Toronto and Montreal to restore another traditional NHL franchise.

Burns, 45, becomes only the second man to coach three of the NHL's "Original Six" teams, and the first since Dick Irvin joined the Canadiens in 1940 after coaching the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Irvin took all three to the Stanley Cup finals. Michael Chang lost to Goran Ivanisevic, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, but that was the only loss for the United States as it beat Croatia, 2-1, in the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany.

After Chang's loss, Alex O'Brien, filling in for injured Pete Sampras, scored an emphatic 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sasa Hirszon to even things out at 1-1, and then played a part in the deciding doubles when he joined with Jonathan Stark to defeat Hirszon and Ivanisevic, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Elsewhere: Monica Seles breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Maria Antonia Sanchez of Spain in the second round of the Yellow Pages Open in Madrid. Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the No. 3 seed, rebounded to defeat Romania's Catalina Crislea, 4-6, 6-0, 6-0. Top-seeded Thomas Muster beat Argentina's Hernan Gumy, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, to move into the quarterfinals at the Raifeissen Grand Prix in St. Poelten, Austria.

Et cetera

Erving, J. Washington team up for racing first

Julius Erving and Joe Washington are giving NASCAR's Winston Cup series its first minority-owned full-time racing team in 25 years.

The two said they have formed Washington Erving Motorsports and will begin fielding Fords on stock car racing's premier circuit next year.

Erving, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and former Baltimore Colts running back Washington outlined their plans in a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team has begun interviewing potential drivers, and Washington said it hopes to land a top-10 driver.

Other auto racing: Geoff Bodine was knocked unconscious briefly in a crash during practice at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Bodine, preparing for tonight's first round of time trials for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup race, slammed into the first-turn concrete retaining wall during an afternoon practice and was taken to a nearby hospital for further tests. Jeff Gordon won the pole, marking the fourth consecutive year he will have the top starting spot for the longest race on the Winston Cup circuit.

Pro football: Bryan Cox sued the NFL and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue while awaiting an appeal of his $87,500 fine for making an obscene gesture to an official during a game against Green Bay Oct. 6 in Soldier Field. The Bears linebacker charges the NFL is "engaged in a pattern of adverse actions" against him. Tired of being sued by members of its ownership group, the NFL is expected to adopt a rule that makes any owner who sues the league responsible for all legal fees should that owner lose the lawsuit.

Olympics: The IOC executive committee said this week it found no proof to support accusations that Roy Jones Jr. was cheated out of the gold medal by dishonest judges in the 1988 Olympics, but officials agreed Jones deserved "significant recognition" for his boxing achievements, the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph reported. Jones will be awarded the Olympic Order, the IOC's highest honor, sources told the newspaper. Jones will become only the fifth U.S. athlete so honored, joining Jesse Owens, Al Oerter, Anita DeFrantz and Arthur Ashe.

The quiz

Basketball triple crown

K. C. Jones, who last week was hired to coach the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League, is one of seven men to win an Olympic gold medal and NCAA and NBA titles. Name the others. (Answer, 8D)

Quiz answer

Bill Russell, Clyde Lovellette, Jerry Lucas, Quinn Buckner, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

Pub Date: 5/22/97

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