Severely beaten fan receives helping hand
Tim Flannery, the San Francisco Giants’ third-base coach and musician, presented the family of Bryan Stow with $96,000 during the weekend to help with his care as he continues to deal with traumatic injuries and brain damage from being severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011.
And more money is still coming. Flannery received a thank-you voice mail from Stow, the father and former paramedic who struggles to put thoughts and words together nearly three years after the attack.
Flannery and his band, the Lunatic Fringe, just concluded a series of four Northern California concerts benefiting Stow, while all dollars from purchases of Flannery’s 11th album, Outside Lands, go to Stow.
Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt contributed $25,000 to match Flannery’s initial total, while Will Clark wrote a $10,000 check.
• Infielder Chris Nelson and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a minor league contract. The 28-year-old third baseman played for the Rockies, Yankees and Angels last season, batting a combined .227 with three homers and 24 RBI in 64 games.
• The Milwaukee Brewers have signed veteran utilityman Pete Orr to a minor league contract. The team announced the move on Twitter. Orr hit .200 with no homers or RBI in 20 at-bats over 15 games last season for the Phillies.
• Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano is apologizing for starting a brawl during Venezuela’s winter series final. His apology was carried by El Nacional newspaper. The Saturday night fight happened during the third game of the series.
Mickelson still dealing with lower back pain
• Phil Mickelson flew to Georgia to see a specialist about the pain in his lower back, hopeful of defending his title in the Phoenix Open. Mickelson, who first felt soreness in his back while in Abu Dhabi, withdrew after making the 36-hole cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He said he did not want to risk getting into bad habits by compensating for the pain.
• Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been hired to be the Baltimore Ravens’ new offensive coordinator. The 52-year-old Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who left to become coach of the Detroit Lions. The Ravens also announced they have hired Rick Dennison, the Texans former offensive coordinator, as their quarterbacks coach.
• Hoping to attract more tennis fans in Asia, the WTA is moving its season-ending championships from Istanbul to Singapore and will revamp it into a 10-day event with music, entertainment and tennis-related symposiums. The shift to Singapore from 2014-18 marks the first time the event will take place in Asia.
• An Arizona lobbyist targeted in a Fiesta Bowl corruption probe was sentenced Monday to 200 hours of community service and one year of unsupervised probation in a separate case. Gary Husk, 56, was a leading figure in the Fiesta Bowl case but avoided any charges related to that probe after a lengthy investigation. His firm represented the bowl from March 2000 to January 2011.
— Associated Press