In brief: Guillen, Loria begin Miami partnership
Baseball: Fresh off a divorce in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen has been reunited with the Florida Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria.
Guillen tends to speak his mind, while Loria leads the league in managerial changes, but both dismissed predictions about a rocky relationship as way off base.
“When we used to go to the winter meetings together, people went, ‘That’s a crazy combo,’ “ Guillen said. “But we know each other.”
So there’s no reason to anticipate Guillen ruffling feathers?
“I couldn’t care less about feathers,” Loria said. “I don’t have any feathers And I don’t care about him ruffling anybody. Ozzie has his opinions, and he’s entitled to them. You know that going in. But Ozzie comes with a great pedigree.”
And so the Ozzie era began in Miami. Hours before the Marlins’ final game in the stadium they’re leaving, they formally introduced Guillen as their manager Wednesday.
“It’s a big, big step in my career, a new chapter,” Guillen said. “Hopefully, I can bring energy, flavor and enthusiasm, but the most important thing is a winning team.”
Seahawks coach Cable has surgery
Football: Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable has undergone back surgery and coach Pete Carroll is unsure if Cable will be able to coach this week as Seattle hosts Atlanta.
Carroll said that the decision to have surgery came on suddenly.
Cable had surgery Monday and Carroll characterized it as “extensive” but did not go into details about why Cable needed it so quickly. Carroll said it was late last week that Cable first started looking into having the procedure done.
Cable is in his first season with the Seahawks. He was the head coach in Oakland the previous three seasons, and was head coach at the University of Idaho from 2000-03.
• Chargers place Sanders on injured reserve: Strong safety Bob Sanders, who’s missed more games than he’s played since coming into the NFL in 2004, was put on season-ending injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers.
Sanders hurt a knee late in a game at New England in Week 2. He was inactive last Sunday against Kansas City. The Chargers signed him in the offseason after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts.
• Titans sign Avery to replace Britt: The Tennessee Titans placed receiver Kenny Britt on injured reserve and signed Donnie Avery to fill his spot on the roster.
Britt tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee during last week’s 17-14 win over Denver.
Stern stresses need for progress in talks
NBA: Regular-season games could be at stake when NBA owners and players meet this weekend in New York.
Those might not be all that is lost, Commissioner David Stern warned, without real headway toward a new labor deal.
“All I’d say to that is that there are enormous consequences at play here on the basis of the weekend,” Stern said. “Either we’ll make very good progress, and we know what that would mean – we know how good that would be, without putting dates to it – or we won’t make any progress and then it won’t be a question of just starting the season on time, it will be a lot at risk because of the absence of progress.”
Talks between negotiators ended after two days so they could return home before summoning their respective bargaining committees to New York for the most important stretch of the lockout. They will meet Friday.
• Sabonis stable after heart attack: Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack. Doctors in Sabonis’ hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania, said that the former NBA player is in intensive care, but the heart attack is not life-threatening.
The 46-year-old Sabonis was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after going into cardiac arrest while playing basketball.
The 7-foot-3 center played for the Portland Trail Blazers between 1995-2003.
Grand jury reduces LSU QB’s charges
College football: A grand jury in Baton Rouge, La., reduced charges against Jordan Jefferson to a misdemeanor for his involvement in a bar fight and the LSU quarterback’s attorney said his suspension from the top-ranked Tigers has been lifted.
Jefferson is now charged with simple battery and faces maximum penalties, if convicted, of up to six months in jail and fines up to $500.
Former PGA Tour pro Dave Hill dies
Golf: Dave Hill, a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour who made three Ryder Cup appearances and won the 1969 Vardon Trophy for the tour’s lowest scoring average, has died in Jackson, Miss. He was 74.