Former Rangers owner dies — Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980 and wasn’t afraid to regularly switch out managers, died on Christmas Eve. He was 75. Corbett’s daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, told The Associated Press that her father died peacefully in his sleep on Monday. With Corbett at the helm, the team had six managers in six years — four in the 1977 season alone. An article on the Rangers’ website also said the team had its first four winning seasons under Corbett and finished second in the AL West three times.
Andruw Jones arrested — Jail records show that former Atlanta Braves star center fielder Andruw Jones is free on bond after being arrested in suburban Atlanta on a battery charge. Gwinnett County Detention Center records say Jones was booked into the county jail around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday and had been released on $2,400 bond by 11 a.m. Jones broke into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07 as their center fielder. Jones signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League earlier this month.
Nadal’s comeback delayed — Rafael Nadal’s return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus. The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven months because of tendinitis in his left knee. But he said on his Facebook page Tuesday that his doctors ordered him to pull out when he was running a fever, telling him his body needed rest. The 11-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since June.
— From wire reports