Yankees want manager Girardi back

Hank Steinbrenner wants Joe Girardi to remain with the Yankees and is awaiting the manager’s decision on a new contract. Girardi’s current deal expires at the end of the month, and the team offered a new agreement last week. ‘‘It’s up to him now,’’ Steinbrenner, the team’s co-chairman, said Tuesday. The Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the second time in 19 years and finished with an 85-77 record, their worst since 1992. Also, Hank’s brother, Hal, said the team isn’t ready to offer a 10-year deal to second baseman Robinson Cano, who reportedly had asked for one in excess of $300 million . . . Kendrys Morales is expected to receive a one-year qualifying offer of just under $14 million from Seattle, according to, but the first baseman will most likely turn it down. Morales hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs . . . Ryan Sweeney is staying with the Cubs after agreeing to a $3.5 million, two-year deal that includes a club option for 2016. The former Red Sox outfielder hit .266 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 70 games this season.

Scuffling Angels keep Scioscia, Dipoto

Manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto are returning to the Angels next year after the club’s worst season in a decade. The Angels announced that hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return in 2014, but Scioscia and Dipoto said they’ve been retained by owner Arte Moreno. The Angels, 78-84, missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season . . . Matt Kemp had cleanup surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure that was planned before the Dodgers slugger was shut down for the postseason because of a sprained left ankle . . . Linked together in one of the worst trades in franchise history, Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg now will be working in the same dugout trying to restore the Phillies’ winning ways. Bowa, a former Philadelphia manager and shortstop, returned to serve as bench coach under Sandberg. The two infielders were traded to the Cubs in 1981 for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Sandberg, a throw-in at the time, went on to become a Hall of Fame second baseman . . . Arizona fired pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax, but manager Kirk Gibson and the rest of his staff will return for next season.


Garnett, Pierce help Kidd win debut

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce each played 12 minutes in the Brooklyn Nets’ 111-106 overtime win at the Washington Wizards in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut. Garnett had 4 points and seven rebounds, while Pierce scored 3 points and had four fouls . . . The domestic violence case against Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson was dropped. Lisa Pinto, a spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said that, ‘‘based on our continued investigation and developments after the filing of the cases, we dismissed the cases in the interest of justice.’’ Lawson and his girlfriend were arrested following an August fight at their home . . . The Chicago Bulls waived veteran Dahntay Jones. Entering his 11th season, Jones has averaged 5.6 points in his career . . .UMass was picked fourth in the Atlantic-10 Conference men’s preseason poll, behind league favorite Virginia Commonwealth, defending champion St. Louis, and La Salle, fresh off an NCAA Sweet 16 visit. UMass senior guard Chaz Williams was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team, while Rhode Island scoring threat Xavier Munford made Preseason All-Conference second team. The Rams were picked ninth.


Gasquet suffers blow to Finals hopes


Richard Gasquet was dealt a setback in his bid to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals, losing to Vasek Pospisil, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. The Frenchman, who played in the year-end championships in 2007, is in ninth place in the standings, 20 points behind Stanislas Wawrinka for the last spot in the eight-man field for London . . . Ana Ivanovic began her bid for a third Generali Ladies title by defeating Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round in Linz, Austria. Also, Sloane Stephens overcame a slow start to beat Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-3, 6-1 . . . Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki beat Chanelle Scheepers, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), to reach the second round of the Japan Open in Osaka. Lisicki struggled with a right wrist injury after making her first Grand Slam singles final and has yet to win more than two matches in a row since then.


Penn State, Sandusky victims settle

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At least 19 young men have settled with Penn State over assertions of abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to lawyers for the claimants. Many, if not all of them, have received checks from the university, the attorneys said over the past two days. The school has set aside some $60 million to pay claims, though several lawyers say the settlements prevent them from disclosing details, including the amounts their clients were paid. Sandusky, 69, the school’s longtime assistant under Joe Paterno, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Early Tuesday morning Sandusky’s 36-year-old son, Jon, a Cleveland Browns executive who played safety for Penn State from 1996-99, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Jon Sandusky is the director of player personnel for the Browns . . . At the US Mid-Amateur Championship in Birmingham, Ala., Brian Higgins of Bellingham, Mass., lost in the round of 32 and Brad Valois of Warwick, R.I., lost in the round of 16. The women played in Asheville, N.C., and Tracy Welch of Boston lost in the round of 32 . . . With defender Omar Gonzalez sidelined by a strained left hip, Michael Orozco was added to the US roster for the Americans’ final two World Cup qualifiers.