Sports log: Guillen laughs off rumors of his firing

Baseball

Ozzie Guillen has heard the rumors that his job may be in trouble. ‘‘Ha. Ha. Ha,’’ the Miami manager said Friday. ‘‘That’s the last thing going through my mind every day, if I’m going to have a job next year. I’m going to have a job. I don’t know if it’s managing the Marlins, but I will have a job. I don’t know if it’s managing in the big leagues, but I will have a job.’’ Miami’s loss Friday night dropped the Marlins to 66-85, last place in the NL East. The season started coming apart when Guillen was suspended for five games in April following comments praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro, infuriating the Miami-area Cuban community. As the team failed to contend, the Marlins traded Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Edward Mujica, and Gaby Sanchez. Guillen said all the decision-makers in the organization were at fault for the poor record.

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Soccer

Coroner: Crew’s Urso had heart defect

An Ohio coroner said Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died of a genetic defect of the heart and the death was considered natural. The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead in August at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said Urso died of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Urso played in six games with the Crew and was rehabbing from a sports-groin injury sustained in May . . . Mexico may bid for the 2026 World Cup, but Mexico federation president Justino Compean, says he doesn’t know if Mexico ‘‘has the capacity to battle it out’’ with the US.

Basketball

Sixers name DiLeo general manager

For more than two decades, Tony DiLeo made a habit of collecting job titles with the Philadelphia 76ers, even leading them to the playoffs in a brief stint as head coach. The Sixers named him the 12th general manager in franchise history. Ownership had lauded DiLeo for his role in landing All-Star Andrew Bynum. DiLeo, 57, will work alongside team president Rod Thorn . . . The Celtics agreed to name Mike Taylor the coach of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. Taylor has extensive coaching experience in Europe . . . In the WNBA, Erin Phillips scored a season-high 19 points and Indiana pulled away in the second half and beat host Washington, 66-53 . . . Maya Moore scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half as Minnesota cruised to an 89-66 victory in Phoenix . . . . Katie Smith’s 16 points led five players in double figures as host Seattle defeated San Antonio, 84-75.

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Miscellany

Thompson holds Navistar LPGA lead

Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead into weekend play in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. The 17-year-old Thompson had a 12-under 132 total on the links-style Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex.
Mindy Kim and Mi Jung Hur were a stroke back. They played in the same group and each shot 65. Top-ranked Yani Tseng was 3 under after a 70. Michelle Wie missed the cut by a stroke, shooting a 73 to finish at even par . . . The International Cycling Union backed away from the idea of an amnesty or truth and reconciliation commission for riders who took performance-enhancing drugs in the past. At its annual congress in Maastricht, Netherlands, the UCI adopted a motion calling on the governing body to deal with current doping cases and ‘‘ignore attempts to exploit commercially or otherwise the painful aspects of cycling’s past.’’ . . . WEEI 93.7 won the prestigious Marconi Award Thursday night as national Sports Station of the Year.

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