- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015


MIAMI (AP) - Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected to replace Mike Redmond as the team’s new manager. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed.

Redmond was fired one-quarter of the way into his third season Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta. The defeat dropped Miami to 16-22, but team president David Samson said a change had been in the works since the Marlins started 3-11.

Jennings’ first game was Monday night, a 3-2 loss in 13 innings at home against Arizona.

The shake-up was the latest orchestrated by owner Jeffrey Loria, reinforcing his reputation for impatience. Jennings is Loria’s sixth manager since June 2010.


NEW YORK (AP) - Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins of Minnesota was the only unanimous selection for the NBA’s All-Rookie first team.

Wiggins received all 130 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada. He averaged 16.9 points, tops in the class, and his 36.2 minutes per game ranked fourth in the NBA.

The rest of the first team was Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic, Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel, Orlando’s Eldrid Payton and Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson.

The second team included Boston’s Marcus Smart, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, Denver’s Jusuf Nurkic and New York’s Langston Galloway.INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Kyrie Irving finished an animated post-practice shooting game of “Around The World” with LeBron James and then quickly removed any doubt about his playing status for Game 1.

“I’m going to go,” he said.

Cleveland’s All-Star guard may not be 100 percent - or anywhere close - but he’s much better and that’s welcome news to the Cavs, who will open the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday in Atlanta.

Irving has been bothered by a sore right foot since Game 2 of the opening round against Boston, and he sat out the final half of the Cavs’ series-clinching win over Chicago last week with tendinitis in his left knee. But a weekend of rest and rehab allowed Irving to make it through a full practice on Monday, lifting his spirts and improving the Cavs’ chances against the East’s top seed.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital following surgery on his left leg for injuries sustained Monday in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It was the fourth frightening wreck during practice for the Indianapolis 500 in the past six days.

A part seemed to break about 50 minutes into practice and the Canadian driver spun hard into the wall. As his car slid back down toward the apron, it briefly slid on its right side and almost flipped before coming came to rest upright.

Hinchcliffe’s left thigh was pierced by the car’s right front rocker and the piece of equipment needed to be removed, according to two people familiar with the crash. The surgery at Indiana University Methodist Hospital was also needed to stop massive bleeding.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - An advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended that the Chargers contribute $300 million toward a new $1.33 billion stadium, with the NFL giving $200 million, the city and county $121 million each and personal seat licenses totaling $120 million.

Under intense pressure from the team and the NFL, the Citizen’s Stadium Advisory Group said in its financing plan that there won’t be tax increases or increases to the city’s general fund, and that the financing plan doesn’t rely on development to pay for the stadium, parking or infrastructure.

Advisory group chairman Adam Day said he personally delivered a copy of the plan to both Chargers chairman Dean Spanos and Faulconer.

The Chargers are threatening to leave for the Los Angeles area unless they get a deal to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers made a surprise pick for their new head coach, hiring the University of North Dakota’s Dave Hakstol.

The 46-year-old Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at North Dakota. He went 289-143-43 with a .654 winning percentage in 475 games. In 2014-15, he led North Dakota to a 29-10-3 record with a .726 winning percentage and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

North Dakota made the NCAA Tournament in every one of Hakstol’s 11 seasons and reached the Frozen Four seven times in that span, which is the most of any program in the country during that period.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall fired coach Craig Berbue at the end of the season after he failed to lead them to the playoffs. Berube went 75-58-28 (.553) in two seasons with the Flyers and took them to the playoffs last season. The Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup since 1975.

Hextall’s son, Brett, played for Haxstol at North Dakota.


PHOENIX (AP) - Brittney Griner says she accepts the WNBA’s seven-game suspension as a consequence of her actions.

The league suspended the Phoenix Mercury’s All-Star center for 20 percent of its 34-game season following her arrest in a domestic violence incident. Griner’s wife Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock also was arrested and got the same suspension.

Griner is undergoing counseling after agreeing to a diversion program.

Griner and Johnson were arrested April 22 at their home in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear. In a plea bargain, Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and agreed to undergo 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. If she completes the counseling, the charges will be dismissed.

Less than a month after their arrest, Griner and Johnson were married in a ceremony at a Phoenix resort.

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