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Sports in brief: White Sox owner gave Guillen okay to leave early for Marlins


owner gave guillen okay to leave

CHICAGO — Ozzie Guillen left the White Sox four months ago, and they're still talking about him in Chicago.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf defended his former manager Monday, saying Guillen had his blessing to leave the team before the season was over. Guillen was released from his contract with two games left last year and became the Marlins manager two days later.

"Ozzie told me he wanted to finish out the year, the Marlins really wanted him in Miami for the conclusion of the season, and I told him that he had no choice but to go given the excitement surrounding the opening of their new stadium and the unveiling of their new uniforms," Reinsdorf said in a statement. "Ozzie needed to be in Miami at the end of the season for the Marlins."

Reinsdorf's statement came after White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy questioned whether Guillen quit on the team during an interview on WSCR-AM 670 on Jan. 14. Guillen then took to his Twitter account Friday and promised to tell the truth about his departure from Chicago.

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Blue Jays: Omar Vizquel agreed to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. ESPN first reported the sides had agreed to a deal. The veteran infielder, who turns 45 on April 24, would be headed to his 24th major-league season if he makes the club.

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Obituary: Andy Musser, a sports announcer for 45 years and a Phillies broadcaster for a quarter-century, died Sunday. He was 74. Mr. Musser's son, Allan, said his father died at his home in Wynnewood in suburban Philadelphia. Mr. Musser retired in 2001 after 25 years with the Phillies.


Report: Navy to make Big East move official

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Eclipse winner leads pack at Downs

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Preakness winner gives birth: Rachel Alexandra and her first foal are "doing well" a day after the 2009 Horse of the Year gave birth to a bay colt in Lexington, Ky. The 125-pound colt with a star was sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. The 6-year-old Rachel Alexandra was the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness when she accomplished it in 2009.

Breeders Cup in prime time: NBC Sports Group and the Breeders' Cup have agreed to a multiyear deal for the network to televise the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships beginning with the 2012 event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. NBC Sports Network will televise the races before NBC picks up coverage from 8-9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Soccer: Jeff Cunningham, a former USF star and the all-time leading goal scorer in MLS, signed a one-year deal with Guatemalan club Comunicaciones.

Gymnastics: Athens Olympic champion Paul Hamm plans to compete at a U.S. men's ranking meet next month, his first competition since breaking his hand at the 2008 national championships. He is the only American man to win the Olympic and world all-around titles.

Sailing: Canada's David Wright took two first-place finishes in the Laser Blue Fleet, putting him in second place overall behind Great Britain's Paul Goodison and three points ahead of his prime competitor Chris Dold at the Rolex Miami OCR. Dold, in third place overall, is fighting with Wright for Canada's berth at the 2012 London Games.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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