Carlos Correa helped hurricane victims instead of going to White House
Carlos Correa skipped the Astros’ visit to the White House to help arrange for more relief supplies for shipment to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where he grew up. Correa and closer Ken Giles did not attend Monday’s ceremony in Washington that honored the Astros’ 2017 World Series title. The Astros said Giles had a family commitment. ‘‘It was not politics or anything,’’ Correa said Tuesday. ‘‘It was just that the day off was perfect to be able to provide some help for the people in Puerto Rico in need.’’ Puerto Rico was damaged in September by Hurricane Maria. With the assistance of Astros, Correa helped send a plane of supplies to Puerto Rico in October. ‘‘I don’t only represent the Houston Astros, I don’t only represent my family, but I also represent the American citizens that are living in Puerto Rico,’’ Correa said. ‘‘I just want to bring some awareness to what is going on.’’ Correa’s family and his fiance, Daniella Rodriguez, joined him on Monday to help finalize the next shipment, which he hopes will depart South Florida via ship before the end of spring training . . . AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge will earn $622,300 in the major leagues as part of his one-year contract with the Yankees. Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs, is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season. He agreed to a split contract in which his salary would drop to $272,250 in the unlikely event he is sent back to the minors. New York uses a scale based on service time for its players not eligible for arbitration. Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will make $604,975 after he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA. His agreement calls for a minor league salary of $275,488. New York also reached agreements with first baseman Greg Bird ($582,000/$272,500), pitcher Jordan Montgomery ($580,450/$228,413) and utiltyman Tyler Austin ($558,600/$230,814) . . . Tim Tebow was reassigned by the Mets to their minor league camp after he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in an exhibition against the Astros. The 30-year-old former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (1 for 18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big league exhibition games. Tebow, who is not on the Mets’ 40-man roster, has been hampered by a left ankle sprain. Tebow’s only hit was a hard single to center off Washington’s Erick Fedde on March 2. He has been used solely as a designated hitter or pinch hitter . . . Mets captain David Wright won’t participate in baseball activities for two months because of back and shoulder issues, another setback in his attempt to return from injuries that have sidelined him for two years, and New York outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been sidelined after hurting a wrist. Cespedes, 32, hurt his right wrist while swinging March 6. ‘‘I felt something in my wrist, but I didn’t care much about that,’’ Cespedes said through a translator. Cespedes is starting the second season of a $110 million, four-year contract. Wright, 35, has been limited to 75 regular-season games during the past three years. A seven-time All-Star, Wright is guaranteed $47 million by the Mets over the next three seasons. New York signed Todd Frazier in case Wright would not be able to play. Wright was on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24, 2015, when he strained his right hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis. He has not played for them since May 27, 2016. Dr. Robert Watkins operated that June 16 to repair a herniated disk in Wright’s neck. After Wright’s minor league rehabilitation assignment was ended after three games last year due to shoulder pain, he had surgery Sept. 5 to repair his right rotator cuff, and Watkins performed a laminotomy in early October in which a bony layer over the spinal canal was removed to treat nerve compression.
BU fires Steding after four seasons
After four seasons, Katy Steding will not return as head coach of the Boston University women’s basketball team. Steding had record of 31-88 at BU, with a 5-13 Patriot League mark this year . . . After failing to get a berth in the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament, Rutgers and coach C. Vivian Stringer declined a spot in the WNIT. The Scarlet Knights (20-12) were among the eight finalists for the four remaining spots in the NCAA field. In a statement released late Monday night after the pairings were announced, Stringer said she felt that the team deserved an NCAA bid. ‘‘It pains both the players and the staff to not have our name called this evening,’’ she said. ‘‘We have decided that our season should end at this point and focus on the future and putting ourselves into a position to control our destiny come next season.’’ The WNIT said Rutgers initially accepted a bid to play in the tournament and then changed its mind. Stephen F. Austin was then added to the 64-team field. The decision to skip the WNIT means Stringer will not win her 1,000th game until next season. She is three wins shy of the milestone . . . Washington State women’s basketball coach June Daugherty will not return after 11 seasons. The Cougars finished 10-20 this season, and Daugherty missed the end of the season because of health problems. She was hired ahead of the 2007-08 season and was 130-218 with three appearances in the WNIT.
