After 22 years as an integral part of The Times sports department, Mike James was named sports editor Monday.
James, 60, replaces Randy Harvey, who recently became the paper's associate editor after three years as sports editor.
James, a 1971 graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, joined The Times' Orange County sports operation in 1985 as an assistant sports editor, moved to the downtown office in 1989 as a sports news editor and eventually became assistant and senior assistant sports editor.
He interrupted his newspaper career for two years to become a coordinating producer at FoxSports.com and executive editor at Fox Sports Net. He returned to The Times in 2002 and has served as Harvey's deputy for the last three years.
An avid golfer, James has covered the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open golf events. Among his more notable works was his story in 2000 on increasing rowdiness among fans at golf tournaments.