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STUDENT'S CHARITY MOVES BOSS

A young Yankees fan in Arkansas who saved $1,000 so he could take himself to a game in the Bronx gave up the money to help keep his school open. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner found out and invited the boy to a game. "Jonathan, I couldn't be more proud of you," Steinbrenner wrote to Jonathan Farrar, 12, a student in the Midland School District of Pleasant Plains. "I agree with you when you said, "The New York Yankees are important to me, but my school is more important.' "

The state Board of Education had considered merging Midland schools into a surrounding district but voted to keep the district alive after townspeople raised $400,000 to cover a pro-jected budget shortfall.

Also, right-hander Carl Pavano threw for about 15 minutes on level ground in Tampa in his comeback from a shoulder injury.

ANGELS: Anaheim officials plan to ask a judge to order the team to drop Los Angeles from its name despite last week's jury ruling that it did not breach a contract by calling itself the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

REDS: Slugger Adam Dunn, expected to play first base this season, agreed to a two-year, $18.5-million deal.

BROADCASTING: Former pitcher Orel Hershiser rejoined ESPN as a studio analyst.

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