Divorce messy for Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have more to worry about than how to beef up their pitching staff after being eliminated this week from the National League Championship Series by Philadelphia for the second straight year.

Frank McCourt, the listed owner of the team, and his wife, Jamie McCourt, are separated and heading for divorce.

California is a “community property” state where the court splits assets equally if spouses are unable to reach an agreement.

Sounds like they each own half of the Dodgers, but hubby fired her this week as the team’s chief executive officer. Not good grounds for an amiable settlement

Reports in the Los Angeles Times are that she is trying to line up investors and become sole owner of the team. He obviously wants the same.

The McCourts have been married since 1979 and have four grown sons.

Neither likely would fight for custody of Manny Ramirez.

• INTRASTATE THEFT — While we’re in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he has signed a bill allowing construction of a 75,000-seat stadium that developers hope will lure an NFL team back to the Los Angeles area.

Majestic Realty chief executive Ed Roski, a reported billionaire, has vowed to build the $800 million stadium in City of Industry near L.A. without any public support beyond a $150 million bond measure for infrastructure improvements.

Majestic plans to contact seven NFL teams after the Super Bowl — including the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers — as his future tenant.

Schwarzenegger says putting a team in Los Angeles would bring a “continued economic boost to California.” But how will moving a California team to L.A. help the state’s economy?

Also on the shopping list are the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.

The Bills might be the best team because the nickname best suits California’s abysmal state economy.

• NO REBELS FAKES — Football fans are being warned to make sure their tickets to today’s Tennessee-Alabama game are real.

The University of Alabama sent a notice cautioning fans to be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets to the game against Tennessee in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

It’s a problem the UNLV football program doesn’t have. The school would struggle to give away tickets.

• NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE — High school athletes never like to be cut by a coach, but that fear always has been getting “cut” from a team.

The definition nearly became literal this week near Lakeland, Fla., where an assistant football coach has been charged with threatening a player with a pocket knife.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Christopher Michael Campbell, 30, pointed the knife at one of the Kathleen High School players at practice Wednesday and warned him, “Don’t try me today.”

Campbell was charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and exhibiting a weapon within 1,000 feet of school property.


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