Morning Jolt: Battle for control of Dodgers near

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Friday, October 23

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Battle for control of Dodgers near

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has fired his estranged wife, Jamie, from her position as the team's chief executive, triggering what her attorney said would be an imminent legal response. While Frank McCourt is pressing ahead with the business of the team, including Tuesday's announcement of a long-term contract extension for General Manager Ned Colletti, Jamie McCourt is believed to be lining up investors for a possible effort to buy her husband out and gain sole control of the team. In addition, she was believed to have started calling prominent baseball figures, with the intention of arranging meetings to discuss the direction of the team. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Arenas shuts down blog

The invitation Gilbert Arenas once freely offered is firmly withdrawn, as is the quirky and unfiltered glimpse at one of the N.B.A.'s more intriguing personalities. The greeting came from one of Arenas's first blog posts in 2006. It arrived before three knee operations, two lost seasons and the signing of a $111 million contract. As the migration of professional athletes who open their personal lives via networking sites grows, Arenas has headed the other way. His blog is shuttered. He does not have a Twitter page. (New York Times)

Why Tom Cable walked

So Tom Cable walks. That's how you'd have figured it to play given the other characters and circumstances involved. But more than that, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said that Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson couldn't satisfactorily explain to Lieberstein's conviction rate how his jaw was broken. Lieberstein was critical of Hanson's inability or unwillingness to speak fully when asked about the incident. He was not so bothered by the fact that the other witnesses all work for the Raiders and are inclined to seek and defend their own self-interest, re: continued employment. But he was clear on the main reason why he didn't want it. It's a no-win proposition for him, and as any self-respecting D.A. will tell you, no-win propositions are to be avoided at all costs. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment

Must-See Photo

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez ponder an opportunity lost as they watch the Angels complete a 7-6 comeback win in Game 5 of the ALCS. (AP)

Must-See Video

Imagine how Phillies fans will celebrate if the team wins another World Series.

Game To Watch

Rutgers travels to one of college football's most picturesque settings to take on the Black Knights

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This Day in Sports

  • 1993 -- The Toronto Blue Jays win their second consecutive World Series, topping the Phillies in six games
  • 1945 -- Jackie Robinson signs a contract with the Montreal Royals
  • 1962 -- Former NFL and CFL quarterback Doug Flutie born