Guillen goes online, says he's going to Marlins
MIAMI — Ozzie Guillen tweeted Tuesday that he was in town "ready to go" with the Florida Marlins, and the clubhouse buzz was all about the new manager.
One minor holdup: The Marlins had yet to confirm a deal, saving some suspense for the final day of the regular season today. But Guillen's website eliminated much of the drama by leaking the news he has agreed to become the Marlins' manager.
A post Monday night quoted Guillen announcing he was Florida bound. The blog was taken down a short time later and replaced by a post that discussed Guillen's departure from the Chicago White Sox, while making no mention of the Marlins.
On Tuesday afternoon Guillen tweeted: "Weird to be in miami in this time but very happy ready to go".
Florida manager Jack McKeon said Monday he planned to retire at the end of the season. Guillen announced his departure with the White Sox hours later, but said nothing about taking another job. Florida officials declined to comment.
SAN FRANCISCO — Relatives of the San Francisco Giants fan nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium says he went outside for the first time in nearly six months as he shows more signs of improvement.
Bryan Stow's family wrote on their website that the father of two looked toward the sun Friday and said "It's magical."
Stow over the past week also made jokes, recognized family members and recalled memories from his childhood. The family says the 42-year-old paramedic speaks just a few words at a time rather than full conversations.
San Francisco General Hospital chief neurosurgeon Dr. Geoff Manley last week said doctors were encouraged by Stow's improvements but that he has far to go as he recovers from the traumatic brain injury inflicted in the March attack in Los Angeles.
49ers unveil plans for new stadium in Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers still don't know whether they will have the financing to build a new stadium near their practice facility in Santa Clara but were optimistic enough to unveil plans for one Tuesday.
If nothing else, the 49ers dream large.
Everything about the stadium, from the 165 luxury suites to a planned five-story photo of "The Catch," which sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 1981, has been designed to make it a fan-friendly entertainment center.
The 49ers opened a preview center, at a cost of $2.5 million, last November to showcase the new stadium for prospective suite, club seat and season ticket holders.
In June 2010, Santa Clara voters passed a plan by the 49ers to build the 68,500-seat stadium. Under the agreement with the team, the city and area hotels would contribute $114 million to the $937 million project next to Great America theme park.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans released running back Steve Slaton on Tuesday and signed Chris Ogbonnaya from the practice squad.
The 5-foot-9, 209-pound Slaton was a third-round pick in 2008 and was the NFL's top rookie rusher with 1,282 yards. He rushed for 437 yards but fumbled seven times in 2009 and was placed on injured reserve after 11 games. He had neck surgery after the season, and never regained his form.
Arian Foster emerged in 2010, and Slaton was relegated to backup duty and returning kicks. Foster has been limited by a left hamstring strain early this season, and 2010 second-round pick Ben Tate topped 100 yards rushing in Houston's first two games. Slaton has only seven carries for 20 yards this season.
Compiled from wire reports