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    Nationals send Dusty Baker packing

    FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker pauses in the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. The Nationals announced Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, that Baker won't be back next season. Baker led the Nationals to the NL East title in each of his two years with the club. But Washington lost its NL Division Series both times. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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    Dusty Baker was relieved of his duties as Washington Nationals manager on Friday.

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    Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals after two seasons, two NL East titles, and zero playoff series victories. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he told Baker the news via telephone Friday morning. Baker’s two-year deal with the club is expiring. ‘‘Our expectations have grown,’’ Rizzo said. ‘‘Winning a lot of regular-season games and winning divisions are not enough. Our goal is to win a world championship and, to that end, we made the decision late last night.’’ . . . The Tigers hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the ex-Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in a significant rebuild. Gardenhire agreed to a three-year contract . . . The Tigers declined their $16 million option on Anibal Sanchez, who has slipped badly the past three seasons. Sanchez went 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. The Tigers signed the righty to an $80 million, five-year contract in 2013. The deal included a $5 million buyout if the Tigers declined the 2018 option . . . All-Star shortstop Corey Seager is expected to be in the Dodgers' lineup for the opener of the World Series after missing the NLCS because of back pain.

    Seager watched from home as the Dodgers eliminated the defending World Series champion Cubs in Game 5 Thursday night. As anticipated, Clayton Kershaw will pitch the World Series opener on Tuesday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner held Chicago to a run over six innings and will pitch Game 1 on regular rest.


    BU skates to a deadlock with UConn

    Bobo Carpenter scored both goals for seventh-ranked Boston University (2-2-1, 0-0-1 Hockey East) in a 2-2 tie with UConn (2-2-1, 1-1-1) at Agganis Arena. Jake Oettinger stopped 31 shots for the Terriers. Johnny Austin had a goal and an assist for the Huskies . . . Third-ranked St. Cloud State scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 victory over visiting Boston College. Logan Hutsko and Christopher Brown staked the No. 13 Eagles to a 2-0 lead before Kevin Fitzgerald scored midway through the second period to start the Lakers’ comeback . . . Kenny Hausinger scored a pair of goals to lead 19th-ranked UMass Lowell (2-3-0) over No. 12 Clarkson (3-1-1), 3-1, in Potsdam, N.Y. Connor Wilson also scored for the River Hawks, and Ryan Lohin added a pair of assists. Christoffer Hernberg stopped 31 shots in the victory . . . Mason Jobst had a hat trick as Ohio State (2-1-2) defeated UMass (3-2-0), 3-1, in Amherst. Niko Hildebrand scored for the Minutemen . . . At Matthews Arena, No. 18 Quinnipiac (2-1-1) knocked off No. 16 Northeastern, 6-4, getting goals from Karlis Cukste, Alex Whelan, Landon Smith, Tanner McMaster, Craig Martin, and Odeen Tufto. Dylan Sikura collected two goals and an assist for the Huskies (2-1-1), and Adam Gaudette had a goal and an assist.


    League admits mistake on a key goal


    The NHL acknowledged video review incorrectly nullified a goal by the Avalanche in a one-goal loss to the Blues. The league says it made a mistake by taking away Sven Andrighetto's goal late in the third period on a coach's challenge for offside. If the goal had counted, the Avalanche and Blues would have been tied at 4-4 and St. Louis would have been given a two-minute minor penalty. The Blues won, 4-3. This is the first time since coach’s challenges were instituted before the 2015-16 season that the NHL has admitted a mistake was made on an offside review . . . The Devils placed goalie Cory Schneider on injured reserve with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday night against Ottawa.


    List has a one-stroke lead at CJ Cup

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    Luke List fired a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the CJ Cup in Jeju, South Korea. List, who is looking to win on the PGA Tour for the first time, carded five birdies, including one on the par-5 ninth, his final hole, to move to 9 under. Three-time tour winner Lucas Glover compensated for a pair of bogeys with seven birdies in a 67 and was tied for second with Scott Brown, who had a 70. A day after firing a 63 for the first-round lead, Justin Thomas shot 74 to slip into a share of fourth with Australian Cameron Smith (68) at 7 under. The second-round 74 is Thomas’s worst score since an 80 in the second round of the British Open . . . Bernhard Langer birdied the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va., the first event in the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. Rocco Mediate, David Toms, and Joe Durant matched Langer atop the leaderboard . . . Jenny Shin shot a 5-under-par 67 for a share of the lead with Eun-Hee Ji after the second round of the LPGA’s Taiwan Championship in Tapei. The leaders are at 7-under 137, one ahead of Brittany Altomare, who carded a 68 . . . Joost Luiten shot a 1-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over tournament host Sergio Garcia and two others after the second round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.


    Lin sidelined for season after surgery

    Nets guard Jeremy Lin underwent surgery in New York for a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the rest of the NBA season. The former Harvard star was hurt Wednesday during the Nets’ first game when he landed hard after a drive to the basket against Indiana . . . Hawks rookie swingman DeAndre’ Bembry has a fracture in his right wrist and is out indefinitely . . . Mavericks guard Devin Harris has been granted a leave of absence after his brother was killed in a car crash in Dallas on Thursday . . . Julia Goerges will face Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the Kremlin Cup tennis final Saturday in Moscow. The seventh-seeded German beat Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, in their semifinal. Kasatkina reached her second WTA final of the year when she beat 2014 runner-up Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-2, 6-3.

    Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was named WTA Player of the Year, and US Open champion Sloane Stephens was the Comeback Player of the Year.

    Muguruza beat Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final in July for her second Grand Slam title, then moved up to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in September.


    Nathan Chen of the United States landed two quads to take a strong lead after the men’s short program of the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, the first of the six-leg figure skating Grand Prix. The American champion outpointed Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by nearly 6 points, with 100.54. Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia continued her domination of women’s figure skating, nearly breaking her own world record with a superb short program. In ice dancing, American brother-and-sister duo Maia and Alex Shibutani led after the short dance, followed by Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin . . . The Kremlin accused the US government of pushing for Russia’s exclusion from the Olympics. A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said the IOC was coming under pressure from the US, his spokesman said Putin meant ‘‘state [structures], including through social and non-government organizations.’’ Putin said the effort was aimed to ensure Russia was either barred from next year’s Winter Olympics entirely or forced to compete under a neutral flag. Russia is already under IOC investigation over allegations it operated a state-backed doping program including swapping out dirty samples at the drug-testing laboratory for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Putin did not specify which US government bodies might be involved in the alleged pressuring of the IOC.