New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman is staying with the only team he's ever worked for, agreeing yesterday to a three-year contract worth more than $5 million.

"I am very happy that Brian will continue as general manager," team owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. "Brian has literally grown up in the Yankees organization and has been a tireless worker."

With the decisions of Cashman and Manager Joe Torre to stay with the Yankees, New York can start on its offseason moves next week.

Meantime, Yankees catcher John Flaherty, outfielder Matt Lawton, pitcher Felix Rodriguez and designated hitter Ruben Sierra filed for free agency. . . .

Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar and third baseman Bill Mueller filed for free agency. . . .

Seattle Mariners Manager Mike Hargrove filled openings on his staff by hiring Jeff Pentland as hitting coach and Rafael Chaves as pitching coach. . . . Joe Vavra was named hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins. . . . Tim McCleary was fired as assistant general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

* COLLEGES: The NCAA placed the University of Illinois on probation for one year because a booster improperly provided payments and other benefits to a football prospect, major violations of NCAA rules that occurred between April 2003 and January 2004.

Major violations generally draw a minimum penalty of two year's probation but the NCAA's infractions committee chose a lesser penalty because the university has a good record of rules compliance, reported the infraction and cooperated throughout the investigation. The probation does not affect football scholarships or bowl eligibility.

* OLYMPICS: Sprinter Jerome Young was formally stripped of his relay gold medal from the 2000 Olympics for a positive doping test a year before the games.

Young was a member of the winning U.S. 1,600-meter relay squad in Sydney. He ran in the preliminaries but not the final. Michael Johnson ran the anchor leg for the fifth and final gold medal of his Olympic career.

* SOCCER: The Toronto city council approved funds for a proposed soccer stadium, clearing a major obstacle for the city to receive an MLS expansion team to begin play in 2007.

* GOLF: Lonnie Nielsen took a one-shot lead at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Sonoma (Calif.) Golf Club with 6-under 66.

-- From News Services

Yankees GM Brian Cashman discusses his 3-year contract extension worth more than $5 million. "I am very happy," owner George Steinbrenner said.