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Yankees end suit over marketing

The Yankees and adidas dropped their antitrust lawsuit against baseball Thursday, and owner George Steinbrenner was reinstated to the sport's ruling executive council.

The team and the sporting goods company sued baseball May 6, alleging the sport interfered with the $95-million, 10-year marketing agreement the Yankees and adidas America agreed to in March 1997.

Seven days later, the council suspended Steinbrenner, one of the four American League owners on baseball's ruling body.

As part of the settlement, baseball and adidas signed a licensing and advertising agreement. In an unannounced part of the deal, the Yankees agreed to comply with the Major League Agreement and pay the legal fees of the commissioner's office, which totaled about $500,000, the Associated Press reported.

Adidas did not gain the right to display its logo on official uniforms and jackets. In announcing the settlement, baseball extended Russell Athletic's uniform licensing deal, Majestic Athletic's batting-practice jersey contract and Starter Corp.'s outer-wear contracts through 1999.

In addition, baseball extended its caps deal with New Era through 2003 and signed adidas, Nike and Reebok as marketing partners, giving them the right to use team uniforms in advertising both in the United States and overseas.

In other Yankees news, left-hander Graeme Lloyd, who has not pitched in more than a week, was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed shoulder. The move was made retroactive to April

22. Right-hander Mike Buddie was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take Lloyd's place.

SEMI-STREAKER SENTENCED: Paul O'Grady, who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium during the 1996 World Series with a taunt to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani written on his bare back, was sentenced to 10 days' community service for criminal trespass. Judge Robert Torres had ruled out defense efforts to show O'Grady was singled out for prosecution because of politics.

BLUE JAYS: OF Jose Canseco left in the seventh after fouling a ball off the inside of his left knee. He was diagnosed with a contusion and was listed as day-to-day. Reliever Kelvim Escobar is scheduled to start his rehab assignment Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse.


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