MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games because of his comments about Fidel Castro.
The suspension by the team takes effect immediately. It was announced today shortly before Guillen held a news conference to apologize for his remarks, which caused a public backlash.
Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. At least two local officials said Guillen should lose his job.
Guillen left his team in Philadelphia and flew to Miami to apologize Tuesday at the Marlins' new ballpark. The Marlins and Phillies had the day off and resume their series in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Day and night action
BASEBALL: GAMES TONIGHT
Two undefeated teams play tonight
UNDATED (AP) — Today in baseball, an undefeated season is about to end for either the Detroit Tigers or the Tampa Bay Rays. The two 3-0 teams play this afternoon in Detroit. Matt Moore makes his first start of the year for the Rays, its also Rick Porcello's first start for the Tigers.
The New York Yankees posted their first win last night and they go for number two tonight in Baltimore. Freddy Garcia pitches for the Yanks against Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles.
The Boston Red Sox are also looking for a second win in a row tonight in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Converted reliever Daniel Bard gets his first start for Boston against Toronto's Kyle Drabek.
Also tonight in the American League, The Chicago White Sox are at Cleveland, Seattle is at Texas and Kansas City is Oakland.
In the National League, the only day game is in Los Angeles. Its the home opener for the Dodgers on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Dodger Stadium. A new ownership group featuring Magic Johnson has things looking up in Los Angeles, and a 3-1 start hasn't hurt as the Dodgers go for their fifth straight home-opening win. The Pirates come in with a 2-1 record.
The New York Mets shoot for five wins in a row to start the season. The Mets host the Washington Nationals tonight. Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets, Ross Detwiler starts for Washington, losers of two in a row.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for two wins in a row in Cincinnati tonight against the Reds. Kyle Lohse takes to the mound tonight for St. Louis, he won on Opening Night. Mike Leake pitches for the 2-2 Reds.
A couple of surprise teams play tonight in Houston. The Atlanta Braves are a surprise, because they are 0-4, that hasn't happened since the team went 0-10 in 1988. The Astros are a surprising 3-1 and beat the Braves last night 8-3.
Also tonight, Milwaukee at the Chicago Cubs and Arizona at San Diego.
Heat/Celtics and Knicks/Bulls tonight
UNDATED (AP) — In the NBA, the big matchup is in Miami. The Boston Celtics easily beat the Miami Heat last week in Boston, but this time, the Celtics are the road team. LeBron James says the Heat will be better prepared this time. The Celtics have used a 7-2 run to climb into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks got the best of Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls over the weekend, pulling out a thrilling win in front of a nationally televised audience. The Bulls won't have to wait too long for a chance at revenge. NBA-leading Chicago looks to continue its home domination of New York as these Eastern Conference rivals square off again tonight at the United Center.
Also tonight, Charlotte is at Cleveland, Sacramento is at Dallas, Orlando is at Washington and Philadelphia is at New Jersey.
New deal foe wide-receiver
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Panthers five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith has agreed to a contract extension that will likely keep him with Carolina for the remainder of his NFL career.
The new contract runs through the 2015 season, the person told The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the deal. Smith's contract was to expire after the 2012 season.
The Panthers have a called a news conference for later Tuesday.
Smith, who turns 33 in May, has spent all 11 seasons with the Panthers. He was selected to the Pro Bowl last season after catching 79 passes for 1,394 yards with seven touchdowns playing alongside rookie quarterback Cam Newton.
Murray awaits Olympics
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray says he is treating the tennis tournament at the London Olympics like a fifth Grand Slam.
The fourth-ranked Briton, who has never won a major, says "10 or 15 years ago, guys were skipping the Olympics. Everybody is playing it now — it's like the slams."
Murray lost in the first round at his only previous Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
He says he was "very nervous before I played, which normally tells you something of the significance."
Murray has a hectic schedule this summer, with the Olympics coming after Wimbledon and before the U.S. Open.
Murray spoke today at a news conference to announce he will defend his Queen's Club title at Queen's before Wimbledon.