The Dodgers are making progress on a Don Mattingly extension. The deal is expected to be done soon.
Mattingly understands he's the manager of a club with a massive payroll so he's expressed to the Dodgers his wish to avoid being a lame-duck manager in the last year of his contract. It looks like his wish will be granted. Anyone that can hold together this club of divergent personalities should be rewarded. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
At this point it is a forgone conclusion that Mattingly will be back with a good sized extension. The Dodgers will look to build upon what was a phenomenal ending to the 2013 season.ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Fred Hoiberg is close to being named Bulls Head Coach
The deal to name Hoiberg the new Bulls Head Coach is all but done. They Mayor, a nickname, played 10 seasons in the NBA, 4 of which were for the Bulls, is leaving his current position of Head Coach at Iowa State University. In his 4 seasons in Ames, the Cyclones made the NCAA Tournament 4 times including a trip to the Sweet 16. A 115-66 record earned him and the team two consecutive Big-12 titles. Hoiberg will be replacing Tom Thibodeau who was fired on Thursday after 5 seasons at the helm. Analysis: Matt Selz