Jim Tracy is moving from one of baseball's biggest markets to one of its smallest, from a team that spends big and thinks big to one with more modest expectations following 13 consecutive losing seasons.
To Tracy, who signed a three-year contract yesterday to become the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager after five mostly successful seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it's not the size of the city or the payroll that matters most but the talent. And he sees the same kind of young talent in Pittsburgh that he saw in Los Angeles in 2001.
"Challenges are something that I like very, very much," Tracy said. "I like hearing people say or maybe think that this is a situation you don't have a chance to succeed in, I'm very challenged by that."
The Pirates were 67-95 this season. . . .
Wayne Terwilliger, the 80-year-old manager who was once Jackie Robinson's backup as a player, retired after 57 seasons in professional baseball.
Terwilliger this season coached the independent Fort Worth Cats to the Central Baseball League championship. When the Cats won at Shreveport, La., on June 27, his 80th birthday, the manager known as "Twig" joined Connie Mack as the only octogenarian managers in baseball history.
* HOCKEY: Coach Lindy Ruff received a one-year contract extension from the Buffalo Sabres, who are off to a fine start after missing the playoffs three times in a row.
Ruff's contract now runs through the 2006-07 season. The move comes after the Sabres improved to 3-1 following a 3-2 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Monday.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: After more than four inches of rain this past weekend, Delaware Stadium has been deemed "unplayable," forcing the Blue Hens to play at Richmond on Saturday.
* HORSE RACING: Hurricane Run, winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, won't run in the Breeders' Cup because of a cough. Trainer Andre Fabre said his 3-year-old colt -- considered the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Turf at New York's Belmont Park on Oct. 29 -- wasn't in top form.
* SOCCER: D.C. United forward Freddy Adu, who scored a spectacular goal against Real Salt Lake last Wednesday, was named MLS player of the week for the second time this season.
* AUTO RACING: The ChampCar World Series will switch from the Lola chassis to the American-built Panoz in 2007 to reduce costs and attempt to attract additional teams.
* OBITUARY: Angelo Argea, who spent two decades as Jack Nicklaus's caddie and became an iconic figure for his shock of silver hair, died of liver cancer in Canton, Ohio. He was 75.
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