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Sports log: Watson named US Ryder Cup captain


The PGA of America named Tom Watson the captain of the 2014 US Ryder Cup team on Thursday. The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland. Watson, who will be 65 at the time of the tournament, will be the oldest captain and the first repeat for the United States since Jack Nicklaus in 1987. Watson is also the last American to lead the team to victory on the road. The United States has lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and has not won in Europe since 1993, when Watson was the captain at The Belfry in England. Watson said he would use one of his captain's picks on Tiger Woods if he failed to secure an automatic berth to the 12-man team . . . Gregory Bourdy of France shot a 6-under-par 66 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa. . . . Daniel Popovic shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum. Greg Norman pulled out after two holes due to food poisoning. Tournament officials said Norman was expected to make a full recovery.


Rutgers benches basketball coach

Rutgers suspended men’s basketball coach Mike Rice three games without pay and fined him $50,000 for a violation of department policy. Athletic director Tim Pernetti said the suspension is a result of inappropriate behavior and language, not NCAA violations. Associate head coach David Cox will serve as the team’s interim coach . . . Creighton’s Josh Jones will undergo a procedure to address a heart problem that caused him to pass out before a game against Nebraska last week. Coach Greg McDermott said Jones had an atrial flutter on Dec. 6. Doctors will perform an ablation on his heart Tuesday to restore normal rhythm and will examine his heart a month later to determine if the first procedure worked. It won’t be clear until after the tests whether Jones can return to playing basketball . . . Tennessee men’s basketball team defeated No. 23 Wichita State, 69-60. Trae Golden scored 25 points for the Volunteers (5-3). Carl Hall led the Shockers (9-1) with 21 points . . . Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly won the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award . . . Bailey Webster had 18 kills to lift Texas to a five-set victory over Michigan in an NCAA Division 1 women’s volleyball semifinal. The Longhorns will face Oregon, which stunned top-seeded Penn State in four sets, on Saturday.


Chelsea reaches Club World Cup final

Fernando Torres scored his fifth goal in three matches to help Chelsea reach the Club World Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Monterrey in Yokohama, Japan. Chelsea will play Copa Libertadores champ Corinthians, which edged Egypt’s Al-Ahly, 1-0, on Sunday . . . UEFA imposed sanctions on Serbia for an on-pitch brawl and its fans’ racial abuse of England’s players at an under-21 match. Fitness coach Andreja Milunovic and assistant coach Predrag Katic were banned for two years while players Goran Causic, Ognjen Mudrinski, Filip Malbasic, and Nikola Ninkovic will serve suspensions over scuffles that broke out at the end of the European Championship qualifier in Krusevac on Oct. 16. UEFA fined the Serbian federation $105,000. England, which won, 1-0, to qualify for the Euro 2013 in June, was charged with ‘‘improper conduct,’’ but was only issued a warning while players Steven Caulker and Thomas Ince were suspended . . . Brazilian authorities began investigations into allegations that security personnel beat members of Tigre and drew guns on them at halftime of the Copa Sud­americana. Wednesday’s final was called off and host Sao Paulo was awarded the title when Tigre refused to take the field for the second half of the second leg of the final. Sao Paulo led, 2-0, with the first leg having ended scoreless.


Roy back at practice after knee injury


Brandon Roy returned to practice on a limited, no-contact basis with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves a month after arthro­scopic surgery on his right knee. He said the latest knee trouble didn’t prompt him to consider retirement . . . International Boxing Hall of Famer Larry Merchant is leaving his job as a ringside boxing commentator for HBO Sports after 35 years. His last broadcast will be Saturday’s season finale of ‘‘World Championship Boxing’’ from Houston . . . Olympia Entertainment, the operator of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, owes the city more than $971,000 in unpaid property taxes. Olympia is part of Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch’s stable of companies. Ilitch is seeking a $650 million multiuse development, which would include a new home for the Red Wings. Michigan’s House approved a bill Thursday that would allow tax dollars collected by the city’s Downtown Development Authority to be used for the project. State senators approved the legislation last week . . . Bode Miller likely won’t start his season until February as part of his cautious return from left knee surgery. There’s a chance he might sit out the entire season . . . Daiya Seto of Japan won the 400-meter individual medley at the short-course world swimming championships in Istanbul with a time of 3 minutes, 59.15 seconds. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania set a championship record of 29.44 seconds to win gold in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke . . . The International Baseball Federation approved a merger with softball’s governing body in a bid to return to the Olympics. Baseball and softball are bidding to return for the 2020 Games. The IOC will vote in September. Baseball and softball were last played at the 2008 Olympics.