- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fresh off another early playoff exit, the Los Angeles Dodgers overhauled their front office.

They hired Andrew Friedman for the new position of president of baseball operations, while current general manger Ned Colletti will stay on in a new role as a senior adviser to team president and CEO Stan Kasten.

Friedman comes from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he was executive vice president of baseball operations for nine years after being hired at age 28.

Kasten called Friedman “one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game today.” Friedman guided the Rays to four postseason appearances, including division titles in 2008 and 2010, while overseeing one of the major leagues’ lowest payrolls. He had been working without a contract.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays expect to keep rolling without Andrew Friedman.

After Friedman left to become president of baseball operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg never had any doubts about who’s the best person to replace Friedman and keep the organization running smoothly.

Sternberg brought Friedman and Matt Silverman to Florida from Wall Street a decade ago, so Silverman was the logical choice to take over baseball operations after serving as team president for the past nine years. Senior vice president of baseball operations Brian Auld moved into Silverman’s old job.

Friedman had been approached in the past by other teams, including the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. Each time, he chose to remain with the small-market Rays.

DETROIT (AP) - Dave Dombrowski believes Detroit’s window to win a World Series is still very much open.

The Tigers’ general manager offered few specifics about any immediate moves during a news conference, but outlined a couple areas he’d like to improve during the offseason. One of them is the bullpen - an obvious trouble spot throughout 2014. Dombrowski would also like an upgrade in center field.

The Tigers won their fourth-straight AL Central title this year but were swept in the division series by Baltimore. With stars Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez set to become free agents - and with Kansas City and Cleveland mounting more of a challenge within the division - Detroit’s future suddenly looks a bit more uncertain.


Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league to unprecedented success and prosperity.

The 74-year-old Slive said his retirement will take effect July 31, and also announced he plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.

Slive has become one of the most powerful figures in college sports. Under his leadership, the SEC became the nation’s most premier football conference, dug out from under a pile of NCAA compliance issues and won seven consecutive BCS titles. Overall, the SEC won 67 national championships in 15 of its 21 sponsored sports since he took over in 2002.

Slive will continue to carry out his responsibilities from the SEC office and his home office in Birmingham, Alabama. His travel may be limited, the conference said. After his treatment, the conference said he will be a consultant to the league for four years.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The adviser for the family of Jameis Winston has asked Florida State why it has chosen now to engage in the Title IX process and accuses the school of trying to protect its own interests and responding to media pressure, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Florida State announced last week it will use an independent official in a student code of conduct hearing. A female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012. Winston was never arrested and Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs declined to press charges against Winston last December due to a lack of evidence.

Attorney David Cornwell notes in a letter that university and federal policy requires a timely investigation. He asks university officials why Florida State has ignored those guidelines and writes that Winston deserves a prompt explanation.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Knowshon Moreno is sidelined again, this time for the rest of the season, which has left the Miami Dolphins digging deep into their depth chart at running back.

Moreno went on injured reserve with a knee injury two days after he hurt his anterior cruciate ligament in the Dolphins’ loss to Green Bay. It was his third injury since signing a $3.275 million, one-year contract in March after five seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Starting running back Lamar Miller jogged on the side at the beginning of practice with an unspecified injury, which left undrafted rookie Damien Williams working with the first team. Veteran Daniel Thomas is listed third on the depth chart.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested on a shoplifting charge, accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a suburban Dallas department store and telling a police officer he thought to himself, “all right, y’all got me,” after a security guard stopped him.

Randle, who is charged with a Class B misdemeanor theft between $50 and $500, was detained Monday evening by store security and later taken to the Frisco city jail before posting bond early Tuesday, police Sgt. Brad Merritt said.

The arrest came a day after one of Randle’s best games since joining Dallas as a fifth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State last season. He had a 38-yard run and a key tackle on a kickoff in a 30-23 victory at Super Bowl champion Seattle that gave the Cowboys their first 5-1 record since 2007.


SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) - U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer seized control with a tap-in birdie followed by an eagle on his way to a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Bubba Watson in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy fell back after a strong start and had a 69. Jim Furyk, the alternate in the 36-hole exhibition for the year’s four major champions, was seven shots behind after a 73.

Kaymer was about as flawless as when he won at Pinehurst No. 2 in the summer. His lone mistake was a three-putt bogey on the par-3 13th, though that hardly got in the way of his five birdies and an eagle.

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