Why Vlad Guerrero has turned himself in to police

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Why Vlad Guerrero has turned himself in to police

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Former major leaguer Vladimir Guerrero said he has turned himself over to police in the Dominican Republic after reportedly being involved in a scuffle with a police officer in a disco. In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Guerrero denied he was involved in any attack. "At no time did I attack anyone, nor was I fleeing," he told the AP. "I presented myself at the jail last night after the complaint from the disco, and this morning first thing I went to the police that are handling the case." A spokesman for the police in the Dominican Republic, Maximo Baez Aybar, said no charges have been filed against Guerrero. Baez Aybar, however, maintained that Guerrero was involved in a physical encounter with police officer Renato Pena Rojas. "Mr. Vladimir Guerrero physically attacked Major Renato Pena Rojas after a brawl broke out in the disco in Nizao," Baez Aybar said. "We ask that he turned himself in so the case can be put in the hands of the justice system." The altercation took place in Nizao, which is located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the Dominican capital Santo Domingo. "All that is being alleged is false. Vladimir did not attack anyone -- absolutely no one," his lawyer Polivio Rivas told the AP. "We're going to follow the process, but everything will be cleared up." Guerrero is a free agent after finishing last season with the Baltimore Orioles.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.