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Belle cleared in gambling investigation

A 14-month investigation into the gambling habits of the White Sox's Albert Belle uncovered no evidence he bet on baseball or participated in any activity that would result in a suspension, the Chicago Tribune reported today.

Acting commissioner Bud Selig confirmed receiving the report Monday. Selig said it was premature to comment on the report, which has been passed along to lawyers for the commissioner's office and the players union.

Kevin Hallinan, baseball's executive director of security and facility management, investigated Belle after he admitted to gambling losses in a deposition taken for a since-settled civil suit.

ANGELS: Precautionary X-rays on Chuck Finley's left elbow were normal, and an exam revealed nothing more than a bruisesustained when Finley was hit by a Chad Kreuter liner Saturday night. . . . Ex-player Tony Phillips, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in November, has completed a drug diversion program that could clear his record. Phillips, 39, remains free on his own recognizance.

ROYALS: OF Jeff Conine worked out and was expected to be activated today after missing the first part of the season with a strained stomach muscle.

GIBSON ADDED: The league added Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson to its staff as a special adviser to league president Gene Budig.

HONORS: Player of the week Ivan Rodriguez of Texas had 13 hits and batted .520 with 1 HR and 4 RBI.

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