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Judge denies Dodgers’ financing plan

July 23, 2011

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Baseball
A Delaware judge yesterday rejected the Los Angeles Dodgers’ proposed $150 million bankruptcy financing plan, directing the team to instead negotiate a loan deal with Major League Baseball. Judge Kevin Gross said in an eight-page order that the team had failed to show that the terms of its secured financing with hedge fund Highbridge Capital were fair, given the more favorable financial terms in MLB’s unsecured loan offer. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt previously rejected MLB’s offer and had refused to negotiate with the league, arguing that its financing proposal was simply an attempt by commissioner Bud Selig to take control of the team and force a sale. The judge made clear, however, that the league’s loan to the Dodgers must be “independent of and uncoupled from’’ MLB’s oversight and governance of the club under the league’s constitution . . . Rangers president Nolan Ryan said he’s feeling good and expects to keep working after being hospitalized for a heart condition he has had since 2000.

Rockies put Gonzalez on disabled list Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right wrist. Gonzalez, who homered in his first at-bat Thursday against Atlanta before injuring his wrist fouling off a pitch later in the game, was hitting .289 with 15 homers and 56 RBIs . . . Rangers righthander Brandon Webb is scheduled to have rotator cuff surgery again, a huge setback for the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner . . . The Reds placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder.

Colleges
Ohio State dodges worst punishment The NCAA told Ohio State that it won’t face the most severe charges possible in the memorabilia-for-cash and tattoos scandal that cost football coach Jim Tressel his job. Investigators said they found no evidence that Ohio State failed to properly monitor its football program or any evidence of a lack of institutional control, according to a letter sent to the university and released yesterday. NCAA investigators also said they had not found any new violations. The notice clearing Ohio State of the most serious of institutional breaches comes ahead of its meeting with the NCAA’s committee on infractions Aug. 12 . . . The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Tennessee has self-imposed a two-year probation on its athletics department as part of its response to alleged NCAA violations involving the men’s basketball and football programs.

NBA
Arison’s son, 30, gets control of Heat Nick Arison, the 30-year-old son of Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, was promoted to chief executive officer, a newly created position that gives him day-to-day control of the franchise. Heat president Pat Riley will continue running the basketball side of the team . . . Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff interviewed with the Timberwolves and former Houston coach Rick Adelman was scheduled to come in today as the team searches for a new coach . . . NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks said he will play for Germany at the European Championship Aug. 31-Sept. 19 when Olympic berths will be at stake.

Miscellany
Bolt finishes strong to win 100 tuneup Usain Bolt of Jamaica overcame a tentative start to win the 100 meters in 9.88 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meet, beating a strong field in a tuneup for next month’s world championships. Nesta Carter (9.90) of Jamaica was second and Michael Rodgers (9.96) of the US third . . . Aaron Boogaard was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with the death of his brother and NHL player Derek Boogaard. He died of what authorities ruled was a toxic mix of alcohol and drugs in May . . . Austin Dillon passed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter on lap 127 and cruised to his first win of the season at the Lucas Deep Clean 200 at Nashville Superspeedway . . . John Isner overwhelmed Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-1, 6-2, and top seed Mardy Fish beat Somdev Devvarman, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships . . . Gilles Simon defeated top-seeded Gael Monfils, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, to reach the semifinals of the German Open in Hamburg. Simon will play Mikhail Youzhny, a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) winner over Marin Cilic . . . Valerie Arioto tripled home the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting the United States to a 5-2 victory over Australia at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.