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SportsLog: Phillies fire manager Charlie Manuel, promote Ryne Sandberg


Manuel out, Sandberg in for Phillies

Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break. Manuel, the winningest manager in franchise history (780 wins), was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies’ third base coach. Sandberg managed the Phillies’ Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. broke down in tears after making the announcement and saying the former manager has a job with the team if he wants it . . . Ralph Sasson, a longtime friend of Ryan Braun, is suing the slugger for defamation. Sasson, who was contacted by Braun’s agent to gather information during Braun’s appeal of his positive steroid test in 2011, said that Braun violated a non-disclosure agreement . . . Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, with no timetable for his return. No specific explanation was given for Adair’s departure . . . The Braves announced infielder Tyler Pastornicky will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. . . Rangers righty Alexi Ogando likely will miss his next start Monday against Houston because of inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder . . . Athletics catcher John Jaso could miss the rest of the season as he recovers from a lingering concussion . . . Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was found guilty in Michigan’s Barry County on charges that he inappropriately touched teenage girls.


Isner ends Djokovic’s Cincinnati run

John Isner ended Novak Djokovic’s attempt to make ATP history, beating the No. 1 player, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-5, in the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic has never won in Cincinnati, the only Masters event that has eluded him during his career. All he needs to do is win one time in Cincinnati to become the first player to win all nine Masters events. Andy Murray also fell, losing 6-3, 6-4 to Tomas Berdych. Rafael Nadal rallied to beat Roger Federer, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. In the women’s draw, Serena Williams needed only 64 minutes to beat Simona Halep, 6-0, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals . . . A Dec. 17 trial date has been set in Palm Beach County (Fla.) for former tennis star Jennifer Capriati in a stalking and battery case involving her ex-boyfriend. The charges are misdemeanors.


Sandusky pension: testimony needed?

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Jerry Sandusky might have to testify in person if he wants to win back the pension he earned during three decades at Penn State. Sandusky, 69, lost his $4,900-a-month pension on Oct. 9, the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys. The forfeiture also made his wife, Dottie, ineligible for benefits . . . Butler forward Roosevelt Jones will miss the entire 2013-14 season because of a wrist injury he sustained during a fall in the first game of Butler’s recent four-game Australian tour . . . A fifth Vanderbilt football player has been indicted for his alleged role in the rape of an unconscious student on campus. Nashville Police said Chris Boyd gave another defendant advice on how to cover up the crime. Boyd has been suspended . . . A ruling by a Florida appeals court has reduced a $10 million damage award to $200,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher, who died following conditioning drills in 2008 . . . Venture capitalist Mark Stevens has purchased the minority stake in the Golden State Warriors previously held by new Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive . . . Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen said he regrets funding a secretive effort to block a new arena for the Sacramento Kings after his bid to buy the team and move it to Seattle failed. Hansen’s involvement was disclosed by California’s campaign watchdog. He issued a statement saying he ‘‘made a mistake’’ by giving a Los Angeles law firm $100,000. The firm funneled $80,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a public vote on the arena plan . . . Iziane Castro-Marques finished with a season-high 18 points for the Connecticut Sun, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the host Atlanta Dream from winning in a rout, 88-57.

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