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Jim Leyland resigns as Tigers' manager

The 69-year-old guided the Tigers to two World Series appearances during his eight-year tenure in Detroit.

October 21, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as the manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as the manager of the Detroit… (Rob Carr / Getty Images )

Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.

Leyland announced his departure two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL Championship Series by Boston in six games.

"I'm going to be 69 years old," he said at a news conference. "I'm not ashamed of that. I'm proud of it. The fuel's getting a little low."

Leyland has been working under one-year contracts the last couple of years, saying he was content to wait until after the season to address his status.

Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. He led them to the World Series immediately after taking over in 2006, losing to St. Louis in five games. The Tigers went to the World Series again in 2012 but were swept by San Francisco.


Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera might need surgery to repair a tear in his groin that limited him in the playoffs.

Cabrera hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 runs batted in this season, but he was bothered for the last couple of months by a number of injuries.


Tim Bogar, who managed the Angels' double-A Arkansas team to the Texas League championship series this season, left the organization to become the bench coach on Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington's staff.

Bogar, a former big league infielder who was believed to be a candidate for the Angels' third base coach job, spent 2009-2012 as a Boston Red Sox coach.

In addition, major league scout Jeff Schugel, who spent nine years with the organization and is the father of Angels pitching prospect A.J. Schugel, has resigned to pursue opportunities with other teams.

—Mike DiGiovanna


Oregon's Aliotti fined by Pac-12

The Pac-12 Conference announced it had reprimanded and fined Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti $5,000 for criticizing officials and also for postgame comments directed at Washington State Coach Mike Leach.

Aliotti had criticized the league's officiating program leading up to the Washington State game Saturday. After the game, he called Leach "low-class" for passing on Oregon's scout team late in a 62-38 Oregon win.

—Chris Dufresne

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal must beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden in a playoff to advance to the World Cup in Brazil.

The two were drawn to face each other in a two-leg series scheduled for Nov. 15 and 19.

Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return match in Paris, Iceland will host Croatia in the first leg, and Greece was paired with Romania.

The four winners will complete Europe's 13 entries in the 32-team World Cup draw on Dec. 6 in Salvador, Brazil.


Backers of Shane Mosley say the Pomona boxer has withdrawn from his scheduled bout with Anthony Mundine in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday because of a contract dispute.

Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer issued a statement from Los Angeles saying "we have no choice but to protect our fighter" because financial terms of the contract had not been met.


The NCAA will unveil the findings of its long investigation into Miami athletics and release any proposed sanctions on Tuesday, about 21/2 years after the probe began and more than eight months after saying the Hurricanes did not "exercise institutional control" over former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro's interactions with the football and men's basketball programs.

The report will be released at 7 a.m. PDT, the NCAA said.

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