Frazier, Greg, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
United trades Gori to Fusion for picks
D.C. United's Mario Gori, a 25-year-old Argentine defender, has been traded to the Miami Fusion for draft picks. A Major League Soccer source says the move will be announced after tomorrow's Interamerican Cup match between United and Brazil's Vasco da Gama in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gori was with United since the team's inaugural season in '96.
Worried about the widening payroll disparity, owners will meet today to listen to commissioner Bud Selig's assessment. Top baseball officials, speaking on the condition they not be identified, have concluded 15 to 18 of the 30 teams have already been eliminated from playoff contention because they can't generate enough revenue to field a lineup to compete with the best teams.
* In his first words since a serious setback after lung cancer surgery, Joe DiMaggio delivered a spirited message to his doctors. "I want to get the hell out of here and go home," the 84-year-old Hall of Famer said.
* Cleveland is trying to acquire Roger Clemens, who has requested a trade from Toronto. The Blue Jays are believed to be asking for a run-producing outfielder, a second baseman and either a starting pitcher or left-handed reliever. The frontrunners for the 36-year-old right-hander are the Rangers, Astros and Yankees.
* Paul Molitor, 42, announced his retirement from the Minnesota Twins. He played 21 seasons.
* The Boston Red Sox are trying to sign free agent Will Clark, who lost the first-base job in Texas when Rafael Palmeiro signed there Tuesday. Baltimore is also said to be interested.
* Steve Finley, a free-agent center fielder coming off two poor seasons for San Diego, appears headed to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a four-year deal in the $20 million range. …