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PHOENIX (AP) _ The $660 million sale of the Boston Red Sox to a group led by Florida Marlins owner John Henry was approved Wednesday by baseball owners.

Acting with a speed seldom seen in the sport, owners approved the controversial deal less than one month after the team agreed to it with Henry's group.

Because the Red Sox spurned higher offers _ $755 million from New York lawyer Miles Prentice and $750 million from Cablevision Systems Corp. chairman Charles Dolan _ Boston chief executive officer John Harrington and baseball commissioner Bud Selig have been accused of steering the deal to Henry's group, filled with connected baseball veterans.

Among Henry's partners are former San Diego owner Tom Werner, former Padres and Baltimore Orioles president Larry Lucchino and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who served on Selig's latest economic study.

``I'm not concerned about the way John Harrington handled the sale or his people,'' Selig said, ``or the way major league baseball handled the sale.''