Nationals to name Williams manager
The Washington Nationals are planning to hire major league veteran Matt Williams, 47, as their next manager to replace the retired Davey Johnson, according to multiple reports. Williams, a five-time All-Star third baseman for the Giants, Indians, and Diamondbacks, has served in coaching roles for Arizona for the past four years . . . A person familiar with the situation said the Cubs plan to interview former Mariners manager Eric Wedge for their vacancy. The Cubs are looking to replace Dale Sveum, who was 127-197 over two seasons. Wedge went 213-273 over the last three years as Seattle’s manager. Before that, he helped rebuild Cleveland into a contender. Wedge is 774-846 in 10 seasons. He joins a list of candidates that includes A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria, and Dave Martinez.
Bradley has 4-stroke lead in Malaysia
Hopkinton’s Keegan Bradley made seven birdies — including five in a six-hole stretch on his back nine — to shoot a 6-under-par 66 and open up a four-stroke lead over Ryan Moore after two rounds of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bradley is at 13-under 131 for the tournament, an official event on the PGA Tour for the first time . . . Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes after shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship at Yangmei. Pettersen stands at 7 under with Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda tied for second . . . Kenny Perry birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Tom Pernice Jr. was a stroke back . . . Luke Guthrie shot a 1-under 71 to take a four-shot lead over six players going into the third round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
Li advances in WTA Championships
Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships in Istanbul with a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, who hurt her back in the first set. No. 4 Li will play Petra Kvitova, who beat Angelique Kerber, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3. Serena Williams will play Jelena Jankovic, who lost to Sara Errani, 6-4, 6-4 . . . David Ferrer will play Nicolas Almagro in the semifinals of the Valencia Open in Spain. Top seed Ferrer beat Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, while No. 3 Almagro got past Fabio Fognini, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 . . . Roger Federer beat Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel. Federer will face Vasek Pospisil in the semifinals. Top seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Marin Cilic’s doping ban was reduced from nine months to four, clearing him to play at the Paris Masters next week.
Newton’s Gold in first at Skate Canada
Newton native Gracie Gold stands in first place after the women’s short program at Skate Canada in Saint John, New Brunswick, finishing with 69.45 points. Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia was second at 66.89, and Japan’s Akiko Suzuki followed at 65.76 . . . The Carolina Hurricanes put goalie Cam Ward on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury suffered Thursday. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks . . . FIFA named reigning women’s world soccer player of the year Abby Wambach as a candidate for the 2013 award. She is joined by American teammate Alex Morgan on the 10-player list. A three-player list will be released next month, with the winner named Jan. 13 . . . UConn basketball forward Kentan Facey was granted a waiver to play this season and allowed four years of eligibility by the NCAA, which was looking into issues related to his schooling in Jamaica . . . Wes Bialosuknia, who averaged 28 points a game for UConn in 1966-67 to set a school record, died Wednesday in Hartford. He was 68 . . . Russia banned runners Elizaveta Grechishnikova, who ran in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, and Ekaterina Ishova two years each for doping.