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Longtime major leaguer Tony Phillips dead at 56

Tony Phillips played nine of his 18 major league seasons with the A’s.
Tony Phillips played nine of his 18 major league seasons with the A’s.1987 FILE/AP

Jason Kokrak made birdie on all the par 5s at Riviera and shot a 7-under-par 64 to build a one-shot lead over Chez Reavie going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. There was plenty of power at the top besides Kokrak, who has never won on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson had a 66 and Bubba Watson played bogey-free in his round of 68. They were two shots behind. The weekend will not include Jordan Spieth, who shot 68 and missed the cut by five shots . . . England’s Holly Clyburn shot a 7-under 65 to take a share of the second-round lead with 46-year-old Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew at the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide. Two strokes behind the leaders and in seventh place after a 71 was five-time champion Karrie Webb. Matthew won this tournament 20 years ago.

BASEBALL Phillips dead at 56Tony Phillips, an infielder and outfielder who made the final defensive play in the Oakland Athletics’ sweep of the Giants during the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series, died Wednesday in Phoenix. He was 56. The A’s didn’t provide a cause of death but said it was unexpected. ‘‘I am in total shock. Played golf with Tony Phillips last week he was driving the ball over 300 yards seemed so healthy and full of life,’’ former A’s slugger Jose Canseco posted on Twitter. Phillips played nine of his 18 major league seasons with the A’s, and was a career .266 hitter in 2,161 games. Obituary, C8 . . . Jim Davenport, a longtime third baseman for the San Francisco Giants who later managed the team and worked in the front office, died of heart failure in Redwood City, Calif. He was 82. Davenport was among the original Giants after the franchise moved west from New York after the 1957 season . . . Pitcher Mike Minor agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract with the Royals, a deal that could be worth $24.5 million over three seasons. The lefthander was sidelined for all of last season because of shoulder injury . . . The Indians agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with veteran infielder Juan Uribe, who will likely be their starting third baseman this season . . . The Rangers rewarded AL Manager of the Year Jeff Banister by giving him a raise and extending his contract through 2018. He led Texas to the AL West title in his rookie season.



US, Canada advance

Alex Morgan scored three goals and the US women’s soccer team secured a spot in the Olympics this summer with a 5-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. Canada also secured a berth with a 3-1 win over Costa Rica . . . Spanish Olympic gold medalist Marina Alabau said she got Zika while training in Brazil in December, suffering painful symptoms. But the wind surfer said it won’t stop her from competing in the Games in August.



Slice wins by KO

Kimbo Slice knocked out Dada 5000 in the third round of the UFC’s Bellator 149 card in Houston . . . Lindsey Vonn lost a ski and her World Cup lead in the downhill in La Tuile, Italy. Swiss rival Lara Gut won and moved 13 points ahead of Vonn in the overall ranks with a month to go in the season . . . Alexis Pinturault of France protected his lead from the morning slalom in the afternoon’s downhill to win an Alpine combined race in Chamonix, France, and clinch the overall combined title . . . Interim coach Kurt Rambis said the Knicks will sign former NCAA player of the year Jimmer Fredette to a 10-day contract Monday. Fredette has been playing for the Knicks’ affiliate in the Development League.