Gloria James, mother of Heat star LeBron James, was released from jail Thursday after being arrested early in the morning outside a Miami hotel for allegedly assaulting a valet. Gloria, who pleaded no contest to DUI in 2006, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and had bloodshot eyes when officers arrived on the scene at 4:47 a.m. Thursday, police said. The valet and witnesses told police that he brought the car to the front of the hotel but turned it off after waiting 30 minutes for Gloria.

New Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano apologized to the media Wednesday for not talking after struggling in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Twins. Soriano said Yankees management told him through his agent, Scott Boras, that he needs to be accessible in the future. The free agent signee who has a questionable reputation — as Peter Gammons explained on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday — said he was so upset after costing CC Sabathia a win that he didn't even answer the phone when his mother called from the Dominican Republic.

Fenway Sports Management announced Wednesday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with LRMR, LeBron James' marketing company. The deal will have James "acquire an interest" in Liver

The Yankees — who squandered a late four-run lead and lost in 10 innings to the Twins Tuesday night — are involved in a "misunderstanding" with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The team for many years has had a between-innings scoreboard segment in which three MTA trains race to Yankee Stadium. The MTA allowed the Yankees to use its name and those of the trains — B, D and 4 — because it promoted public transportation, and all the MTA asked was that the team not sell sponsorship of the segment.

This is without a doubt my favorite four-week stretch of the year.



Former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar, who was one of the final cuts by the Cubs last year, criticized ex-Cubs manager Lou Piniella for his lack of communication and apparent disorganization. "I didn't get a chance to play with Lou, but I mean, there definitely was something missing," Millar said Monday in a radio appearance on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" in Chicago. "You have to have more organization and know who is going in the game that day."

It's been a long season for the Mets, even though it's only a weekend old. Toward the end of Friday night's season-opening loss to the Marlins, Mets cable station SNY broadcast a clip from the adult cartoon show "Family Guy" in which a character says, "It's Opening Day, and here's the first pitch ... and the season's over." The clip was cut off before the "season's over" comment, but it still generated some interest.

A female Baltimore sports talk radio personality filed an $800,000 defamation lawsuit against a rival radio host for comments that she was unqualified for her job and had "personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships" with pro athletes. Jennifer Royle, who left New York's YES network in 2010 to work for Baltimore cable network MASN and radio station 105.7 "The Fan," is suing Nestor Aparicio, two of his co-workers and the station Aparicio owns, WNST.

NBA legend (and one-time Celtic) Dominique Wilkins, a Hawks vice president and television analyst, was attacked by a fan after the Hawks' victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the attacker was former NBA and college basketball referee Rashan Michel, who was arrested and charged with simple battery. Michel told police Wilkins owed him money for suits purchased several years ago from a clothing store Michel had owned.

Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge has been living in Wellesley with his uncle, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, while trying to get a grip on his drug and alcohol addiction. Erik says he's been clean and sober for eight months, the longest such stretch since he was 11 years old. He tells the details of his troubles in a piece at ESPN. Said Erik: "During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would've made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy."