Another manager for Marlins
The Miami Marlins' celebrity manager was a bust, so they're calling one up from the minors.
Mike Redmond, who spent the past two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays' system, was hired Thursday by the Marlins to replace Ozzie Guillen.
A former major league catcher, Redmond had not interviewed for a big league job until he met with the Marlins last week. He received a three-year contract and will be introduced as the Marlins' fifth manager since mid-2010 at a news conference at their ballpark Friday.
Police in the Dominican Republic say former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was killed in his home during an apparent robbery. A statement from police in the Caribbean country says Perez was attacked by several people inside his home in a town west of the capital. He had been struck in the head but the cause of death has not been released. No suspects are in custody.
The 55-year-old Perez last played in the majors with the New York Yankees in 1991. He was suspended in 1992 following two positive tests for cocaine. In recent years, he has had kidney problems.
He made his major league debut in 1980 with the Pirates and played 11 seasons, including stints with the Braves and Expos.
Rhode Island's economic development agency on Thursday sued former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and some of its former officials, saying they committed fraud and other acts that misled the state into approving a $75 million loan guarantee to his failed video game company.
The suit was filed in Rhode Island Superior Court four months after 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy following a spectacular collapse that has likely left the state on the hook for as much as $100 million.
Among other things, the lawsuit claims that executives at 38 Studios, as well as former Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Keith Stokes and others, knew the company would run out of money by 2012, but concealed that from the EDC board, which made the final decision on whether to back the deal.
The board in 2010 lured 38 Studios to Providence from Massachusetts with the loan guarantee.
The lawsuit also alleges that Schilling, 38 Studios executives and others engaged in racketeering and conspiracy. The suit does not ask for a specific dollar amount but wants Schilling and others to repay the bonds and seeks triple damages.
The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing Don Zimmer back for the 2013 season as a senior adviser, marking his 10th with the Rays and 65th season in professional baseball. Zimmer, 81, said in a statement Thursday that he couldn't be happier and that the Rays always have been great to him.
Packers' Jennings has surgery
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has had surgery to repair the torn abdominal muscle that has sidelined him for much of the season.
Jennings said on Twitter on Thursday that "surgery went well tweeps!!" and posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed. No return date has been given, though Packers coach Mike McCarthy says it would probably be a minimum of a few weeks.
Jennings has missed the last four games with the injury, which occurred in the season opener.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill remains limited in practice, and his availability for Sunday's game at Indianapolis is uncertain. Nursing a leg injury, Tannehill took snaps with the first team Thursday and threw on the run. But for the second consecutive day he practiced wearing a brace and thigh-to-ankle sleeve on his left leg.
Tannehill left Sunday's victory over the New York Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries.
NFL and the players' union are combining to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy. Also, the league and its network broadcasters will run TV pregame and in-game messages to promote donations during this weekend's games.
Oosthuizen, Scott share lead at HSBC
The longer the holes at the Mission Hills golf course, the better Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott seemed to play.
Oosthuizen and Scott each had a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead after the opening round of the HSBC Champions on Thursday, in large part due to their perfect play on the five par 5s on the Jose Maria Olazabal-designed course.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, made birdie on all five. Scott did him one better with four birdies and an eagle.
Two-time HSBC Champions winner Phil Mickelson was one shot back, along with Masters champion Bubba Watson, Peter Hanson and Shane Lowry.
Defending champion Jay Don Blake was back on top in the Champions Tour finale. Fred Couples also found himself on the leaderboard in his first tour start in nearly 10 weeks.
Blake birdied three of the final four holes for a 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Last year, he won at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Gary Hallberg shot a 65 in perfect conditions on a warm day at Desert Mountain, and Couples was another stroke back along with Jay Haas, Olin Browne and Bill Glasson.
One week after turning 14, Guan Tianlang of China had a 6-under 66 to build a two-shot lead Thursday after the opening round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
Guan made eight birdies at Amata Spring Country Club to lead Daniel Pearce of New Zealand. Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, trying to win for the third straight year, was tied for 10th after opening with a 71.
The winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur earns an exemption to the Masters and a spot in the final stage of qualifying for the British Open.
Hornets' Gordon: Injury is legitimate
Disputing speculation that he's unhappy in New Orleans, Eric Gordon said Thursday that the injury to his right knee is legitimate and he wants to play for the Hornets.
Gordon said he had a setback after trying out for the U.S. Olympic team this past summer. He insisted that he's not sitting out to show his displeasure over the Hornets matching a four-year, $58 million offer from the Phoenix Suns.
"I know things haven't been going as well as hoped," Gordon said after practice at the team's suburban training facility. "It's tough as a player to go through these things. You're looking for the best from yourself, and you look forward to doing what is best for the team. As a player, I definitely look forward to helping this franchise and always look out for the best for this team. It has been very frustrating not to be able to play."
Gordon was dealt to the Hornets last year in the Chris Paul trade, but wound up playing only nine games because of his knee. He returned late in the year after surgery, and the team thought he was over the problem. But it cropped up again, forcing him to miss all of the preseason and Wednesday night's opener against San Antonio.
The last word
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders dropped to the turf late in the fourth quarter against the Bengals on Sunday, was helped to the sideline, returned after missing one play, then managed to be the first player down the field on punt coverage. The move sparked discussion about faking injuries. Cincinnati safety Chris Crocker didn't seem particularly bothered by the ploy. Said Crocker:
"'If you're not cheating, you're not trying,' I guess, is the old saying. So if you can slow the game down, why not?"