Clippers’ Bradley has surgery
The Clippers say guard Avery Bradley could miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair muscles in his pubic area. The Clippers expect the recovery time to be six to eight weeks, meaning they would need to make the playoffs for him to play again this season. They were seventh in the Western Conference entering Tuesday’s game against the Bulls. Acquired in late January from Detroit in the Blake Griffin trade, Bradley is averaging 14.3 points in 46 games. He missed seven games with the Pistons because of a right adductor strain and has not played since Feb. 14 . . . Stephen Curry will miss at least another week (and four games) because of his troublesome right ankle, which he reinjured last Thursday. Golden State did not practice Tuesday as originally planned a day after the team celebrated Curry’s 30th birthday, which is actually Wednesday . . . Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis said there is no timetable for his return from a torn left ACL that will keep him out the remainder of this season and at least some of the next . . . The Bankers Life name will be coming off the Indiana Pacers’ arena after next season. The Pacers and CNO Financial Group announced that the company wouldn’t renew its naming-rights contract for the downtown Indianapolis arena after it expires June 30, 2019. The Carmel-based company formerly known as Conseco Inc. has held the arena’s naming rights since it opened as Conseco Fieldhouse in 1999 under a $40 million, 20-year contract. Bankers Life is among CNO Financial’s business units. Its name has been on the arena since late 2011.
Halep, Venus advance at Indian Wells
Simona Halep is on track to retain her No. 1 world ranking after defeating Wang Qiang, 7-5, 6-1 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. Halep improved to 17-1 this year and needs only to reach the final to stay at the top. If not, Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Halep in the Australian Open final, could replace her if the Dane wins the title. Next up for Halep is Petra Martic, who beat Marketa Vondrousova, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). American teenager Amanda Anisimova’s run of success ended in a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) loss to No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova. Anisimova, a 16-year-old wild card, won her first three WTA Tour matches at Indian Wells, beating Pauline Parmentier, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova without dropping a set. ‘‘She’s 16, so she’s not scared,’’ Pliskova said of Anisimova. In a night match, Venus Williams defeated Anastasija Sevastova, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals as the oldest woman in the draw. Williams, 37, was coming off a straight-set victory over younger sister Serena a night earlier, ending a three-match skid against her sibling. On the men’s side, Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a back injury trailing fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert, 6-2, 3-1. Herbert moved on to a fourth-round matchup with Philipp Kohlschreiber, who upset No. 2 seed Marin Cilic, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Ken Flach, who won four Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and two in mixed doubles, died Monday after a brief illness, according to the ATP World Tour. He was 54. In a posting on Facebook, Flach’s widow, Christina, wrote: ‘‘The love of my life, Ken Flach, passed away after fighting pneumonia and septic.’’ Flach reached No. 1 in the men’s doubles rankings and paired with Robert Seguso to form one of the world’s top teams in the 1980s, winning 28 titles together, including major championships at the US Open in 1985 and Wimbledon in 1987 and 1988. Flach and Seguso also collected a gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Flach won the 1993 US Open men’s doubles title with Rick Leach.
