Ramirez’s stay in Taiwan come to end
The Taiwan Rhinos said slugger Manny Ramirez is leaving the team after 49 games because he misses his family in New York. The Rhinos said it tried to keep the 12-time All-Star in Taiwan, including raising his monthly pay to almost $60,000 from $25,000. Ramirez signed to play the March-to-November season with the Rhinos. The team said the former Red Sox star will depart Taiwan on Friday. Ramirez hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs, placing him in the top three of all the major offensive statistical categories . . . Desperate for help, slumping Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez met with Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch during the American League Championship Series last year, according to a report in the Miami New Times, the newspaper that broke the story linking major league stars’ use of performance-enhancing drugs with the Miami clinic . . . Indians closer Chris Perez, who has been dealing with personal issues off the field while recovering from a strained rotator cuff, may make another rehab appearance in the minor leagues before coming off the disabled list. Earlier Wednesday, Perez had his court appearance for a drug charge moved to next month. Perez and his wife, Melanie, recently pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor drug abuse . . . Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a left hamstring injury . . . Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took on-field batting practice for the first time since being cleared to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle.
49ers ink lineman Smith to extension
The 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free agent market next offseason. Smith has made four straight Pro Bowls . . . Former Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River. He was 61. The most prolific punter in Giants history, Jennings had battled Parkinson’s disease since 1996. After leaving the Giants, Jennings punted for the Jets from 1985-87. He worked as a radio commentator for Jets games from 1988-2001.
Sloan to rejoin Jazz as a consultant
Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is returning to the team as a consultant. Team president Randy Rigby said Sloan will provide guidance to coach Ty Corbin as well as help with player evaluation. Sloan coached the Jazz for 23 full seasons . . . Dwane Casey will remain as the Raptors’ head coach, new general manager Masai Ujiri said. There had been some question regarding Casey’s future in Toronto following the hiring of Ujiri amid a front-office overhaul. The Raptors went 34-48 this season and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.
Serena apologizes for rape comments
Serena Williams said she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville (Ohio) rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying ‘‘she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.’’ ‘‘I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,’’ Williams said in a statement. ‘‘What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.’’ Two players from the Steubenville football team were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl . . . The US Naval Academy charged three Navy football players with sexually assaulting a female midshipman more than a year ago. The three students were not identified. Two were football players this past season, but were not on the team anymore. Another is still on the team, but has been suspended pending the outcome of the case . . . Italy rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a 4-3 win over Japan in Recife, Brazil, earning a spot in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Earlier, Brazil blanked Mexico, 2-0, and also clinched a semifinal berth with Italy’s win . . . In MLS action, Mike Magee scored on a penalty kick and Austin Berry headed in the tiebreaker in the opening minutes of the second half, lifting the host Chicago Fire past the Colorado Rapids, 2-1 . . . Felipe Martins and Marco Di Vaio scored in the first half and the Impact beat the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, in Montreal.