Sports log: Bethpage to host PGA, Ryder Cup


The Ryder Cup and PGA Championship are coming to Bethpage Black. The PGA of America announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., will host the rowdiest event in golf in 2024, and the 2019 PGA Championship. The public course at a Long Island state park has developed a well-earned reputation for loud and boisterous fans, having hosted two US Opens, in 2002 and 2009. Last year, the Barclays was held there as part of the FedEx Cup playoffs. PGA of America president Ted Bishop said players have asked for years about playing the Ryder Cup at Bethpage . . . PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said the tour is studying the “difficult and awkward’’ situation of spectators or television viewers alerting officials to possible rules violation . . . Rita Bedard shot an 83 to lead Massachusetts in the first round of the US Golf Association’s Women’s State Team Championship, in Dayton, Ohio. Pam Kuong added an 84 and Lisa Anderson an 87; the format counts the two lowest scores, so the 167 left Massachusetts tied for 33d heading into the final round. Arizona’s 144 led the first round . . . Claude Hoopes (Kittansett Club), Jack Kearney (Elmcrest), and Robert Currey and Joseph Keller (from Oyster Harbors) tied for third after the first round of the New England Senior Amateur at Portland Country Club. All had 73, three shots behind leader Bill Torza of Connecticut.


Rangers’ Washington expected back

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said it’s his full expectation that manager Ron Washington will return next season. The Rangers started play Tuesday mired in a seven-game losing streak, and have seen their AL West title hopes slipping away for a second straight season. Washington, who managed the Rangers to the playoffs each of the past three years including trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, said he doesn’t fear losing his job . . . Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes will keep him on the mound for the Mets next season. Harvey, 24, was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, and will soon begin a 6-8 week throwing program . . . Barry Bonds has been ordered to meet with US Probation Department officials to discuss terms of his 30-day house arrest after he lost his appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction . . . Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion needs surgery on his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season. The surgery, which will clean up scar tissue and repair damaged cartilage, requires about two months of recovery . . . Chris Dwyer from Swampscott pitched a one-hitter and was named MVP of the Triple A championship when his Omaha Stormchasers defeated the Durham Bulls, 2-1. Dwyer, whose perfect game was broken up with two outs in the seventh, signed with the Royals in 2009.


Judge panel weighs Sandusky appeal

Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer faced skeptical questioning from three judges on the Pennsylvania appeals court over his client’s request that they order a new trial in his child sexual abuse case. The arguments made on behalf of Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, include that his lawyers didn’t have time to prepare for trial, that a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not testifying and that the judge mishandled jury instructions. Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse . . . Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he doesn’t know if he'll be disciplined for his profane rant about Cornhuskers fans two years ago, which was leaked to the sports website Deadspin. Pelini said he has met with athletic director Shawn Eichorst and spoken on the phone with chancellor Harvey Perlman . . . Minnesota coach Jerry Kill returned to his normal game-week routine three days after his latest epileptic seizure caused him to miss the second half of a win over Western Illinois . . . Suspended Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd has been dismissed from the football team following his conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student in June. Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in exchange for agreeing to testify against the four former teammates . . . Maine women’s hockey coach Maria Lewis was placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation of potential personnel and NCAA compliance issues.


Nadal is returning for first Rio Open


Rafael Nadal is returning to South America to play early next year in the inaugural Rio Open. Nadal began his comeback from a left-knee injury seven months ago in Chile. This time he’ll be playing in Brazil under far different conditions as the defending US Open and French Open champion. The Feb. 15-23 clay-court tournament is a combined ATP and WTA event . . . Wayne Rooney reached the 200-goal mark for Manchester United by scoring twice in a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League . . . Cameron Espinosa, a 12-year-old Corpus Christi, Texas boy, died Monday after apparently suffering a severe allergic reaction to ant bites while warming up for the second half of a middle school football game. Corpus Christi school district spokeswoman Lorette Williams said Espinosa used a water bottle to try and remove the ants, but he eventually fell unconscious last Wednesday. He was hospitalized in critical condition . . . Bonita Spence, a longtime women’s basketball official who worked two Finals Fours and refereed for 10 years in the WNBA, died. She was 51. The NCAA did not immediately release further details.