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McCourts OK divorce; he gets team

TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2011

Baseball: A settlement has been reached between Frank and Jamie McCourt in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled owner and Major League Baseball.

The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the settlement, said Jamie McCourt would receive about $130 million.

The divorce case has been placed on hold until a bankruptcy court in Delaware determines the fate of the team. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and a judge will consider dueling motions starting Oct. 31.

The divorce agreement removes Jamie McCourt as an obstacle in Frank McCourt’s bid to keep ownership by selling team television rights, according to the Times.

Major League Baseball is seeking permission from a bankruptcy judge to file a reorganization plan that calls for McCourt to sell.

Avalanche 5-0 on road

NHL: David Jones scored 1:11 into overtime to lift visiting Colorado over Toronto 3-2.

The Avalanche went 5-0 on their longest road trip of the season. It was Colorado’s first perfect mark in a trip that long.

• First win for Jets: At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kyle Wellwood scored 8 seconds into the game, and the reborn Winnipeg Jets earned their first win by beating Pittsburgh. It was the first win for the Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers.

UFL shortens season

Football: The struggling United Football League is cutting its season short, moving up its championship game to Friday.

UFL founder and owner Bill Hambrecht said the league would turn its focus to “building a blueprint for the long-term success of the league.”

The Las Vegas Locos (3-1) will visit the Virginia Destroyers (3-1) in the championship game.

• Big East exit fee grows: The Big East presidents voted to double the exit fee for football members to $10 million, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press.

The Big East is hoping the move will lead to adding six new schools to the conference, including Boise State as a football-only member.

Federer drops to No. 4

Miscellany: For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer has fallen out of the top 3 in the ATP rankings. Britain’s Andy Murray moved from fourth to third in the new rankings, with Federer dropping from No. 3 to No. 4. Novak Djokovic remains No. 1 and Rafael Nadal is No. 2.

• U.S. shooters excel at Pan Am Games: At Guadalajara, Mexico, Matt Rawlings and Emily Caruso won two more shooting golds for the United States, setting a couple of records along the way.

Rawlings broke his own Pan Am record in 10-meter air rifle qualification, scoring 595 points. He set a games record in the final with 696.7 points.

Caruso equaled the record in qualifying for the women’s event with 396 points and set a final record with 497.8 points.

Off-road racer Huseman dies in plane crash: Off-road racing champion Rick Huseman and his brother were among three people killed when a small plane crashed in the Southern California desert.

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