Gun incident highlights Greek soccer crisis
FIFA will send a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, a day after its top league was suspended. In a letter to the Greek government, FIFA Europe director Bjorn Vassallo said the delegation was due to arrive in Athens Tuesday to hold talks that included meetings with the Greek soccer federation. ‘‘FIFA demands an uncompromising and robust approach in exterminating all forms of violence in football,’’ Vassallo wrote. On Monday, the government ordered the suspension of the Greek league after the owner of PAOK Thessaloniki stormed onto the field with a gun holstered to his belt to protest a disallowed goal in a match against AEK Athens. A public prosecutor ordered a judicial investigation into the incident. The probe by prosecutors in Thessaloniki will also investigate why police allegedly ignored instructions by a prosecutor to arrest PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis on the spot. FIFA has already warned Greek sporting authorities that failure to implement swift reforms could lead to the country’s suspension from international competition. Savvidis’s behavior also provoked PAOK’s suspension Tuesday from the 230-member group of Europe’s most influential clubs. The European Club Association said its board voted unanimously to suspend PAOK until a March 27 members’ assembly in Rome. Still evading arrest, Savvidis apologized Tuesday for what he called an ‘‘emotional reaction’’ to the referee’s decision and ‘‘the general negative condition in Greek soccer.’’ . . . Sevilla reached the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after beating Manchester United, 2-1, thanks to two second-half goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder. The French striker scored in the 74th minute — two minutes after coming on — with a low shot from 12 meters and then sent in a header off a corner that United goalkeeper David De Gea could only parry into his own net in the 78th. Sevilla last reached the last eight of the competition in 1958, when it was called the European Cup, and joins fellow Spanish team Real Madrid in Friday’s draw . . . Roma overcame a poor first-half performance to beat Shakhtar Donetsk, 1-0, and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score. Edin Dzeko scored the only goal of the match early in the second half as Roma became the second Italian side to progress to the final eight after Juventus beat Tottenham last week. A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreyra was shown a yellow card . . . FIFA has apologized after its website failed to cope with demand for World Cup tickets. Tuesday marked the start of two sales phases on a first-come, first-served basis before the tournament begins June 14 in Russia. Many fans spent hours waiting to get into the site after sales reopened Tuesday morning, while others complained they had paid for tickets but didn’t get any confirmation the tickets were reserved. Writing on Twitter, FIFA said, ‘‘We are really sorry that problems have been persisting,’’ adding that ‘‘we've been informed that the issues relate to the sheer volume of fans accessing the ticketing platform.’’ Most World Cup tickets so far have been issued by a lottery with equal chances for fans who apply at any time within a given window. . . . Major League Soccer and Liga MX have joined in a long-term partnership that will launch this year when reigning MLS Cup champion Toronto hosts the champion from Mexico’s top league. The match, dubbed the Campeones Cup, is set for Sept. 19 at BMO Field. The Liga MX opponent will be the winner of July’s Campeon de Campeones match between the Apertura champion Tigres UANL and the Clausura champion determined in May. The partnership will go beyond that annual game to include youth competitions, future All-Star games and other events and initiatives . . . Uruguay’s football association has sanctioned first-division club Fenix after two chickens were let loose on the pitch in a game against Racing on Sunday. The two chickens were painted in white and green, the colors of Racing. Racing won 1-0 after scoring five minutes before the final whisle. The incident has also made club director Gaston Alegari a target of criticism from animal rights groups and fans after he violently kicked the chicken off the pitch. The Uruguayan association decided that Fenix will have to play one match away from their home stadium because of the incident.
Eichel’s return still on hold
Sabres leading scorer Jack Eichel isn’t sure when he'll be cleared to play after returning to practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle a month ago. Eichel says he'd like to start playing as soon as possible. But he adds it’s premature to pick a specific game. He says the timetable will depend on his conditioning level and how his ankle responds to the lengthy on-ice session Tuesday. The Sabres are off until Thursday, when they host the Maple Leafs. Buffalo sits last in the Eastern Conference standings and is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Eichel has been skating on his own for the past 10 days. He’s missed 14 games since he was hurt in a 4-2 win at Boston on Feb. 10. Eichel still leads the Sabres with 22 goals and 53 points despite playing just 55 games . . . Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is nearing a return from a concussion that’s sidelined him for two weeks. Murray faced shots Tuesday before the rest of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions took the ice. Murray hasn’t played since sustaining the concussion after taking a shot to the facemask in practice late last month. Coach Mike Sullivan says the team is ‘‘encouraged’’ by Murray’s progress. Sullivan added he expects Murray to travel with the Penguins when they begin a three-game road trip against the Rangers on Wednesday night. The Penguins are 4-3 since Murray went down and trail first-place Washington by 1 point in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Penguins forward Bryan Rust, who has missed the last two games while dealing with a concussion, has been cleared for contact and could join his teammates on the road swing.
