In Brief


Impasse declared in McCourts’
divorce settlement proposal

A Los Angeles judge declared an impasse Tuesday over efforts to settle who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers after a bitter divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt, the couple who bought the team six years ago.

Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman had given both sides more than a week to accept a settlement proposal, which was kept confidential. Lichtman declared an impasse and reported it to Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, who presided over an 11-day trial that centered on whether a postnuptial marital agreement is valid.

Attorney Marc Seltzer, who represents Frank McCourt, said in a statement that his client accepted the proposal by Lichtman. An impasse occurs when two sides are unable to reach an agreement, which probably means Jamie McCourt rejected the proposal, Seltzer said. Lichtman wasn’t going to inform either side if the other hadn’t accepted the deal.

The McCourts’ divorce was recently finalized after they were married for almost 30 years. They are awaiting Gordon’s decision on whether a postnuptial marital agreement they signed in 2004 is valid.

college football

Injured Gamecocks QB Garcia
expected to play vs. Auburn

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is walking with his left arm in a sling, but coach Steve Spurrier said Garcia should be ready to play Saturday against Auburn in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Garcia, who has thrown for 2,646 yards and 18 touchdowns and is 14th nationally in pass efficiency rating, hurt his left shoulder in the Gamecocks’ 29-7 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

Also: Dan McCarney was hired as North Texas’ football coach. McCarney, 57, spent the past three years as Florida’s defensive line coach and was Iowa State’s head coach from 1995 to 2006.


PGA Tour’s Sony Open will be televised live in 3-D next year

Sony Corp. announced it has extended title sponsorship of the Sony Open in Honolulu by three years through 2014 and will broadcast the PGA Tour event in January live in 3-D.

The tournament will be the first PGA Tour co-sponsored event televised live in 3-D, said company and tour officials who have been testing the technology at several events this year. The Masters was aired in 3-D.

Sony estimated 83 million households in the United States have 3-D-compatible TV sets.

Also: The NBA suspended Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson for one game without pay for verbally abusing referee Eli Roe and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection from Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The suspension, which will be served today, will cost Jackson about $103,000. It comes after he received a $50,000 fine in November for verbally abusing officials after a loss at Detroit.

The NBA announced before the season that it planned to crack down on complaining by players toward officials.

Boston Celtics guard Delonte West, averaging 7.5 points in 19 minutes per game, had surgery to repair his broken right wrist. The team said there was no timetable for his return, but coach Doc Rivers said “it’s going to be a long time.”

Indiana’s Guy-Marc Michel, a 7-foot center, was declared ineligible by the NCAA after playing five games with a professional French club team in 2007-08. Michel played two seasons at Northern Idaho College before enrolling at Indiana this fall.

The Washington Capitals acquired Scott Hannan from the Colorado Avalanche after the 31-year-old defenseman waived his no-trade clause. Colorado got forward Tomas Fleischmann for Hannan, a 12-year veteran who is expected to solidify the Capitals’ defense.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will probably miss two to three weeks because of a lower-body injury he sustained in Monday’s practice. He is fourth on the team with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists).

A day after New York’s Senate failed to act on a rescue plan, New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. announced it will close its offices permanently at the close of business Friday.

The public benefit corporation created to handle horse racing bets away from tracks said it will lay off about 1,300 employees and close its many betting parlors and teletheaters. Closing OTB and eliminating the revenue from bets that goes to New York’s racing industry could threaten many more jobs, according to OTB.

UNLV senior outside hitter Sara Nehf, who led the team in kills and aces this season, was named to the Mountain West’s all-conference team. Colorado State’s Danielle Minch was named player of the year for the second consecutive season, and New Mexico’s Jeff Nelson was chosen coach of the year.

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