Dodgers’ Ronald Belisario, who missed, 2011 season, gets visa
Reliever Ronald Belisario has received a visa and will be in Arizona when the Dodgers open spring training, according to his agent. The hard-throwing Venezuelan missed the entire 2011 season because he was unable to gain entry into the United States.
Belisario posted a 2.04 earned-run average in 69 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but his career was subsequently derailed by a series of personal problems. Facing drunk-driving charges, he had trouble securing a visa the next year and reported late to camp. (He eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges.) Belisario left the team for more than a month during the 2010 regular season to receive treatment in a substance-abuse program.
— Dylan Hernandez
Former Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake signed a one-year, $2-million, non-guaranteed contract with the Colorado Rockies. Performance bonuses could add another million.
Blake, who was on the Dodgers the last 3½ seasons was a standout player when healthy. But at 38, he’s coming off his worst and most trying season. He went on the disabled list three times before undergoing neck surgery.
— Steve Dilbeck
A veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News was accused in a newspaper report Tuesday of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s, including his niece, who is now a prosecutor.
Authorities said no criminal charges would be pursued against Bill Conlin because the allegations of abuse happened too long ago.
Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and author, retired just ahead of the story’s publication online by the Philadelphia Inquirer, his former editor said. Conlin’s lawyer said his client would not comment about the story but would fight the claims.
“Mr. Conlin is obviously floored by these allegations which supposedly happened 40 years ago. He’s engaged me to do everything possible to bring the facts forward to vindicate his name,” said attorney George Bochetto.
The newspaper reported that the four accusers claim Conlin groped and fondled them in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12.
Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin’s who is now a prosecutor in Atlantic City, N.J., and others told the newspaper they were speaking out in part because of the child sex abuse allegations being faced by Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach. Like in the Sandusky case, people aware of the allegations involving Conlin years ago did not go to police, the newspaper said.
A Maine man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage boy.
Lewiston resident Zach Tomaselli pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts under a plea agreement his lawyer said would cap his sentence at three years and three months in prison.
Tomaselli is one of four men to level sexual-abuse accusations against Fine.
Authorities are investigating a report that New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley physically abused his 5-year-old son in Gadsden, Ala., his hometown.
Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said an investigation into the allegations made by the child’s mother has begun and evidence will be presented to a grand jury if it’s determined there’s probable cause.
David Beckham’s management company took issue Wednesday with French media reports that had the Galaxy midfielder agreeing in principle to a $1 million-a-month deal to join Paris Saint-Germain next year.
“No agreement has been reached with any club yet; talks of a deal are premature,” a spokesman for Simon Fuller’s company XIX Entertainment said. “David has yet to make a final decision on his future.”
Beckham’s five-year contract with the Galaxy expires on Dec. 31. However the MLS Cup champions did lose another key performer from its central midfield Wednesday when Juninho agreed to a deal that will return him to Sao Paulo in his native Brazil.
— Kevin Baxter
Abby Wambach’s clutch performance at last summer’s Women’s World Cup made her the clear choice for the 2011 female athlete of the year, selected by members of the Associated Press. The forward on the U.S. soccer team received 65 of the 214 votes cast. Teammate Hope Solo (38) was a distant second and basketball star Maya Moore (35) was third.