BUZZ RAINED OUT AGAIN: For the second consecutive day, rain postponed Pacific Coast League baseball at Franklin Quest Field. Monday's game between the Salt Lake Buzz and Fresno Grizzlies has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Aug. 8. The teams wrap up their first series Tuesday night at 7.

YANKEE STADIUM GIRDER FALLS: A 500-pound steel joint smashed into the Yankee Stadium stands, forcing postponement of two games between the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels and possibly shifting another to Shea Stadium.

The steel chunk - dating to the park's original 1923 construction - fell an estimated 40 feet from the underside of the upper deck into the mezzanine section and landed on seats between third base and left field at about 2 p.m.

The game and another night game Tuesday were postponed, and the Yankees said they would play the Angels at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

STRAWBERRY, PIAZZA HONORED: New York Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry was selected player of the week for the first time in seven seasons after hitting three homers and driving in eight runs last week.

Strawberry won the AL award Monday after leading the league in batting (.563), slugging percentage (1.313) and on-base percentage (.650). Los Angeles catcher Mike Piazza was selected NL player of the week after going 9-for-23 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.

BUHNER PLACED ON DL: Seattle Mariners outfielder Jay Buhner was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a swollen left knee.

The Mariners recalled Ryan Radmanovich from Triple-A Tacoma.


HOWARD'S ATTORNEY COUNTERATTACKS: Juwan Howard's attorney is trying to turn the focus onto the accuser in a sexual assault complaint against Howard and Washington Wizards teammate Chris Webber.

Reacting to what he called "intense media coverage and public interest," attorney Billy Martin went public Monday night with the results of his own investigation into what happened at a party thrown by Howard in the early hours of April 6.

Martin said he had a list of 18 witnesses he would turn over to the Montgomery County, Md., police department.

CASSELL EARNS NBA AWARD: New Jersey's Sam Cassell, who averaged 30.0 points and 11.0 assists last week, was selected the NBA player of the week Monday.


JETS GET MARTIN THROUGH 2002: Curtis Martin exercised a four-year option in his contract to remain with the New York Jets through 2002.

Martin signed an offer sheet with the Jets last month that New England refused to match. The deal allowed Martin to choose between becoming a free agent again after the '98 season or adding five years to the deal.

COOKE DISPUTE SETTLED: A year after Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke died and left his wife nothing, his heirs reached a secret settlement with the widow, estate lawyers said.

The agreement resolves lawsuits filed by Marlena Ramallo Cooke and by lawyers for the estimated $825 million estate, and averts a trial scheduled for April 20.


TYSON BACK IN NOVEMBER? Mike Tyson could return to the ring in November if Nevada officials give him back the license they revoked for biting Evander Holy-field's ears, an adviser to Tyson said.

KING TRIAL OPENS: Don King's criminal trial opened with Assistant U.S. Attorney Baruch Weiss telling jurors that the promoter didn't fight fair when he faked an insurance contract in 1991 after a bout was canceled.

MAXWELL ENTERS JAIL: Charlotte Hornets guard Vernon Maxwell began serving a 90-day jail sentence resulting from a 1995 marijuana possession case.


MODANO SIGNS 6-YEAR DEAL: The Dallas Stars signed injured center Mike Modano to a six-year, $43.5 million contract.