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July 8, 2004

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Matsui, Abreu added

New York -- Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui and Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu earned the final spots on the All-Star teams in Internet fan voting completed Wednesday.

Matsui became the seventh member of the Yankees to make the 32-man AL squad. He has been an All-Star in both of his seasons since leaving Japan.

Matsui is batting .282 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Abreu made the All-Star team for the first time. The right fielder was batting .301 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs going into Wednesday night's game against the New York Mets.

Matsui beat out Minnesota's Lew Ford, Cleveland's Travis Hafner, and Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko of the White Sox for the last spot.

Matsui joined New York teammates Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Tom Gordon on the AL team. Jeter, Giambi and Rodriguez were elected by fans to starting infield spots.

Abreu topped Arizona's Steve Finley, Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall, Florida's Juan Pierre and the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez for the final NL slot.

The All-Star game will be played Tuesday at Houston.

College Basketball

Coach K supports Snyder

Kansas City, Mo. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say Wednesday about Missouri coach Quin Snyder, a former Blue Devils player and assistant caught up in an NCAA investigation.

"Quin is like a member of my family," Krzyzewski said. "I love Quin."

Krzyzewski, speaking to reporters after an appearance on behalf of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, said he regularly spoke to Snyder.

Earlier this month, Missouri acknowledged Snyder had violated NCAA rules, but said most of the violations were unintentional. Missouri also denied that one of Snyder's former assistants gave former player Ricky Clemons $250.

Still, Snyder received a letter of reprimand, was placed on two years' internal probation and had his base salary frozen for two years.

"In everyone's life, you're going to have some problems," Krzyzewski said.

"He's had a really, really difficult year, and I'm proud of the way he's stood up to it."

NBA

Pacers sign Harrison

Indianapolis -- The Indiana Pacers signed first-round draft pick David Harrison on Wednesday.

Harrison, a 7-foot, 285-pound center, was the last player picked in the first round of the NBA draft, selected 29th overall. He signed a three-year deal worth about $2.2 million, with a rookie-season salary of $696,300.

Harrison averaged 15 points and eight rebounds in three seasons at Colorado before leaving after his junior season.

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