Marlins’ Bell is critical of manager Guillen


Bell is critical of Guillen in interview

Marlins reliever Heath Bell was critical of manager Ozzie Guillen during a radio interview Monday, telling WQAM in Miami that ‘‘it’s been an interesting year with Ozzie.’’ He also said the team needs a manager ‘‘that everybody respects.’’ Bell signed a $27 million, three-year contract with the Marlins last winter. He lost his closer role after starting the season with an 8.47 ERA in 21 games . . . Nationals manager Davey Johnson plans to rest his regulars if his first-place club clinches the NL East even though the rest of Washington’s opponents are still in the chase for wild-card berths. Johnson also made clear he’s unhappy about the way this season’s playoffs were set up to accommodate the second wild-card team in each league. If the Nationals are the NL’s top seed they will need to wait until the wild-card playoff to find out their opponent . . . Righthander Matt Capps, on the DL for two months with shoulder soreness, was activated by the Twins . . . Chris Robinson and Adam Loewen hit homers as Canada qualified for next year’s World Baseball Classic, routing host Germany, 11-1, in Regensburg.

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College hockey

Boston College shares No. 1 ranking

NCAA defending national champion Boston College earned a share of the nation’s No. 1 ranking with Minnesota in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll. The Eagles finished with 476 points and 20 (of 34) first-place votes, while the Gophers’ 476 included 12 first-place votes. Michigan , which received the other two first-place votes, is ranked No. 3. BC coach Jerry York has 15 returning lettermen from last year’s squad, which won the school’s fifth national title and third in five years. North Dakota and Union round out the top five. UMass-Lowell is ranked No. 7, Boston University 13th.


Lakers’ Blake shelved for three weeks

Lakers guard Steve Blake will be sidelined for at least three weeks after puncturing his left foot on a spike strip in a parking garage. When they begin camp next Monday, the Lakers will also be without star center Dwight Howard, who is recuperating from offseason back surgery . . . Tony DiLeo, who played a major role in landing center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers as part of the four-team Howard deal, was introduced as the 76ers new general manager . . . The Seattle City Council approved a deal to build a new arena designed to lure the NBA back to town. After four decades in Seattle, the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder . . . Former UConn captain Bob Dulin was arrested and charged in Milford, Conn., with violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 sexual assault conviction. Dulin, 54, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2007 after pleading no contest to second-degree sexual assault and acknowledging an improper relationship with a 17-year-old he had coached . . . Washington State junior guard Reggie Moore was dismissed from the team for violating team rules.


Busch has new ride for 2013 season

Furniture Row Racing hired Kurt Busch to drive for the Colorado-based team in 2013, replacing Regan Smith in the No. 78 Chevrolet. Busch, 34, the 2004 NASCAR champion, split with Penske Racing in 2011 and spent this season driving for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup series and his brother Kyle Busch’s Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, where he won twice . . . The Sun Belt Conference suspended Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling for one game following his ejection for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Southern Mississippi. . . . North Carolina suspended freshman punter Nicholas Apostolos Weiler indefinitely after he was arrested Sunday and charged with assault in Chapel Hill, N.C. . . . Casie Cathrea, Karen Chung, and Esther Lee each won two team matches in Olympia Fields, Ill., as the United States took a 6½-4½ lead over Europe at the Junior Ryder Cup. The two-day event concludes Tuesday . . . Travis Tygart, head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, said the organization tightened security after he received several death threats during his investigation of Lance Armstrong. In August, Armstrong dropped any further challenges to USADA’s allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France from 1999-2005. A day later, USADA stripped Armstrong of his Tour titles and banned him for life.