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The Angels traded left-hander Brian Anderson to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for right-handed pitchers Jason Grimsley and Pep Harris.

Last year, Anderson, 23, was 6-8 with a 5.87 ERA in 18 games for California, 17 of them starts. He has a career record of 13-13 with a 5.46 ERA.

Anderson grew up near Cleveland in Geneva, Ohio, and pitched at Wright State University in Dayton. If he wins the fifth starter's spot, he would be the only left-hander in the Indians' rotation.

Grimsley, 28, spent parts of 1993 and '94 with the Indians, going 8-6 with a 4.82 ERA, and he was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Buffalo last year. He previously pitched for Philadelphia.

Harris, 23, was 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA and 10 saves as a reliever for Double-A Canton-Akron last season.

Indians pitcher Jack McDowell was in a minor traffic accident but was not hurt, the team said.

McDowell had visited some of his former Chicago White Sox teammates in Sarasota, Fla., and was on his way back to Winter Haven, where the Indians train, when his car slid off a rain-drenched road into a ditch in Bartow.

FOOTBALL

The Atlanta Falcons made Bob Whitfield the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Whitfield signed a five-year contract reported to be worth about $15.5 million - an average of $3.1 million a year.

The Dallas Cowboys took care of their top offseason priority by making Darren Woodson the highest paid safety in NFL history. The Cowboys and Woodson worked out a six-year deal worth $18 million with a $5.4 million signing bonus.

Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene was hired as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive line coach.

OLYMPICS

Former President Jimmy Carter, country music star Garth Brooks and NBA center Shaquille O'Neal will join a cast of thousands of ordinary folks to bring the Olympic flame to Atlanta. Olympic organizers named 5,500 "community heroes" and 800 Olympians to participate in the torch relay, which begins April 27 in Los Angeles and will pass through 42 states.

GOLF

NBC, which already has locked up TV rights to the Olympics through 2008 and part of baseball through 2000, announced that it has the Ryder Cup and the PGA Seniors' Championship through 2005.

Rains washed out the first day of the South African PGA Championship in Johannesburg, and forecasters said wet weather could persist through next week.

BOXING

The British Boxing Board refused Joe Bugner a license to fight in Britain. Although the 45-year-old heavyweight recently won the Australian title, the board refused him permission to fight British champion Scott Welch in London, calling his fights "two contests not of high standard."

BASKETBALL

New York Knickerbockers forward Charles Oakley broke his right thumb in Wednesday night's loss at Charlotte, an injury that will sideline him for approximately six weeks. Oakley underwent surgery at Beth Israel Hospital in New York.

New Jersey Nets shooting guard Kendall Gill is scheduled to have surgery today to repair an unstable fracture in his left hand and he will be sidelined at least a month.

TENNIS

Sandon Stolle of Australia, building on his stunning defeat of top-ranked Thomas Muster the previous day, rallied to beat Andrei Cherkasov of Russia 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at the Dubai Open in the United Arab Emirates. The pony-tailed Stolle, 25, is unseeded and ranked 161 in the world.

Second-seeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals of the $514,000 Marseille Open in France with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Britain's Tim Henman.

ETC.

Serena's Song, 1995's champion 3-year-old filly, will be the high weight in Saturday's Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita. Serena's Song, assigned 124 pounds, will be making her second start of the season following her victory in the Grade I Santa Monica Handicap Jan. 27. The field includes Silverbulletlover, Real Connection, British Bauble, Klassy Kim and Twice the Vice. . . .

Mary Decker Slaney, who had considered running in the L.A. Invitational Track Meet on Feb. 24 at the Sports Arena, will not run. . . .

The Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Craig Muni and a No. 1 draft choice to the Winnipeg Jets for defenseman Darryl Shannon and left wing Michal Grosek.
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