Former all-star outfielder Mike Greenwell is again a league leader--this time in ejections from Little League games.
Greenwell, coaching an all-star team of 9- and 10-year-olds in Fort Myers, Fla., was thrown out of a game by volunteer umpire Steve Ward for the second time this year on Tuesday.
No other coach has been ejected in more than 400 county and all-star tournament games during the past two months, a league administrator said.
Ward said Greenwell shoved him, threatened him and cursed during an argument over a call at second base in the latest confrontation between the two.
Greenwell denied using obscene language.
"This guy targeted me," said Greenwell, a .303 career hitter who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1985 until 1996. "He gets to go to work and brag he threw me out of a Little League game. . . . This umpire threw me out of a county tournament game a month ago. It's like he makes purposely bad calls to have this confrontation with me."
Ward, a 37-year-old computer programmer, denied seeking a confrontation with Greenwell, 35.
"If I was out to get Mike or his team, why would I do that?" Ward said. "I have no reason to go after Mike. What benefit would I have gained?"
John Morris, a Little League coach and former outfielder at LSU, witnessed Greenwell's latest outburst.
"That's not a good role model at all," Morris said. "Mike Greenwell, being the player that he was, I would think that he would show a little more self-restraint. . . . I think he was kind of reliving his days back in Boston. But now in Little League, you don't do that."
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The NFL acquired an option in February to buy as much as 49.9 percent of the league over three years, part of its strategy to reach fans who can't afford tickets or live outside of its prime markets. . . .
Wide receiver Terrell Owens reached a seven-year contract agreement with the San Francisco 49ers worth at least $23 million. The contract includes a signing bonus of $7.5 million and an escalator clause that could push the total value of the deal to as much as $35 million.
Jennifer Capriati, slowly reviving a troubled career, won 11 of the final 14 games and defeated unheralded Erika deLone, 7-5, 6-2, to advance to the final of the A&P Tennis Classic in Mahwah, N.J.
Chanda Rubin, just as Capriati a two-time winner of this event, also got a chance for a third title by defeating Amanda Coetzer, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), in the second semifinal. Rubin had to be treated for dehydration after the match. . . .
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Woodson Hires Coach
W.T. Woodson has hired former West Springfield girls soccer coach Jim Abt to replace Jay D'Allesandro, who left the team to pursue a career in real estate after leading the Cavaliers to two Virginia AAA state titles in three years.
Abt coached West Springfield from 1995 to 1997, winning a state championship in his first season. He teaches at Robert Frost Intermediate, which is next door to Woodson in Fairfax. "We're very fortunate that he was available," Woodson Athletic Director Tom Casey said. "Everyone I spoke to said, 'If you have a chance to get Jim Abt, get him.' "