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The 34th annual event is today at Clearwater High's Jack White Stadium, 540 S Hercules Ave. The Wingding, Gobbler and Turkey Trot begin on Keene Road, south of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. The Fun Run begins on Druid Road.

• Wingding, a 3.1-mile race, starts at 7 a.m.

• Fun Run, a 3.1-mile fitness run/walk, starts at 7:30

• Gobbler, a 1-mile fitness run/walk, starts at 8:30

• Turkey Trot, a 6.2-mile race, starts at 8:45

On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. today ($20 for Wingding and Turkey Trot, $15 for Gobbler and Fun Run)


Buehrle on trade by marlins: 'i was lied to'

MIAMI — Mark Buehrle issued a parting shot at Marlins management after his stay with the team lasted only one tumultuous season.

The left-hander was part of a blockbuster trade that sent Buehrle, All-Star SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson and two others to the Blue Jays as the Marlins pared $146.5 million in future payroll.

"I'm upset with how things turned out in Miami," Buehrle said in a statement issued Wednesday through agent Jeff Berry. "Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to on multiple occasions."

Team president David Samson said the Marlins didn't lie to Buehrle, who signed a $58 million, four-year deal, but instead were compelled to make drastic changes after a season that included a last-place finish in their new ballpark.

Berry said he and Buehrle were wary of signing with the Marlins.

"Throughout the recruiting process, the Marlins made repeated assurances about their long-term commitment to Mark and his family and their long-term commitment to building a winning tradition of Marlins baseball in the new stadium," Berry said in a statement.

"At the same time, given the Marlins history, we were all certainly aware of and voiced concern about the lack of no-trade protection. … Mark held up his end of the bargain; unfortunately, the same can't be said of the Marlins."

White Sox: OF Dwayne Wise, 34, agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Yankees: In choosing to sign a one-year, $15 million deal, RHP Hiroki Kuroda declined other offers of more money and years, reported. Besides the Yankees, the teams most interested in Kuroda were the Dodgers and Red Sox. Kuroda, 38, was glad to take a one-year offer because he wants to finish his career in Japan.


Chelsea quick to fire manager

Roberto Di Matteo's reign as Chelsea manager ended suddenly when he was fired only six months after guiding the club to an unlikely Champions League title. Rafa Benitez was appointed interim manager until the end of the season. Owner Roman Abramo­vich displayed his trademark ruthlessness by getting rid of Di Matteo with the defense of the European trophy in tatters after a 3-0 loss at Juventus on Tuesday. "The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough, and the owner and the board felt that a change was necessary to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a (vital) part of the season," Chelsea said in a statement.

Champions League: Real Madrid advanced to the knockout phase as host Manchester City's campaign ended in the group stage for a second successive season after a 1-1 draw.

Et cetera

Autos: NASCAR driver Jeff Burton had surgery on his wrist to alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Sports in brief 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 9:48pm]
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