New York Yankees bench coach Joe Girardi was hired yesterday as manager of the Florida Marlins, agreeing to a three-year contract.
Girardi, who also interviewed for the Tampa Bay job, spent 15 years as a major league catcher, then went into broadcasting in 2004 and came out of the booth to join the Yankees' staff this season.
He'll be introduced by the Marlins at a news conference today, the team said.
"I am extremely pleased to have Joe in our organization, and I look forward to his input as we start focusing on next year," owner Jeffrey Loria said.
Girardi was apparently Loria's first choice from the outset and was the first candidate to interview with the Marlins owner. A follow-up interview took place Oct. 12 in New York with Loria and General Manager Larry Beinfest.
Girardi, 41, will succeed Jack McKeon, who led the Marlins to the World Series title in 2003 but resigned after the team finished a disappointing 83-79 this year.
* SOCCER: Lyon defeated Olympiakos, 2-1, leaving the four-time defending French champions as one of three teams with perfect records in the Champions League.
Inter Milan's perfect record was blemished with a 2-0 loss at 2004 champion Porto. Two other teams won big: Chelsea routed Real Betis, 4-0, and nine-time champion Real Madrid overwhelmed Rosenborg, 4-1.
Sidney Govou scored the winning goal for Lyon, giving the French team three wins in three Champions League games, and nine points atop Group F. Olympiakos has lost its first three.
Bayern Munich and Arsenal, the other clubs with perfect records in Europe's top club tournament, picked up victories Tuesday.
* TENNIS: Andy Roddick blew a match point and lost, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), to Ivo Karlovic in the second round of the Madrid Masters in a contest between big servers.
Roddick, seeded second, was playing his first match since losing in the first round of the U.S. Open.
"For two sets, I don't think I could have played better," Roddick said. "It was the highest quality match we've played."
He had an easy first set and held match point at 6-5 in the second-set tiebreaker against the 6-foot-10 Croat, the ATP Tour's tallest player. Karlovic won the tiebreaker, 9-7, on his second set point when Roddick's return went wide.
* OLYMPICS: World Cup skeleton champion Noelle Pikus-Pace broke her left leg when an American four-man bobsled slammed into her during a competition in Canada.
The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said the 22-year-old Olympic hopeful from Orem, Utah, was waiting with two other sliders when the bobsled overran the stop area at Calgary Olympic Park and struck her. The other athletes, Tristan Gale and Lee Ann Parsley, suffered minor injuries.
Pikus-Pace was being evaluated at a hospital for a compound fracture of her lower left leg, federation spokesman Tom LaDue said. There was no immediate word on how long Pikus-Pace's recovery would take or whether she could compete in the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, this winter.
-- From News Services