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Yanks reveal Jeter played with ruptured thumb tendon

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played the American League Championship Series and the World Series with a ruptured tendon in his left thumb.

General manager Brian Cashman made the disclosure Tuesday after the team's news conference to announce Don Mattingly's return as hitting coach. Cashman said the team would wait about two more weeks to determine if the tendon, injured in the opener of the series against the Red Sox, would heal with about three weeks of rest. If not, it would require surgery.

Mattingly replaces Rick Down, fired last week after New York hit just .140 with runners in scoring position during its World Series loss to Florida.

Also, Willie Randolph, the third-base coach the past 10 years, becomes bench coach in place of Don Zimmer, who quit the day after the Series loss, saying he would never again work for George Steinbrenner.

The Yankees also decided not to keep pitcher David Wells, 40, opting to pay a $1-million buyout instead of giving him $6-million to return next season.

MARTINEZ STAYS: Designated hitter Edgar Martinez will rejoin the Mariners for 2004, his 18th season in the majors. He agreed to a one-year deal.

MARLINS MONEY: Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a plan to commit $73-million in tax money toward a new ballpark for World Series champion Florida.

PRE-OLYMPICS: The United States (2-0) defeated Colombia 10-0 in a game shortened to seven innings at the Americas pre-Olympic tournament in Panama City, Panama. The win set up a battle for first in Group B with Panama (3-0).

RUNNING P. Diddy honored

Hip hop artist Sean Combs was selected USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week for completing the New York City Marathon and raising $2-million for charity. Known as "P. Diddy," Combs finished the 26.2-mile course in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 54 seconds. He was 11,337th among 34,662 finishers. The money will be divided among the New York public school system and the Children's Hope Foundation and Daddy's House Social Programs.

COLLEGES Tampa wins soccer opener

Host Tampa (15-4-0) won its opening game 2-1 over Eckerd in the Sunshine State Conference women's tournament. Samantha Robinson scored both for the Spartans. Jessica Rousseau scored for Eckerd. In men's tournament play, top-ranked and top-seeded Lynn defeated Eckerd 6-1 at Boca Raton.

C-USA SOCCER: USF goalkeeper Breck Bankster was named co-defensive player of the year as Conference USA announced its annual awards. Bankster was joined on the all-conference first team by teammate Kate Reed, a midfielder. Bankster, who led the conference in saves with 107 and had four shutouts, shared the defensive honor with East Carolina's Penny Perrott. DePaul forward Julianne Sitch was selected offensive player of the year and UAB's Paul Harbin was named coach of the year.

GOLF: The USF women had their streak of two tournament titles end with a seventh-place finish in the 18-team Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate at Kiawah Island, S.C.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: USF received an oral commitment from Nikki Munneke, a 6-foot-1 forward from Lino Lakes, Minn.

BASEBALL: Florida freshman Brandon McArthur of Seffner was hospitalized in serious condition with a head injury, the result of being punched in the face outside a nightclub last Thursday. Police said they are still looking for the person who hit McArthur.

ET CETERA

FUTURES GOLF: Stella Lee of South Korea shot 68 to lead 300 hopefuls from 28 nations after the first round of the Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament on three Lakeland courses. Naree Song, a Florida freshman from Bradenton, was tied for second a stroke back.

_ PETE YOUNG, TIMES WIRES

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