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The Associated PressApril 20, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Monica Seles, sidelined the past three months with a shoulder injury, announced that she will make her only tune-up for this year’s French Open in a clay-court event in Barcelona next month.

Seles, in town to promote the release of her upcoming autobiography ``Monica: From Fear to Victory,″ has not competed since January. Her injury makes it nearly impossible for her to serve.

The book will be released in mid-June, just after the French Open. It will be the first time she has participated in the Grand Slam event in Paris since she was stabbed on April 30, 1993.

Seles won three consecutive French Open titles from 1990 to 1992.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Actor Charlie Sheen shelled out $5,000 to sit with three friends in a section of Anaheim Stadium in hopes of catching a stray baseball.

Sheen bought out all the seats behind the left-field fence for Friday night’s game between the California Angels and Detroit Tigers. He sat on an aisle about 20 rows back, pounding a glove in anticipation of a home run that never came.

He saw the Angels win 4-3, but he never came in contact with a ball.

Explaining his stunt, Sheen said: ``Anybody can catch a foul ball. I want to catch a fair ball.″

Sheen wanted a ball hit by Detroit’s Cecil Fielder, who went 0-for-3.

``I didn’t want to crawl over the paying public,″ Sheen said. ``I wanted to avoid the violence.″

Sheen, who starred in ``Wall Street,″ recently divorced his wife of nearly six months, saying he married the wrong person.

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FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) _ The new public address announcer for the Hudson Valley Renegades is the first female in New York to hold such a position for a professional sports team.

Lisa Morris, 30, of Poughkeepsie will begin her new duties on June 19, when the Class A minor league club opens its New York-Penn League home season, the team announced Friday.

Morris is one of only four female public address announcers among 201 major and minor league baseball teams in the country. But during a news conference at Dutchess Stadium, she downplayed that angle.

``I think the important thing is that the fans see me as part of the entertainment at the stadium,″ she said, ``not whether I’m male or female.″

Morris succeeds Rick Zolzer, who was known for his quick wit and sarcasm on the microphone. Zolzer and the team parted ways in December.

Morris, the advertising and promotions manager for Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, beat out more than 40 other hopefuls for the position.

In professional baseball, she joins Leslie Sterling, the PA announcer at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox; Sherry Davis, who announces San Francisco Giants’ games at 3Com Park; and Lisa Fielding, who works for the Rockford Cubbies of the Class A Midwest League.

``I’ve always loved baseball,″ Morris told The Poughkeepsie Journal. ``This is going to be a blast.″

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