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Sports log: Brad Ausmus interviews for Tigers’ job

BASEBALL

Former major league catcher Brad Ausmus interviewed for the Tigers’ manager’s job. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Ausmus interviewed on Monday. The Tigers need a new manager after Jim Leyland stepped down following the team’s loss to the Red Sox in the ALCS. Ausmus works in the Padres front office as a special assistant to the GM and has also managed Israel’s team for the World Baseball Classic. Ausmus had an 18-year career and played for the Tigers for part of the 1996 season, and again from 1999-2000 . . . A letter to New York judge Lorna Schofield said Major League Baseball wants an early dismissal of a lawsuit Alex Rodriguez filed against it and commissioner Bud Selig. The lawsuit claims MLB went on a ‘‘witch hunt’’ to remove Rodriguez from baseball . . . Padres lefthander Clayton Richard has decided to become a free agent after clearing outright waivers . . . Barry Bonds asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday to reconsider its refusal to overturn his felony obstruction conviction. The court upheld Bonds’s conviction in September.

NBA

Pacers forward Granger out 3 weeks

Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss three weeks with a left calf strain. Granger missed all but five games with a tendon injury in his left knee before having surgery in April, and there were big questions about his health throughout the Pacers’ busy offseason . . . The Timberwolves and the City of Minneapolis announced a $97 million renovation plan for Target Center. The long-negotiated plan is scheduled to be voted on for approval by the City Council on Nov. 12. The deal also extends the Timberwolves’ lease at the arena through 2032 . . . The league fined Grizzlies forward Ed Davis $15,000 for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas during Houston’s exhibition victory on Friday . . . The Knicks exercised their fourth-year option on guard Iman Shumpert . Shumpert averaged 6.8 points and 3 rebounds in 45 games, all starts, last season after returning from torn knee ligaments.

COLLEGES

Penn State will pay victims $59.7m

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Penn State said it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is now serving what is effectively a life sentence in prison. Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. The names of the recipients were not disclosed . . . Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard sustained a season-ending knee injury during the Sooners’ win over then-No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday . . . No. 23 Michigan will be without tight end A.J. Williams against No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday. The sophomore has been suspended for one game for an unspecified violation of team rules . . . Washington receiver Kasen Williams is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a fracture in his lower left leg and an injury to his left foot.

GOLF

McIlroy downs Woods in exhibition

Rory McIlroy won for the first time this year — even if it was an 18-hole exhibition against Tiger Woods. McIlroy made four birdies and an eagle over the last seven holes at Mission Hills in Haikou, China, for a 6-under-par 67, giving him a one-shot win. It was the second straight year McIlroy has defeated Woods at the medal match in China . . . According to a report on ESPN.com, Electronic Arts is ending its relationship with Woods. EA makes the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series . . . The LPGA Tour waived its age requirement for Lydia Ko, clearing the way for the 16-year-old from New Zealand to join the tour in 2014. Ko already is a two-time champion, having won the Canadian Open last year to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. The LPGA Tour requires players be 18 or older to join . . . The British Open is moving away from 36-hole qualifying, instead using 10 tour events from five continents to determine 32 spots in the field . . . Jesse Menachem was named the executive director of the Massachusetts Golf Association.

MISCELLANY

Walsh Jennings sets volleyball record

Kerri Walsh Jennings broke the record for most tournament wins by a female beach volleyball player. She and partner April Ross won the FIVB Grand Slam in Xiamen, China, on Sunday, giving Walsh Jennings the 113th title of her career. She broke the mark set by her retired partner, Misty May-Treanor. . . Ducks center Saku Koivu returned to Anaheim, Calif., for tests after taking a hard hit during Sunday’s game at Columbus. Koivu was knocked unconscious by Columbus’s Brandon Dubinsky, who was ejected . . . Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal has been suspended two games by the NHL for charging Edmonton defenseman Jeff Petry during Saturday’s game . . . Lindsey Vonn said she made a ‘‘wise’’ decision in skipping last Saturday’s season-opening World Cup race in Austria despite feeling better than expected while training after recovering from right knee surgery . . . Russia president Vladimir Putin promised that gay athletes and guests at the Sochi Winter Olympics will feel at ease and Sochi would be fully tolerant, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay ‘‘propaganda.’’ . . . Lviv, Ukraine’s city council, voted in favor of a proposed bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The bid requires final approval from Ukraine’s Olympic committee, which meets Nov. 5.

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