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'I've been around the block a few times, and you can read the landscape. I knew ... that my days were numbered.- Joe Kerrigan, on being fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox

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Speedy search in Boston

The Boston Red Sox received permission Wednesday to talk with Cleveland bench coach Grady Little in their effort to hire a new manager by the weekend. That doesn't mean he's the leading candidate to succeed Joe Kerrigan, who was fired Tuesday by the new owners, interim general manager Mike Port said.

Oakland bench coach Ken Macha has been mentioned as a possibility, Boston interim manager Mike Cubbage said he wants a chance, and Port said individuals are being considered who do not need permission to talk with the Red Sox.

"The process is inching along," Port said. With their first game looming April 1, the Red Sox want to conduct a comprehensive but speedy search

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Ivy league in tourney

The Ivy League usually misses out on the first part of March Madness. Not this season. Pennsylvania's 64-48 victory over Princeton on Tuesday night forced a three-way tie for first place in the only conference that doesn't have a postseason tournament.

That means Penn, Princeton, and Yale will have a playoff to determine which team wins an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

Princeton played Yale yesterday. The winner faces Penn at Lafayette on Saturday for the right to represent the Ivy League. The Quakers got a bye because of their 3-1 record against Princeton and Yale. "It's great that we have a banner to hang in our gym, but the trip to the tournament is what everyone is playing for," says Penn guard Andrew Toole.

Sosa in the movies

Warner Bros. studios plans to make a movie about the life of Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs slugger said in an interview published in a Dominican newspaper Monday.

Sosa said he has signed a contract with Warner Bros., giving the company rights to make a movie about his life. Sosa said he would like to play himself in some scenes. "I don't think they'll find a double who can play me better than myself when batting is involved."

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