The Mariners Tuesday hired Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to be their next manager. McClendon becomes the third manager hired by general manager Jack Zduriencik. He replaces Eric Wedge, who walked away at the end of the season, citing differences with the front office . . . Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year. That leaves New York with about $80 million to spend on the rest of its roster if the team wants to stay under the 2014 tax threshold . . . Catcher Geovany Soto and the Rangers agreed to a $3.05 million, one-year contract, a raise of $300,000 . . . Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Windsor, about 60 miles north of Denver.
UNC’s Renner having shoulder surgery
North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner has taken his last snap for the Tar Heels. The school said Renner will have surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder at UNC Hospitals to repair a detached labrum and a broken bone in the shoulder. He suffered the injury when he was hit by two defenders on a scramble late in the third quarter of the weekend win at rival North Carolina State . . . The agent for coach Nick Saban told Texas officials in January that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for and that his success with the Crimson Tide had put him under ‘‘special pressure.’’ Jimmy Sexton made the comments during a 45-minute call with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall.
Minnesota’s Kill will stay in the booth
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he will remain in the coaching booth and not return to the sideline Saturday against Penn State. The Golden Gophers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have won three straight conference games, and Kill says he wants to stick with what’s working. Kill left the team to seek more treatment for his epilepsy a month ago . . . Cincinnati freshman receiver Mark Barr, who was severely injured in a traffic accident with two fatalities, has been released from a rehabilitation center and visited his teammates. Freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in the one-vehicle accident Sept. 21 after a 14-0 win over Miami University in Oxford. The driver — an 18-year-old Miami student — also died . . . Former Arizona State football coach Bob Owens died from complications from cancer. He was 77. Owens was named the Sun Devils’ interim coach after Frank Kush was fired in 1979. He coached Arizona State the final seven games of that season.
Mickelson to start year in Abu Dhabi
Phil Mickelson is starting his 2014 schedule in the desert — not California, but Abu Dhabi. Organizers said Mickelson will play in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan. 16-19, the same week as the Humana Challenge. Mickelson is expected to make his first PGA Tour appearance of 2014 a week later at Torrey Pines. Rory McIlroy and US Open champion Justin Rose also are playing in Abu Dhabi . . . Brandt Snedeker injured his left leg when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly when he hopped off a Segway in China. He immediately withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship. Doctors say he bruised his left tibia and strained the ACL in his left knee.
Djokovic defeats Federer in ATP Finals
Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated six-time winner Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, improving his chances of overtaking Rafael Nadal in the race for the year-end No. 1 spot. Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo defeated three-time former champions and world No. 1 pair Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8, in Group A . . . Viktor Troicki’s doping ban for skipping a blood test was reduced from 18 months to 12, though the Serbian still cannot play in next week’s Davis Cup final . . . The first-round Davis Cup match between Britain and the US will be played on a clay court in left field at Petco Park in San Diego from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
Ex-NBA All-Star Redd, 34, will retire
Michael Redd, the former All-Star guard and fourth in scoring in Bucks history, will retire in Milwaukee on Wednesday when the Bucks host the Cavaliers. Two separate injuries to his left knee cost him large chunks of three straight seasons with the Bucks. He last played in 2011-12, with the Suns . . . Jason Arnott is retiring after playing 1,244 games in 18 NHL seasons. Arnott was the No. 7 overall pick by the Oilers in 1993 and recorded the first 239 points of his career with Edmonton . . . Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been sidelined after an encounter with an enthusiastic fan in Gainesville, Fla. The five-time Olympic champion tore a ligament and sprained another in his left knee last weekend when a teenage girl ran at Lochte, who tried to catch her, but the two fell over in the process, his publicist said. Lochte, who is expected to make a full recovery, hit his knee on a curb, while the girl was not hurt Sunday . . . Kentucky Derby winner Orb has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at Claiborne Farm in central Kentucky.