Tigers pick former rival, hire Gardenhire as new manager

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process.

The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year contract.

Gardenhire takes over for Brad Ausmus, who was let go after four seasons as Detroit's manager. The Tigers went 64-98 this season, finishing tied for the worst record in the majors.

Rare Jackie Robinson rookie jersey up for auction

NEW YORK (AP) A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson's historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions.

The jersey, part of a Heroes of Sports offering by Heritage Auctions, has been certified by Mears, one of the top memorabilia authentication companies. It is accompanied by a letter from Robinson's widow, Rachel, saying it is the one brought home by the Hall of Famer at the end of the 1947 season, when he became the first black player in the majors and earned Rookie of the Year honors. (MORE)

Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles

WASHINGTON (AP) Dusty Baker's time as the manager of the Washington Nationals is over after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories.

The Nationals announced Friday that they would not be bringing Baker back. His two-year deal with the club is expiring. (MORE)

School board revives legal battle over athletic field lights

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut school board is gearing up to revive a legal battle to expand lighting at athletic fields.

The Greenwich Time reports the Board of Education voted Thursday night to prepare for litigation to modify court restrictions on lighting at Greenwich high school fields. But a neighbor has already vowed to relaunch a million-dollar campaign to restrict the use of lights that he says shine too brightly into nearby homes. (MORE)

Arsenal-Everton Preview

Now it's a crisis.

Ronald Koeman could be coaching for his future Sunday when his embattled Everton side host Arsenal at Goodison Park. (MORE)

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