Major League Baseball: Joe Torre never got the Los Angeles Dodgers to the heights his Yankees once reached, and now the veteran manager is moving on.
Torre said Friday he will retire after his third season with the Dodgers, and Los Angeles immediately announced hitting coach Don Mattingly will replace him in 2011.
Torre took over the Dodgers before the 2008 season after 12 successful years and four World Series titles with the New York Yankees. Although he revitalized the Dodgers while making the playoffs twice during his relatively brief stint in Hollywood, he never matched his success in the Bronx.
He led Los Angeles to division titles in each of his first two seasons, but lost both times to Philadelphia in the N.L. Championship Series. His current Dodgers began their penultimate homestand of the season at 72-75 and in fourth place, 11 games behind San Francisco, with their playoff chances all but erased.
Vick to start for Philadelphia
NFL: Eagles head coach Andy Reid has made it official that Michael Vick will start at quarterback when Philadelphia plays Sunday at Detroit.
Vick will be making his first start at quarterback since the final game of the 2006 season for Atlanta. He is replacing Kevin Kolb, who is out with a concussion suffered in the season-opening loss to Green Bay last Sunday.
Vick missed the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons after he went to prison for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring. The Eagles signed him last year and he played in 12 games for the team, mostly as an option in the wildcat formation.
• NFL speaks out on locker room incident: The NFL chastised the New York Jets for unprofessional conduct but found no evidence that a female television reporter was “bumped, touched, brushed against or otherwise subjected to any physical contact” by any member of the team or coaching staff.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said while the “conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better” team owner Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation that arose last weekend when TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz said she felt uncomfortable in the team’s locker room.
• Four teams vote to decertify union: Carl Francis, a spokesman for the NFL Players Association, confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Indianapolis, Dallas, New Orleans and Philadelphia have all voted unanimously to decertify the union. He said union leaders were still collecting voting cards from other teams.
Decertification would strip the union of its collective bargaining rights on behalf of the players, so the move might seem counter-intuitive. But since antitrust laws exempt NFL owners from being sued by unions that are negotiating CBAs, decertification would in essence eliminate the union and allow players to sue the NFL in the event of a lockout – giving them potential leverage in their dispute with the owners.
• Wallace may start at QB for Cleveland: Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is not practicing for the third straight day, increasing the chances that backup Seneca Wallace will start Cleveland’s home opener against Kansas City.
• Ravens linebacker Kindle out: Baltimore linebacker Sergio Kindle’s rookie season is likely over, and possibly his football career. Kindle fractured his skull shortly before training camp in July when he fell down two flights of stairs.
“He’s got some serious issues that he’s dealing with,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “The chances of him playing this year are slim. We’re going to be very, very careful.”
Keselowski takes New Hampshire pole
Miscellany: Brad Keselowski has crashed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship party by claiming the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
Keselowski is not among the 12 drivers eligible to race for NASCAR’s championship.
He’ll start on the front row of Sunday’s race next to championship contender Clint Bowyer. Tony Stewart will start third and is also a Chase driver.
• Bolt may try long jump: Usain Bolt is considering switching to the long jump if he retires from sprinting after the 2012 London Olympics.
The world and Olympic 100- and 200-meters champion said he’d assess his career options after London, with an eye on finishing as one of the greats of track and field.
• Australia defeats U.S. women’s basketball team: Jenna O’Hea scored 24 points and Australia’s women’s basketball team beat the United States 83-77 at Salamanca, Spain, in a tuneup for the world championships.
• U.S. splits matches in Davis Cup play: Santiago Giraldo beat Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 to give Colombia a 1-1 tie with the United States in their Davis Cup playoff match at Bogota, Colombia.
In the opener, Mardy Fish edged Alejandro Falla 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
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