Tuesday's Sports in Brief

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

MIAMI (AP) Ozzie Guillen was fired Tuesday after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.

Miami's next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. Two managers he fired made the playoffs this year. The Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.

NEW LENOX, Ill. (AP) - Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk faces charges of driving under the influence and other misdemeanors after being found asleep in his pickup truck in a cornfield, police in suburban Chicago said.

New Lenox Deputy Chief Robert Pawlisz said officers found Fisk, 64, behind the wheel late Monday with an open bottle of vodka on the truck's floor.

``He was behind the wheel unconscious,'' Pawlisz said.

BOSTON (AP) - Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says David Ortiz spent more time than expected on the disabled list before playing one game and then returning to it after the team made a major trade that signaled it would not compete for a postseason berth.

Valentine made his remarks in an interview with NBC's Bob Costas airing several hours after John Farrell was introduced as Boston's new manager.

Ortiz was working out at Fenway Park on Tuesday and spoke to Farrell amid reports that he and the team were closing in on a two-year deal to keep the potential free agent in Boston.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball's new labor contract.

San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld, Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin and Arizona third baseman Chris Johnson also are eligible because of the new deal, Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed Tuesday.


NEW YORK (AP) - A teenager who has accused former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 cried as she described her encounter with the NFL Hall of Famer at the start of a civil trial.

Taylor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute for having sex with her in 2010 and is serving six years of probation. He leaned forward in his chair to watch the 19-year-old testify in U.S. District Court.

The teen, Cristina Fierro, who has since married, told a Manhattan jury hearing her lawsuit that she didn't know who Taylor was when she found him naked on a bed in a hotel room in Montebello, just north of New York City. She says another man forced her to have sex with Taylor for $300. She said she brought the lawsuit to hold Taylor accountable.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is facing surgery on his right big toe.

According to several reports, including one on the team's website, Lee has ligament damage in his toe that will require surgery and could end his season.

Lee, the team's leading tackler with 58 stops, got hurt in the second half of Sunday's win at Carolina. He was on crutches after the game.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns president Mike Holmgren is not committing to staying the rest of the season to work with new owner Jimmy Haslam.

Holmgren is stepping down after three years in Cleveland. He said he would like to help Haslam and incoming CEO Joe Banner in their transition, but doesn't know if that will be possible.


OSLO, Norway (AP) - Another former teammate of Lance Armstrong admitted using banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Retired Norwegian rider Steffen Kjaergaard said that he had used EPO and cortisone, and was immediately suspended from his job at the Norwegian Cycling Federation.

``I have long thought that it was best for cycling as a sport that I took this (secret) to the grave. But the last weeks have made me change course for my own sake and tell the truth,'' Kjaergaard said.

MADRID (AP) - Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain says he believes in Lance Armstrong's innocence after the American cyclist was stripped of his seven titles from the race.

The decision to strip Armstrong and ban him for life for doping leaves Indurain among four riders with a record five titles.

Indurain told Radio Marca that the entire case was ``bizarre'' since Armstong never tested positive for doping. Indurain says ``it is strange they take away his tours because of the testimonies of some teammates.''


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and U.S. Olympic coach Geno Auriemma wants the rims lowered in women's basketball.

The Hartford Courant reported that Auriemma made the comments to reporters Monday following the taping of sports talk show for Connecticut Public Television.

``Lower the rim,'' Auriemma said. ``Do you think the average fan knows that the net is lower in women's volleyball than men's volleyball? It's about seven inches shorter so the women have the chance for the same kind of success at the net.''

He says volleyball nets are lower in the women's game, and lowering rims from 10 feet would be no different.


CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky became a state prison inmate with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation.

The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said.

He faces testing and evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his ``home'' prison. At Camp Hill, experts will assess his mental state, physical health and education level, and determine whether he needs treatment.


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant has sat out of practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the second straight day to rest his injured right foot.

