Thursday’s Sports In Brief
MIAMI (AP) When the revolving door that is the Miami Marlins’ manager job stopped turning, Don Mattingly was in and Dan Jennings was out of the organization.
Miami hired Mattingly less than a week after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two people familiar with the situation said. The people confirmed the hiring to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn’t been announced.
Mattingly becomes the Marlins’ 10th manager since Jeffrey Loria bought the team in 2002.
The Marlins also fired Jennings, ending his 13-year association with the team that included an awkward move in May from general manager to manager. President of baseball operations Michael Hill will handle the responsibilities of GM, as he has done since Jennings gave up the job.
The officialannouncement of Mattingly’s hiring won’t come until after the World Series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – The San Diego Padres hired Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as their new manager.
Green takes over a team that underachieved despite general manager A.J. Preller’s aggressive offseason roster makeover. The Padres finished 74-88 and fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
San Diego has had five straight losing seasons and has missed the playoffs for nine straight years.
The hiring of Green gives Preller the chance to continue to remake the team. Preller, hired in August 2014, fired manager Bud Black on June 15, when the team was 32-33. He replaced Black with Triple-A manager Pat Murphy, who had no big league experience.
The Padres were 42-54 under Murphy and he was fired the day after the season ended.
TORONTO (AP) – Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos left the team on the day he earned executive of the year honors from his peers and rejected an offer to remain in what might have been a diminished role under its new president.
The Blue Jays made the announcement just four days before former Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro takes over as Toronto president. Shapiro, a former general manager, replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring after years of running the business side of the Blue Jays.
The Sporting News announced Anthopoulos was chosen executive of the year on Thursday. He acquired MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in the offseason and traded for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki before the deadline to help Toronto reach its first playoff spot since 1993.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Raiders owner Mark Davis made a surprise appearance at an NFL-sponsored town hall meeting and said he is still committed to keeping his team in Oakland.
Nearly 400 people filed into the downtown Paramount Theater for the scheduled three-hour event designed to give fans a chance to voice their opinions about the Raiders’ potential move to Los Angeles.
Mayor Libby Schaaf and Eric Grubman, the NFL’s point man on Los Angeles, also attended the meeting along with two other representatives from the league.
Davis received a standing ovation when he was introduced to the crowd. The owner initially said he wouldn’t take questions, but grabbed the microphone early to address questions about his desire to keep the team in Oakland.
This was the third of three town hall meetings held in cities where teams are seeking new stadiums. The NFL met with fans in St. Louis on Tuesday and in San Diego on Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – The top political consultant for Mayor Kevin Faulconer said if the Chargers resume negotiations for a new stadium, they need to come without lawyer Mark Fabiani because he has no credibility with elected officials.
Jason Cabel Roe also said Fabiani, who works for Chargers chairman Dean Spanos, has misrepresented the city’s efforts while addressing NFL owners.
Fabiani didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Fabani walked away from negotiations in mid-June and has focused on the team’s efforts to move to an industrial suburb of Los Angeles. The Chargers and their biggest rivals, the Oakland Raiders, announced plans in February for a joint $1.7 billion stadium in Carson if they can’t get new stadiums in their home markets. The Raiders and Chargers were responding to St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plans to build a new stadium in Inglewood.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – It’s now Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena. San Diego State named the hardwood for its coach, who’s entering his 17th season leading the Aztecs.
Fisher, who has turned the Aztecs from sad-sacks into a perennial NCAA Tournament team, said he accepted the honor with ”great humility and pride.”
The school painted the words Steve Fisher Court on the sideline in front of the scorer’s table between the benches in the arena where the Aztecs enjoy a tremendous home-court advantage.
Fisher has guided SDSU to the NCAA Tournament and won at least 23 games each of the last six seasons He’s 339-185 overall at SDSU, with 11 20-win seasons and two 30-win seasons. He’s led the Aztecs to eight NCAA berths.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – Simone Biles won her third straight world gymnastics title, topping defending Olympic champion Gabby Douglas in an electric all-around final that cemented Biles’ status as the overwhelming favorite top the podium in Rio next summer.
Biles overcame a near fall on balance beam and a big step out of bounds on floor exercise to post a score of 60.399, more than a full point ahead of Douglas and bronze medalist Larisa Iordache of Romania.
The margin was the biggest of Biles’ three championships even with the mistakes. She became the first woman to win three straight titles and hasn’t lost a meet of any kind in more than two years.
Douglas is the first Olympic champion to reach the medal stand at worlds since Yelena Davydova in 1981.
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a clear reference to the corruption scandal at FIFA, IOC President Thomas Bach urged sports bodies to make sure they comply with ethical rules and standards of good governance or risk losing their credibility.
Bach, giving the keynote speech at the opening of the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees, didn’t mention FIFA by name but referred several times to the recent ”news” or ”incidents of the last couple months,” alluding to the arrests, investigations and suspensions that have enveloped soccer’s world governing body and led to the suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.