Players donate to charity
National Basketball Association (NBA) club owners and players combined to donate US$1 million to the American Red Cross and other organizations assisting in the recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The league will also air messages at games and during NBA telecasts to encourage contributions to humanitarian agencies aiding those coping with the aftermath of the killer superstorm that devastated New York and New Jersey. “Many homes and lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and our thoughts, abiding concerns and hopes are with all those affected,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “Our teams and players are partnering with the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to support the relief efforts to help families and communities recover.”
Marlins name new manager
Mike Redmond was named the new manager of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins on Thursday, returning to a team that he helped to a World Series title as a catcher back in 2003. Redmond was signed to a three-year deal to replace Ozzie Guillen, who was fired on Oct. 23 after one year in the post. The Marlins went 69-93 last season in a disappointing first campaign in a new downtown ballpark. “congrats mike redmond for u new job good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you,” Guillen posted on his Twitter account. “hope the best for you u are a good baseball man and you will have fun with the players.” Redmond, 41, was signed by the Marlins 20 years ago as a free agent and spent his first seven major league seasons from 1998 through 2004 with the Marlins. In 13 career major league seasons, Redmond batted .287 with 13 home runs and batted in 243 runs for the Marlins, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.
Patriots acquire Talib
Aqib Talib, an NFL cornerback serving a four-game doping suspension, was sent from Tampa Bay to the New England Patriots on Thursday just ahead of the league’s trade deadline. The Buccaneers received a fourth-round choice in this year’s NFL Draft in exchange for Talib, a 26-year-old who admitted using the performance-enhancing substance Adderall in violation of the NFL’s drug policy. Talib has made 18 interceptions, four of them returned for touchdowns, in 58 NFL games since being taken 20th overall in the 2008 NFL draft. He was also indicted by a grand jury last year in Texas for felony assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, charges that were later dropped for lack of evidence. Talib, who was arrested by Florida police in 2009 after a dispute with a taxicab driver, had made 21 tackles and intercepted one pass before his ban.
Holyfield seeks injunction
Evander Holyfield is asking a federal judge to stop an upcoming auction of some of his boxing memorabilia, including an Olympic bronze medal and gloves he wore to fight Mike Tyson. Holyfield’s lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles seeks an order blocking the sale of 20 out of almost 450 items that Julien’s Auctions plans to sell this month. Julien’s Auctions CEO Darren Julien says his company has worked for months to organize a world-class auction of Holyfield’s memorabilia and other items. He says the company had approval from Holyfield to list the items for sale and has already advanced him hundreds of thousands of dollars.