Woods, Els named Presidents Cup captains
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els were named the Presidents Cup captains for the 2019 matches in Australia. Still to be determined is if one of them plays. Woods and Els have each played in the Presidents Cup eight times and served as assistants. Els will be 50 when the matches are played in December next year. Woods, coming off a runner-up finish last week at Innisbrook, says he will talk to the PGA Tour about a possible change to allow him to be a playing captain if it comes to that. Hale Irwin is the only playing captain in 1994, the first year of the matches . . . Michigan-based Boyne Resorts has reached an agreement to assume outright ownership of six ski resorts it’s operating under long-term lease agreements, a development that could boost investment in the properties from Maine to Washington State, the company said. The agreement covers Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine; Brighton Resort near Salt Lake City; Cypress Mountain in British Columbia; and The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle. Also included is the Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The deal with Oz Real Estate will allow the new owner to invest in the seven properties, said Steve Kircher, Boyne’s president and CEO. The resorts were among more than a dozen ski resorts sold by a Florida-based real estate investment trust last year. Oz Real Estate assumed ownership of 14 properties, while Missouri-based EPR Properties held the rest . . . A judge has ordered Greg Stephen, an Iowa youth basketball coach, jailed on a federal child pornography charge until a detention hearing. The 42-year-old Stephen, until recently the co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers, was handcuffed and shackled during an initial court appearance in Cedar Rapids. He wore a Barnstormers T-shirt and jeans. Stephen was arrested by the FBI earlier in the day on a warrant charging him with knowingly transporting child pornography. A criminal complaint alleges that Stephen confessed to secretly recording three adolescent players in a hotel room during a trip to Illinois. Investigators say they found a recording of a fourth boy and are analyzing numerous cameras and electronic devices seized from Stephen’s home and cabin. The charge carries 15 to 30 years in prison. The basketball program, for boys between 5th and 12th grade, fields teams in Amateur Athletic Union events and is sponsored by Adidas. Several players who went on to play Division 1 college basketball have cycled through the organization since its founding in 2005. A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday alleges Stephen’s former brother-in-law came across a USB recording device in a bathroom while doing remodeling work in Stephen’s home last month. The man turned the device over to police after viewing digital video files showing teenage boys disrobing and entering and exiting a hotel bathroom shower. The man told police one of the players featured in the videos had spent the night at Stephen’s home on Feb. 16, and that Stephen became ‘‘frantic’’ when he learned the device was missing . . . Joar Ulsom has a commanding lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and is now 77 miles from the finish line in Nome, Alaska. He arrived in White Mountain just before 8 a.m. AKST. For being first to the checkpoint, he picked up a $2,500 check. Ulsom and the dogs will take a mandatory eight-hour rest before resuming the trail. He arrived in the checkpoint with a nearly three-hour lead on the second place musher, Nic Petit, a native of France living south of Anchorage. Sixty-seven mushers began the nearly 1,000-mile race across the Alaska wilderness March 4 in Willow. Since then, five mushers have scratched . . . The opening day of the prestigious Cheltenham (England) Festival was marred by the death of a horse in each of the final two races. Mossback had to be put down after suffering a shoulder injury in a fall during the National Hunt Chase. Report To Base was put down after falling in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase. Four horses died in last year’s festival. Seven died in 2016. The four-day festival is the highlight of the jumps season in British horse racing, culminating in the Gold Cup on Friday . . . Jimmy Spithill, who skippered Oracle Team USA to two landmark victories in the America’s Cup, has joined Italian syndicate Luna Rossa. Luna Rossa, backed by the Prada fashion house, announced the hiring. It’s not clear whether Oracle Team USA’s owner, tech billionaire Larry Ellison, will continue on in the America’s Cup. As a 30-year-old in 2010, Spithill became the youngest skipper to win the America’s Cup when he steered Oracle Team USA to victory over a Swiss crew. In 2013, he led Oracle Team USA to a dramatic comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand.