Charlie Manuel was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday to replace Larry Bowa as manager, taking over a talented but underachieving club that hasn't reached the playoffs since 1993.
Manuel, 60, managed the Cleveland Indians from 2000 to '02.
Manuel spent the last two seasons working as a special assistant to Phillies GM Ed Wade and serving as an instructor and a scout at the major and minor league levels. He was the second of the eight candidates interviewed by the Phillies after Bowa was fired with two games remaining in a disappointing season in which the Phillies finished 10 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. . . .
The New York Mets introduced Willie Randolph as their 18th manager. Randolph was given a three-year contract and knows an immediate turnaround is expected. After 11 seasons as a coach with the New York Yankees, he has an idea about the importance of success and the intolerance of failure.
"New Yorkers walk with a swagger. They're tough-minded. I think their team should represent that," Randolph said. . . .
Tampa Bay center fielder Rocco Baldelli hurt his left knee playing baseball at his Cumberland, R.I., home and will undergo surgery today. The Devil Rays said he was injured while playing in the backyard with his younger brother, Dante Baldelli. Specific details of the injury were not released. . . .
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams filed for free agency after the team told his agent it will decline his $8 million option and pay him a $900,000 buyout.
* TENNIS: Top-seeded Andy Roddick and defending champion Tim Henman were upset in the third round of the Paris Masters.
Roddick lost, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, to qualifier Max Mirnyi; Henman was beaten, 7-5, 6-1, by unseeded Mikhail Youzhny.
Roddick lost his composure in a second set riddled with errors and marked by a running feud with umpire Lars Graff. With Mirnyi leading 3-1, Roddick questioned a call and then asked Graff: "Do you play golf?"
The chair umpire said, "No."
Roddick replied: "Good, because if you did, you should use your mulligan on that call."
At the changeover, Roddick continued arguing. He then pointed to a spot at the back of the court with his racket and urged Graff to look.
Roddick said later that he was "more mad at myself" than at the official.
Hewitt's next opponent will be sixth-seeded Marat Safin, who beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-2, 7-5.
Youzhny, who recently won his second career title at St. Petersburg, faces a quarterfinal against Radek Stepanek, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over 17th-seeded Vince Spadea. . . .
Venus Williams needed a third-set tiebreaker to defeat 87th-ranked Yuliana Fedek, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), in the second round of the Advanta Tennis Championships in Villanova, Pa.
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Iveta Benesova, 6-2, 6-2.
Second-seeded Anastasia Myskina struggled but held on to beat Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios 6-4, 7-6 (7-0).
* OLYMPICS: International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge urged Beijing to step up preparations for the 2008 Games, saying the city should move beyond the planning stage and press ahead with building facilities.
-- From News Services