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McCourt gets $1.2b offer for Dodgers

September 2, 2011

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Baseball
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has been offered $1.2 billion for the financially troubled team in a bid headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke that would get funding from Chinese government-owned investment banks, the Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper said money would come from “certain state-owned investment institutions of the People’s Republic of China’’ as well as unidentified American investors. The offer is roughly $800 million more than what McCourt paid for the Dodgers in 2004 . . . The sale of a minority stake in the New York Mets to hedge fund manager David Einhorn for $200 million fell through, denying the flagging franchise the money needed to repay a loan from Major League Baseball and bolster its operating capital. The Mets announced in May that Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital Inc., would buy into the club. The Mets ownership group, led by Fred Wilpon, has been stuck in a legal and financial mess stemming from investments with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.

Marlins’ Ramirez considering surgery Injured Marlins star Hanley Ramirez has left shoulder instability, and the shortstop is contemplating offseason surgery. Team president Larry Beinfest said there will be no decision on a course of action, or on whether Ramirez will play again this season, until the three-time All-Star sees Marlins doctor Lee Kaplan this weekend. Ramirez has been out since Aug. 2 . . . Braves righthander Jair Jurrjens plans to see a specialist after an MRI on his ailing right knee showed a bone bruise. Jurrjens is 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break . . . Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo’s rocky season hit another bump when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained side muscle. Choo spent seven weeks on the DL after undergoing surgery on a broken thumb . . . Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over six shutout innings for Double A Harrisburg in what was expected to be his final minor league rehab start before he returns to the Washington Nationals.

Lacrosse
Blazers suspend operations, will move The Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League announced yesterday that they were suspending operations for the 2012 season and will begin searching for a new home facility for 2013. The Blazers, who have played at TD Garden since beginning play in 2009, said they are looking locally and nationally for a new home. “This temporary suspension represents the first phase of a relocation process as we evaluate potential home venues for the 2013 NLL season and beyond,’’ said team president and general manager Doug Reffue in a statement. “As general manager, my goal is to win and build a Blazers team that competes for the NLL title every season. In order to reach this goal, we need an arena partner who shares our same vision and is strongly committed to growing professional indoor lacrosse in their market.’’

Auto racing
Hendrick gives Earnhardt 5-year deal NASCAR’s most popular driver will stay with the most dominant race team at least through 2017. Hendrick Motorsports announced a five-year contract extension with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend trying to clinch his first berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in three years. Earnhardt has won just one race since leaving DEI in 2007, at Michigan in 2008, and he goes into Sunday night’s race at Atlanta stuck in a 117-race winless streak.

Miscellany
Desormeaux arrested after car incident Jockey Kent Desormeaux, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, was arrested on charges that he tried to run over a traffic officer outside Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Desormeaux, 41, was leaving the track in his 2003 Porsche about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when he struck the officer, Saratoga Springs police said. The officer’s condition wasn’t released. Desormeaux was charged with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He posted $500 bail . . . Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pleaded not guilty in San Diego to misdemeanor DUI charges resulting from his July 20 arrest . . . Nick Dougherty shot an 8-under-par 63 to lead Rory McIlroy by two shots after the first round of the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland. It’s McIlroy’s first tournament since injuring his right wrist three weeks ago . . . Matee Ajavon scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Mystics to an 85-81 win over the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA game in Washington, ending a nine-game skid. Altlanta’s loss clinched a playoff spot for the Connecticut Sun . . . In San Antonio, Jia Perkins scored 23 points to lead the Silver Stars past the Phoenix Mercury, 86-68 . . . Meghan Duggan of Danvers, winner of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women’s ice hockey (with Wisconsin), and a member of the US women’s national team, was named one of 10 finalists for 2011 Sportswoman of the Year, presented by the Women’s Sports Foundation.