After Bryant missed Tuesday's practice, he said he probably won't play in the Lakers' preseason game against the Clippers on Wednesday night.

NEW YORK (AP) - Centers will no longer be guaranteed a spot in the NBA All-Star game. reported that the league will announce a change to its All-Star ballot on Wednesday, removing the center position. Fans will be required to vote for three frontcourt players, instead of two forwards and a center.

The change makes sense with fewer teams relying on a traditional center anymore.

NEW YORK (AP) - A New Jersey woman who worked for the NBA as a senior account executive filed a $3 million gender discrimination lawsuit against the league, saying it forced her and two other women with young children out of their jobs.

Lawyers for Brynn Cohn of Hoboken filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeking unspecified damages from the National Basketball Association.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says quarterback Everett Golson did well during a full workout and will start for the No. 5 Fighting Irish at No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Kelly said Tuesday that Golson is at 100 percent. Kelly benched Golson against Brigham Young last week as a precaution, saying he wanted to give him more time to recover from a concussion sustained in a helmet-to-helmet hit against Stanford.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was cleared for this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway after missing the last two weeks to recover from a pair of concussions.

NASCAR's most popular driver was examined by neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty one a day after he ran 123 laps at half-mile Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. Petty monitored Earnhardt during Monday's test at Gresham.


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri athletics department is tightening employee use of school-issued credit cards after an audit found a series of improper purchases, including bills for more than $7,600 from a Las Vegas strip club.


VALENCIA, Spain (AP) - Sam Querrey of the United States defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Valencia Open.

Top-seeded David Ferrer edged Olivier Rochus 7-5, 7-5 to reach the second round.

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - Nikolay Davydenko of Russia edged fourth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3), in the Swiss Indoors first round.

No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 75-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.

Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.

But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense and the nation's top-ranked defense couldn't contain American East Conference champions.

The 74 points were the most Virginia had allowed this year.

Lyles was the catalyst.

He diced up Virginia's defense in the second half, getting the hole easily on six different occasions and making easy layups. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.

Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.

Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.

A Tony Bennett timeout couldn't stop the bleeding, as Lyles hit two more 3's and Sherburne hit one to extend UMBC's lead to 14 with 14:57 left in the game. Lyles was fouled on a 3-point shot and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16.

A corner 3-pointer and a layups off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48. From there, the party was on as chants of "UMBC" rang through the arena.

It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that seemed to hold so much promise.


UMBC: Despite being undersized and unknown, they shocked the world and made history with an epic game.

Virginia: This isn't the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime in 2014 to Coastal Carolina but went on to win 70-59.


UMBC: Will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round.

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Kuznetsov to be evaluated Saturday after leaving Islanders game with "upper body" issue

Kuznetsov to be evaluated Saturday after leaving Islanders game with "upper body" issue

The Capitals may have won the game Friday against the New York Islanders, but now they will wait to see if they also suffered a significant loss.

Kuznetsov left the game in the third period after taking a slash from Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey which sent him sliding head-first into the boards. The team labeled the issue as “upper body” when it was announced he would not return to the game.

Head coach Barry Trotz was tight-lipped afterward on Kuznetsov’s status.

“They're going to re-evaluate him tomorrow and we'll have some clarity hopefully tomorrow,” he said.


You can see the play here:

When Kuznetsov is first slashed he immediately reacts. His feet then catch the stick of goalie Jaroslav Halak which sends him tripping and sliding hard into the boards. He sat on the ice for several minutes afterward and was looked at by the trainer before getting to his feet and slowly making his way to the locker room.

When asked after the game what he felt about the slash, Trotz said only, “Hockey play.”

One of the Capitals’ biggest strengths as a team is their depth down the middle. Any injury to a center, considering it is arguably the most important skating position on the ice, would be significant. An injury to the team’s top-line center would be even more costly.

Kuznetsov leads the team with 28 assists and ranks second in both goals (21) and points (69).