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Dodgers' divorce saga approaches a conclusion

LOS ANGELES — Jamie and Frank McCourt agreed Friday to have a one-day trial Aug. 4 to determine if title to the Dodgers is in his name or if it should be considered community property in their divorce.

If Jamie prevails, the team, stadium and surrounding property will be sold and the proceeds split. If Frank prevails, Jamie will get $100 million.

A judge previously deemed invalid a postnuptial marital agreement that gave Frank sole ownership of the team. That cleared the way for Jamie to seek the sale of the team and half the proceeds under California's community property law. All other aspects of the contentious divorce have been settled, Frank said.

In April, MLB assumed control of the franchise because, commissioner Bud Selig said, it was concerned about the team's finances and how the franchise was being run.

The McCourts' agreement anticipates league approval of a 17-year TV contract with Fox, Frank said. That deal is reportedly worth $3 billion, including $385 million up front. MLB declined to comment.

Despite Frank's pledge that none of the up-front TV-deal money would be used toward the divorce, the settlement terms show otherwise. About $50 million would be placed in an account subject to a judge's orders, $10 million would be used for attorneys' fees, and about $80 million would be used for paying off the Dodgers' debt.

Marlins demote East Lake's Coghlan

ST. PETERSBURG — Marlins OF Chris Coghlan, an East Lake High graduate and the 2009 NL rookie of the year, was sent to Triple A. Coghlan, who turns 26 today, is hitting .230 with a .296 on-base percentage.

"He took it hard," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He knows he belongs here. We believe Chris Coghlan needs to work on his swing. We all know he's a way better hitter than he's been showing. We really believe if he goes back to basics and with less pressure, he'll be fine."

Coghlan hasn't been the same since tearing the meniscus in his left knee while delivering a pie in the face to a teammate while celebrating a win July 25, Rodriguez said. "I know what I'm seeing right now. That's not the Chris Coghlan I know," Rodriguez said.

Crawford, Youkilis leave: Red Sox LF Carl Crawford and 3B Kevin Youkilis left Friday's game against the Brewers early. Crawford left in the first after tweaking his left hamstring while beating out an infield single. Youkilis left in the fifth with a stomach illness.

More Red Sox: Closer Jonathan Papelbon's suspension stemming from bumping an umpire June 4 was reduced from three games to two. He sat Friday and also will do so today. Also, SS Jed Lowrie went on the DL with a strained left shoulder.

Braves: RHP Tommy Hanson went on the DL with inflammation in his right shoulder. An MRI exam showed no structural damage. Also, 3B Chipper Jones didn't start against the Rangers, one night after straining an adductor muscle in his right leg. He is day to day.

Brewers: RHP Shaun Marcum left in the second vs. Boston with a strained left hip flexor but hopes to make his next start.

Indians: DH Travis Hafner was activated after missing 28 games with a strained right oblique muscle. Also, 1B Matt LaPorta left in the third against the Pirates with what the team called a right lower-leg injury sustained while caught in a rundown.

Orioles: Results of an MRI exam on RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who left Thursday's start with a sore back, were "as good as one could have hoped," team president Andy MacPhail said. His status for his next start, set for Tuesday, had not been determined.

Rockies: C Jose Morales went on the DL with a broken right thumb two days after being hit by a foul ball.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

Dodgers' divorce saga approaches a conclusion 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:47pm]
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