Under new ownership and seeking to turn the team’s fortunes around, the New York Mets and Jared Porter are working on a deal for Porter to become the club’s general manager, sources told ESPN Saturday in confirmation of multiple reports. Porter, the former director of professional scouting for the Red Sox, was the Arizona Diamondbacks’ assistant general manager the last four seasons. He has been part of four World Series-winning teams in 13 seasons in the majors; three with the Red Sox and one with the Cubs. He worked with Boston from 2004-15 and spent parts of two seasons with the Cubs before joining the Diamondbacks … The Mets are also close to completing a four-year, $40 million contract with free agent catcher James McCann, a person close to the deal confirmed to The Associated Press … Former Yankees infielder Phil Linz, who hit a Game 7 home run off Bob Gibson in the 1964 World Series, has died. He was 81. Former teammates said Linz’s family told them he died Wednesday in Leesburg, Va. Linz had been in poor health since a stroke five years ago. In seven seasons, Linz hit .235 with 11 homers for the Yankees, Phillies, and Mets.
There are a lot of people who are thrilled with the news that Jared Porter - who was with the Sox from 2004-15 - appears close to being hired by the Mets as GM. He’s known as incredibly smart, hardworking, and humble, someone who is well versed in modern front offices but...— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) December 12, 2020
UConn upsets No. 2 BC in men’s hockey
The UConn men’s hockey team upended second-ranked Boston College, 3-1, in Storrs, Conn., on the strength of a three-goal second period. Jonny Evans, Marc Gatcomb, and Nick Capone scored in a span of 4:20 for the Huskies (1-2-1, 1-1-0 Hockey East). Trevor Kuntar potted a power-play goal for the Eagles (5-1-0, 1-1-0) at 12:57 of the third period to spoil the shutout bid for Tomas Vomacka (27 saves) … Jordan Harris and Steven Agriogianis each had two goals and an assist as No. 17 Northeastern opened its season with an 8-2 win over Merrimack (1-2-0, 0-1-0 Hockey East) at Matthews Arena.
Bueckers impresses in UConn women’s basketball debut
UConn women’s basketball freshman Paige Bueckers made her collegiate debut memorable, tallying 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists as the third-ranked Huskies rolled to a season-opening 79-23 win over visiting UMass Lowell (0-2). Last year’s national high school player of the year also collected five steals. Olivia Nelson-Ododa had 12 points and nine rebounds while Christyn Williams added 10 points and seven boards for UConn. Denise Solis finished with 11 points for the River Hawks, who made just eight baskets on 56 shots.
Florida men’s star forward Johnson collapses
In men’s basketball, highly-touted freshman Scottie Barnes scored 17 points as No. 20 Florida State (3-0) won its seventh straight game against Florida, 83-71, at Tallahassee, in a game marred by the on-court collapse of Gators junior forward Keyontae Johnson. Johnson, the SEC’s preseason player of the year, had just dunked to give the Gators (3-1) an 11-3 lead a couple of minutes before he crumpled to the hardwood as the team broke its huddle. He was taken off on a stretcher and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Florida officials said he was in critical but stable condition and would remain there overnight. Like many of his teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer. The coronavirus can lead to myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle, and it is common for athletes … No. 2 Baylor paused team activities due to COVID-19 issues. The Bears were scheduled to play their Big 12 opener Sunday against No. 13 Texas. Baylor’s scheduled game Tuesday night against Tarleton State, added just last week, was also postponed.
Reed putts to tie for lead in Dubai
Patrick Reed rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole to move into a three-way tie for the third-round lead at the World Tour Championship, keeping him on track to become the first American to finish a season as the European Tour’s No. 1 player. Reed, who shot 1-under-par 71, was tied with Englishmen Laurie Canter (68) and Matt Fitzpatrick (69) at 11 under overall in the season-ending event at Jumeirah Golf Estates in the United Arab Emirates. Reed leads the Race to Dubai standings and will be assured of winning the title with a victory. Lee Westwood (68), in a four-way tie a shot back at 10 under, would also claim the Race to Dubai title with a win … Matt Kuchar and Harris English took a five-stroke lead in the PGA’s QBE Shootout, shooting 11-under 61 in modified alternate-shot play at Naples, Fla. The duo birdied the first five holes on Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold Course, then ran off six in a row on Nos. 12-17 to sit at 25-under 125 after two rounds. Kevin Na and Sean O’Hair (68) are second.
Bassino wins giant slalom, Shiffrin fourth
Italian skier Marta Bassino won her second straight World Cup giant slalom of the season, finishing 0.46 ahead of Swede Sara Hector, in Courchevel, France, and 0.59 clear of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, whose three-race win streak ended. Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin placed fourth in her return to the event after an 11-month break, 1.70 behind Bassino … Mauro Caviezel, 32, got the first win of his career in a World Cup super-G in Val d’Isere, France. The Swiss skier was 0.10 seconds faster than Adrian Smiseth Sejersted of Norway and 0.54 clear of Austrian Christian Walder. American Travis Ganong was fourth, 0.76 back, in his best World Cup result in nearly four years.
Everton ends Chelsea’s win streak
Chelsea’s 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended in a 1-0 loss to Everton in an English Premier League match at Liverpool. Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a penalty in the 22nd minute for the lone goal … Casemiro opened the scoring and a Dani Carvajal shot ricocheted off the post and the back of goalkeeper Jan Oblak as host Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid, 2-0, to tighten the Spanish league title race, dealing the leader its first loss in 10 months. Madrid moved within 3 points of Atlético, climbing into third place.
Joshua defends heavyweight title with knockout
Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles with a ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev in London, potentially setting up an all-British fight against Tyson Fury to be undisputed champion of boxing’s marquee division. Joshua, making his first defense of the WBA, IBF, WBO titles, had already knocked down Pulev three times when he unleashed a right hook that sent the 39-year-old Bulgarian to the canvas once again. Joshua has an agreement in principle with Fury, the WBC champion, for a two-fight deal in 2021 to unify all four titles … Red Bull driver Max Verstappen had a stunning last lap and beat both Mercedes cars to take pole position for Sunday’s season-ending Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates. He was .025 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas and .086 clear of world champion Lewis Hamilton for his first pole of the season … Ownership of the Tennessee Titans is remaining with the Adams family with Susie Adams Smith agreeing to sell her share of the NFL team to the family-controlled KSA Industries Inc. Amy Adams Strunk will hold a 50% share with the rest held by Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams, and Susan Lewis. The sale requires league approval.