O’Neill interested in managing Reds
CBS Sports reported Yankees broadcaster Paul O’Neill, who won five World Series titles in a 17-year career with the Reds and Yankees, has expressed interest in Cincinnati’s managerial position and has spoken to owner Bob Castellini about the job . . . The Mariners tried to bring back former manager Lou Piniella, 70, to fill their managerial opening, but he declined because he doesn’t want to manage anymore, according to Fox Sports . . . San Jose’s antitrust claims against Major League Baseball were dismissed by US District Judge Ronald M. Whyte, who allowed the city to pursue allegations of contract interference in connection with the Athletics’ stalled relocation plans.
Djokovic, Nadal march on in Shanghai
Rafael Nadal prevailed over Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1, in the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals, while Novak Djokovic rallied past Gael Monfils, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic next plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated Florian Mayer, 6-2, 6-3. Nadal will face Juan Martin del Potro, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Nicolas Almagro . . . Samantha Stosur reached the Japan Open semifinals in Osaka, beating Misaki Doi, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Stosur will face American Madison Keys, who advanced to her first WTA semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Zheng Jie . . . Angelique Kerber beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria, securing the final spot in the season-ending WTA Championships.
School officials look to rein in agents
Athletic officials across the country have banded together to stop underhanded tactics some sports agents use to illegally contact college athletes and they have been joined in the fight by five agents certified by the NFL Players Association. Paul Pogge, an associate athletic director at North Carolina, and agent Tony Agnone, co-authored a nine-page memo proposing changes to agent laws. The memo was sent to the committee that will meet this month in Chicago to consider updates to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act . . . Connecticut’s men’s basketball team, forced to sit out last year’s postseason for not meeting NCAA academic requirements in years past, has submitted a perfect academic progress rate for last season . . . Wisconsin and LSU will play at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, home of the Packers, in 2016.
Canucks’ Edler banned three games
The NHL suspended Canucks defenseman Alex Edler three games for an illegal check to the head of Sharks forward Tomas Hertl in the second period Thursday. Edler, who was suspended for charging in March, is considered a repeat offender . . . In his first regular PGA Tour event, Brooks Koepka shot a 7-under-par 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak going into the third round of the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif. . . . Ilhee Lee kept her lead after two rounds of the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur with a 65 that brought her to 13-under 129. American Lexi Thompson, 18, was one stroke behind after an 8-under 63 . . . Larry Nelson shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead in the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C., with Russ Cochran and Mark Mouland . . . Paul Waring shot an 8-under 63 for a two-round 130 and a share of the lead with David Lynn and Hennie Otto at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura . . . Maria de Villota, a pioneering Formula One test driver who lost an eye and nearly died in a crash last year, was found dead Friday in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33. The autopsy showed ‘‘neurological damage’’ from that wreck likely caused her death, her sister Isabel said. Obituary, B13 . . . WPRO-AM reported talks are underway between city and state officials and the potential organizers of an IndyCar race that would be held in downtown Providence in 2015.