Around the Nation (June 16): Pete Rose returns for day to manage Conn. team

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BASEBALL

Pete Rose returns for day to manage Connecticut team

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Pete Rose's jersey was too big, and he was wearing dress pants as he exchanged lineup cards at home plate.

But the major league's career hits leader was back in his element Monday, managing a baseball team, if just for one day.

The 73-year-old Rose served as guest skipper of the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.

Rose was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball for betting on baseball. He later admitted he bet on Reds games while running the team.

Rose could take this one-game job because the Bluefish are not affiliated with any major league team.

Rose says he's relates to the Bluefish players, many of whom also are trying for a second chance in baseball.

Ex-Rangers CEO buying club's Double-A affiliate

FRISCO, Texas -- The Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers is being sold to a group that includes the former CEO of the big league club.

Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC said Monday it is selling the Frisco RoughRiders to Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju, who will remain president of the Texas League team. Greenberg put together a group headlined by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan that bought the Rangers out of bankruptcy in 2010.

Although Greenberg resigned less than a year later, he maintained ties with the Rangers through his ownership of the Class A Myrtle Beach franchise.

BASKETBALL

Clippers shuffle front office, change Doc Rivers' title

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have restructured their basketball leadership, changing coach Doc Rivers' front-office title to president of basketball operations.

Rivers will continue to coach the Clippers under the changes made Monday.

Longtime Rivers assistant Kevin Eastman will become the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, reporting to Rivers and supervising the franchise's basketball dealings.

Pro scouting director Dave Wohl was named the Clippers' general manager, and former GM Gary Sacks was demoted to assistant general manager. Wohl has spent more than four decades in the NBA, including a stint as New Jersey's head coach.

FOOTBALL

Politician rejects Redskins invite, presses for change

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't attend a Washington Redskins home game until the football team changes its name.

In a letter Monday to the team's president, Reid called the Redskins name a racial slur that disparages the American people. The Nevada Democrat, who said he represents 27 tribes in his state, rejected Bruce Allen's invitation to a Redskins home game until the team does the right thing and changes its name.

In May, half of the Senate wrote letters to the NFL urging a change in the team's name. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name.

Allen had written to Reid saying the football team's nickname is "respectful" toward Native Americans.

COLLEGE

Notre Dame WR Mahone arrested in Ohio hometown

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame reserve receiver Will Mahone is facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism after being arrested in his Ohio hometown.

Mahone appeared before an Austintown judge Monday to face those three charges as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for an incident Saturday night in Austintown, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland. A court spokeswoman says Mahone entered not guilty pleas on the misdemeanor charges, but the court didn't accept an initial plea on the felony charges.

Judge David D'Apolito set bond for Mahone at $75,000 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for July 11.

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