February 27, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Expressed Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen responded Saturday to comments by former closer Bobby Jenks, saying he feels bad for the new Boston Red Sox reliever. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Jenks was critical of the White Sox front office. “A lot of the stuff with Ozzie and the front office gets old,” Jenks said. “It has been a problem for a long time. It was a problem before last year. It’s going to be nice for me to see how things are done here.” Initially attempting to hold back and take the high road, Guillen ended up talking about the situation for over seven minutes. “First of all, he can’t make any comments about last year because he was never in the clubhouse. He spent more time in his house than he was in the clubhouse,” Guillen jabbed. “The only thing I can say is I feel bad for him because I think the way we treated this kid, just the White Sox, myself, our front office people … we helped him a lot, on the field and off the field.”

Near The Cleveland Indians may have filled a bullpen opening. A person familiar with the negotiations said the club is close to signing free- agent reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract. Durbin will report to the team’s training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., for a physical today. ESPN.com reported Durbin has agreed to an $800,000 deal and can make another $1 million in incentives.

Acquired Veteran defenseman Bryan McCabe, a former Spokane Chief, was traded to the New York Rangers by the Florida Panthers for forward Tim Kennedy and a third-round draft pick in this year’s draft. The 35-year-old McCabe waived his no-trade clause for the deal to be completed. McCabe is joining his sixth NHL team. He’s in the final season of a five-year, $28.75 million contract, and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Died Former NFL defensive back, Ricky Bell, who went on to play in the CFL and won a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2001, has died. He was 36. He died Feb. 17 in Columbia, S.C., although no cause was given, Leevy’s Funeral Home in Columbia said. Bell was a captain at North Carolina State and played three seasons in the NFL with Jacksonville and Chicago. He spent one season in NFL Europe and another in the XFL.

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