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Thu., Feb. 3, 2011

Agreed Former Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella is staying right in the baseball mix. The longtime manager said he agreed to a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to work as a special assistant for the World Series champions. The 67-year-old Piniella retired as a manager during the 2010 season with the Chicago Cubs in order to return home to Tampa, Fla., and help his ailing mother, 91-year-old Margaret.

Sidelined Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden will be sidelined four to six weeks because of lingering problems with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The injury has cost Gooden 21 games this season, including the past six. Gooden signed a $32 million, five-year contract in the offseason. He’s averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 25 games this season.

• New York Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko, already out with a separated shoulder, will be sidelined for three more weeks after undergoing an appendectomy. The Rangers say Fedotenko had surgery at the New York University Tisch Hospital in Manhattan.

Hired USA Swimming hired longtime University of Arizona coach Frank Busch as its national team director, a spot left vacant for 21/2 months after Mark Schubert was fired. Busch begins his new job in May, barely a year before the opening of the 2012 London Olympics.

Switched The Philadelphia Eagles searched far and wide for a new defensive coordinator. In the end, they found a familiar face right in their own backyard. Juan Castillo, who spent 13 seasons as an Eagles offensive line coach and has been with the organization for 16 years, will switch over to the defensive side of the ball, and replace Sean McDermott, who was fired on Jan. 15.

Arrested Former Southern California backup quarterback Mitch Mustain was arrested on suspicion of selling prescription drugs in the San Fernando Valley, police said. Mustain, 22, was arrested by narcotics officers shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday and booked on $30,000 bail, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.


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