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Loan agreement could protect Dodgers

August 6, 2011

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Under the terms of a $150 million loan agreement submitted to federal bankruptcy court, Major League Baseball cannot seize control of the Dodgers if the team defaults, according to a report in the New York Times. “The worst that can happen - in the narrow case of default - is they can stop funding,’’ said Bruce Bennett, one of the Dodgers’ lawyers. “It is not a secured loan, so baseball can’t foreclose on anything.’’ Bennett said the team’s current cash needs were not dire and that it did not immediately need to ask for any of the $150 million. If Judge Kevin Gross of the bankruptcy court signs the order approving the loan, tensions between the team and MLB should abate. In court filings, the Dodgers have accused Commissioner Bud Selig of forcing them into bankruptcy by rejecting loans and a TV deal with Fox Sports. Selig has accused Dodgers owner Frank McCourt of mismanagement . . . The Royals optioned Yamaico Navarro to Triple A Omaha, a day after the former Red Sox infielder drove in three runs in a 9-4 victory over Baltimore . . . The Marlins placed infielder Omar Infante on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right middle finger and recalled Joe Thurston from Triple A New Orleans. . . . Cleveland placed infielder Jack Hannahan on the paternity list and recalled outfielder Shelley Duncan from Triple A Columbus. Duncan has appeared in 36 games this season.

Avery accused of shoving police officer Rangers forward Sean Avery is out on $20,000 bail after he was arrested in California on allegations he shoved an officer at his Hollywood Hills home. A noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. yesterday. Lieutenant Jorge Pardo said Avery answered the front door, shoved an officer, and slammed the door, but cooperated when officers knocked a second time. The officer wasn’t injured, but the 31-year-old Avery was booked on suspicion of battery on a police officer and released about seven hours later . . . Phoenix signed forward Patrick O’Sullivan to a one-year deal. The 26-year-old played 31 games with Carolina and Minnesota last season, collecting two goals and six assists.

Pitino extorter files federal appeal The woman convicted of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino asked a federal appeals court to overturn her conviction and seven-year prison sentence. Attorneys for 51-year-old Karen Cunagin Sypher filed a brief with the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming there was a broad conspiracy involving Pitino, the federal trial judge, and Sypher’s former attorney to ensure she would be found guilty . . . Harvard will be well represented at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Aug. 28-Sept. 4. Current Crimson Andrew Campbell and Austin Meyer will join alumni Caryn Davies, Esther Lofgren, Will Newell, and Henrik Rummel on the US roster . . . Southern Mississippi linebacker Tim Green and defensive end Deddrick Jones returned for their first practice at full strength eight months after being shot in an off-campus altercation . . . Syracuse suspended receiver Marcus Sales indefinitely after his arrest for drug possession last week.

Warren makes third US boxing squad Rau’shee Warren became the first American boxer to make three Olympic teams, beating Shawn Simpson, 31-18, in the flyweight finals of the US Boxing Trials at Mobile, Ala. Warren still has to qualify in the top 10 at the World Championships in Azerbaijan Sept. 22 to make it to the 2012 Olympics in London . . . Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley shoved a heckler in the face during a playground game in New York City, but later shook the fan’s hand. He was jawing with the fan during the game when he shoved the fan’s face, before being led away by a security guard and teammates . . . In the WNBA, a 20-point effort from Sue Bird, including a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left, led Seattle past visiting Connecticut, 81-79 . . . Jessica Davenport scored 17 points as Indiana rolled to an 85-65 victory over host Tulsa, handing the Shock their franchise record-tying 13th straight loss . . . In MLS action, host Colorado beat Columbus, 2-0, behind goals from Brian Mullan and Omar Cummings . . . John Isner reached his third straight ATP semifinal, beating Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1, at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington. He will face top-seeded Gael Monfils, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Janko Tipsarevic . . . Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva fought off three break points in the third set en route to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, Calif. She advances to play Ana Ivanovic, who beat Peng Shuai, 6-4, 6-2 . . . Garrett Weber-Gale won the 100-meter freestyle at the US Swimming Championships at Stanford, Calif., with a time of 48.87. Conor Dwyer won the 200 individual medley in 1:59.19, Kathleen Hersey took 200 butterfly in 2:07.61, and Elizabeth Beisel won the 200 backstroke in 2:08.81.