Mark Buehrle issued a parting shot at Marlins management after his stay with the team lasted only one tumultuous season. The lefthander was part of the blockbuster trade to Toronto as Miami pared $146.5 million in future payroll. “Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to on multiple occasions,” Buehrle said in a statement issued through his agent, Jeff Berry. ‘‘I'm putting it behind me and looking forward to moving on with my career.’’ Team president David Samson said the Marlins didn’t lie, but instead were compelled to make drastic changes after a disastrous season. Buehrle signed a $58 million, four-year deal with the Marlins during their unprecedented spending spree a year ago . . . The White Sox agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with veteran outfielder DeWayne Wise . . . Former pitcher-turned-Christian radio personality Frank Pastore, 55, was critically injured in a motorcycle crash Monday. Pastore pitched for Cincinnati from 1979 until 1985 and Minnesota in 1986. Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca said the 55-year-old remains in critical condition.
Irish’s Te’o among Butkus finalists
Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which is given each year to the top linebacker. Te’o is joined by Kevin Minter of LSU, Jarvis Jones of Georgia, Dion Jordan of Oregon, and C.J. Mosley of Alabama . . . Harvard senior quarterback Colton Chapple and Framingham State junior tailback Melikke Van Alstyne of Salem received this week’s Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards from the New England Football Writers . . . Rising senior linebacker Josh Boyd (Hyde Park/Catholic Memorial) was named the 140th captain of Harvard . . . True freshman A.J. Doyle (Lakeville/Catholic Memorial) will start Friday at quarterback for UMass . . . Duke agreed to an extension through June 2019 with coach David Cutcliffe . . . Auburn coach Gene Chizik declined to ‘‘comment on speculation’’ that the NCAA is investigating alleged improprieties involving the program. The Birmingham News reported Wednesday that NCAA investigators have interviewed at least one assistant coach and several players this week . . . Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said the NCAA was ‘‘malicious’’ in its investigation of former USC assistant coach Todd McNair, who was linked in a report to a scandal surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush. Shaller said the NCAA’s report on ethical breaches by McNair was flawed and that the former coach has shown a probability he can win his defamation claims . . . Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn agreed in principal on an extension through 2017.
Boston part of new women’s league
US Soccer announced that an eight-team women’s league will launch this spring. The clubs will be located in Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, New Jersey, Portland, Seattle, New York, and Washington. The Women’s United Soccer Association folded in 2003, and Women’s Professional Soccer closed up shop earlier this year . . . Chelsea brought Rafael Benitez in as coach, hiring the Spaniard in an interim role after mercilessly firing Robert Di Matteo earlier Wednesday. The 52-year-old Benitez becomes the ninth manager under Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, who displayed his trademark ruthlessness by cutting Di Matteo six months after the Italian led the team to victory in the Champions League . . . Nine-time winner Real Madrid (1-1 draw at Manchester City) and seven-time champion AC Milan (3-1 win at Anderlecht) advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Manchester City, the Premier League champion, was eliminated in the process . . . FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez said he is retiring and moving into a coaching role with the team. The 36-year-old played for five teams in his 13-year MLS career, including the New England Revolution.
Nets’ Evans first flopper fined by NBA
Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans became the first player to be fined under the NBA’s new anti-flopping rules. Evans was fined $5,000 after his second violation of the season Tuesday against the Lakers. His first came in last Thursday’s victory over the Celtics . . . A federal judge temporarily blocked the sale of a dozen items from Evander Holyfield’s boxing career during an upcoming auction of hundreds of personal items and memorabilia amassed by the former heavyweight champion. The restricted items include Holyfield’s robes from his first fight with Mike Tyson and his Olympic bronze medal. Holyfield had sought to limit the sale of 20 items during the Nov. 30 auction that will still feature other items from his career . . . Frankie Dettori, one of the world’s best known jockeys, was temporarily suspended from racing in France following a positive drug test. He tested positive for an unidentified banned substance Sept. 16 after riding at Longchamp. Dettori will not ride anywhere else or make any comment until the matter is settled.