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Struggling pitcher files for divorce

John Lackey, a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, has had a rough season, posting a 12-12 record and an earned run average of 6.41. However, off the field, life may be even more difficult for the hurler.

According to the Boston Globe, Lackey has filed for divorce from his wife, Krista, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Lackey has battled with the Boston sports media throughout his tenure in the city, but the divorce claims resulted in a fiery press conference following the team’s recent double header against the New York Yankees. Lackey told the media that he had received a text message from a member of the press 30 minutes before his start, asking about personal issues. Also in the press conference, he reportedly said that “this is unbelievable I’ve got to deal with this.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, John Lackey was married to his wife Krista in 2008 and the couple has a pre-nuptial agreement. The divorce petition was filed in Texas on August 30.

Red Sox pitcher served child support papers hours before loss

For a Major League pitcher few things are worse than lasting just over two innings and giving up four runs as part of a loss, especially as his team clings to the league’s final playoff spot. But for Red Sox hurler Erik Bedard, his day on Tuesday had an added frustration. According to the New York Post, Bedard was served with child support papers just hours before his start.

The papers were served on behalf of Bedard’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Roberts, the news source reports.

The family law attorney who delivered the news, who was also a fan of the rival New York Yankees, told the publication that Bedard was very cooperative.

Tuesday evening, the Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 7 to 5. The team remains two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card race.

Regarding the season’s struggles for the Red Sox, as well as his own injury issues and personal life drama, Bedard remained professional when talking to the Boston Globe.

“If you play a sport, you have to put all that stuff aside,’’ Bedard told the newspaper. “If you let all that outside stuff get to you, you can’t focus out there.’’

Spousal support debated at McCourt divorce battle

The divorce saga of Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is continuing as a judge has agreed to consider reducing the amount of spousal support paid, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Frank McCourt was previously ordered to pay $225,000 per month in alimony and more than $400,000 a month to maintain the ex-couple’s six homes and one condominium. He argued, however, that he has already paid more than $5 million annually to cover the homes and that his ex-wife should pay the mortgages herself or sell the properties.

Due to the divorce and resulting financial instability, the Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in August 2011 and Major League Baseball assumed the club’s day-to-day operations in April of that year.

After going through very public divorces, some celebrities have shied away from other marriages. Eva Longoria, the actress who filed for divorce from basketball star Tony Parker in late 2010, recently told Fox News that she wasn’t sure if she would ever marry again. She has been reportedly dating the brother of actress Penelope Cruz since January 2011.

McCourt divorce hearings turn ugly

Frank and Jamie McCourt, the very public couple going through a divorce in Los Angeles and the owners of the financially-challenged Dodgers of Major League Baseball, are going through a recent blowout over MLB and commissioner Bud Selig.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jamie McCourt has accused her ex-husband of failing to honor his court-ordered spousal support payments. She claims that he would rather continue his “jihad” against the MLB.

Frank McCourt recently asked the court to reduce his spousal support payments claiming they exceeded his income of $5 million. His ex-wife’s divorce attorney argues, however, that he has access to at least $70 million in assets.

The couple’s financial situation in the divorce was made more complicated when the Dodgers were forced to file for bankruptcy. The L.A. Times reports that including the Dodgers, Frank McCourt’s assets are worth approximately $900 million, while Jamie McCourt’s assets are worth $39 million.

CBS Los Angeles reports that Frank McCourt is trying to bring Selig into the argument, stating that Selig has taken more money out of professional baseball than McCourt.

McCourt petitions for lower spousal support

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has asked a judge to lower the monthly spousal support payments he is required to pay his former wife during their divorce proceedings, according to multiple reports.

Last May, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ordered McCourt to pay his ex-wife, Jamie McCourt, $225,000 a month in spousal support and more than $400,000 to maintain multiple homes. However, in court documents filed last week, McCourt claims he can no longer afford to support his former wife’s extravagant lifestyle.

McCourt has reportedly paid more than $5 million to pay the mortgages of seven homes of the last year, in addition to shelling out $2.7 million in temporary spousal support. Court filings show that Jamie McCourt has refused to rent out or sell the seven properties, all of which are titled in her name.

McCourt claims that while the Dodgers are his property, the homes belong exclusively to Jamie. He has officially requested that the homes be sold in the event that the court rules that both the team and properties belong to the McCourts together.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in June, in a move to preserve his ownership of the team despite his financial hardships. In a statement, McCourt said the team was forced to declare bankruptcy after Major League Baseball refused to approve a media transaction between the Dodgers and Fox television that would have generated millions of dollars.