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Lawyers claim McCourts are co-owners

August 20, 2010

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Jamie McCourt’s attorneys said yesterday they have located a document showing she has an equal stake in the ownership of the Dodgers and that the revelation will dramatically alter a bitter struggle for the team amid her and Frank McCourt’s divorce proceedings. The attorneys filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to allow a 2004 property agreement as evidence during a team ownership hearing scheduled to begin Aug. 30. Yesterday’s filing contends that newly discovered documents correctly spell out the team’s ownership, granting Jamie a stake. An attorney for Frank said all copies of the exhibit should be considered by the judge deciding the ownership issue, but that the newly revealed version does not change the overall agreement and the Boston businessman remains the team’s sole owner . . . The Pirates added 16-year-old Mexican righthander Luis Heredia to their system, agreeing to purchase his rights from the Veracruz Red Eagles of the Mexican Baseball League. The 6-foot-6-inch Heredia was ranked by Baseball America as the top pitching prospect internationally entering the year. His fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s . . . Phillies slugger Ryan Howard will start a rehab assignment today with the club’s Single A affiliate in Lakewood, N.J. He has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle since Aug. 2.

Blazers’ Fernandez fined for comments
The NBA fined Trail Blazers swingman Rudy Fernandez $25,000 for public statements that are “detrimental’’ to the league. The fine was imposed after Fernandez’s agent, Andy Miller, told several media outlets Fernandez wants to play in Europe and is willing to sit out for the next two seasons, the time left on his Portland contract . . . In the WNBA, Nicole Powell scored 20 points, Cappie Pondexter had 16 and host New York beat Tulsa, 95-85 for its franchise-record 10th straight victory.

Ex-Maverick Vincent indicted for fraud
Former Dallas player and Michigan State star Jay Vincent was indicted for an Internet employment scam that bilked about 20,000 job seekers out of about $2 million, the US Attorney’s office said in Detroit. Vincent, 51, and Anthony Portee, 53, are charged with mail fraud and Vincent is also charged with an income tax violation. Vincent and Portee’s company, Foreclosure Bank Inspection Co., claimed to test, certify, and employ people to inspect bank foreclosed homes, and advertised that the company had contracts and received large checks from major banks to do the work. In reality, the copies of contracts and checks used in the ads were altered or counterfeit, the indictment said.

Nadal, Murray advance in Cincinnati
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal survived a set point in the second-set tiebreaker, then surged to a 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 victory over Julien Benneteau to reach the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters. Andy Murray defeated Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), and Novak Djokovic beat David Nalbandian, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) . . . Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied for 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska to advance to the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. She will face Zheng Jie, who upset fourth seed Elena Dementieva, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

WAC commissioner decries defections
Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said departing schools Fresno State and Nevada will have to pay $5 million to his league and wait until 2012 to move after accepting the Mountain West’s invitation and dismantling an agreement the WAC was on the verge of completing with Brigham Young. The Cougars were in line to rejoin the WAC in all sports other than football, in which they would have become an independent. Benson called Fresno State and Nevada’s decision “selfish.’’

Cannons’ Poskay wins MLL MVP award
Boston Cannons attackman Matt Poskay was named Major League Lacrosse’s Most Valuable Player. The award was based on votes from the coaches and general managers of each of the MLL’s six teams. He led the league with 45 goals and 52 points in 12 games . . . American Jeremy Wariner ran the world’s fastest 400 meters this year at the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting in Zurich, finishing in 44.13 seconds to take 0.27 off Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales’s time set last month. Tyson Gay, Trell Kimmons, Wallace Spearmon and anchor Michael Rodgers won the 400 relay in 37.45 seconds . . . Ryan Lochte flirted with the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, but fell off the pace, finishing in 4 minutes 7.59 seconds for a gold medal in the Pan Pacific swimming championships at Irvine Calif.