Major League Baseball will no longer use the phrase “disabled list” for the roster of injured players. In the future, it will be known as the “injured list.” The change, first reported by ESPN, came after a push by advocates for disabled people, who objected to the term. “The disability community identifies with the term ‘disabled,’ ” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which encourages greater inclusion of people with disabilities in society. “When it’s used incorrectly, when someone is injured, not disabled, that’s offensive.” . . . Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by players, such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League, are too complicated to be put in place for this season.
Harper, Giants have talks, ‘mutual interest’
Bryce Harper and the Giants met in the slugger’s hometown of Las Vegas with the sides having what new San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi called “mutual interest.” Zaidi, the club’s new president of baseball operations, would not say whether an offer was extended to the star outfielder and lefthanded hitter . . . Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor likely will miss the start of the season with a strained right calf. Lindor sustained the injury recently while working out in Orlando, Fla. The Indians anticipate he’ll be out up to nine weeks.
Dolphins’ Flores names Caldwell assistant
Former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell has been hired by new Dolphins coach Brian Flores as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Caldwell was among 16 members of Flores’s staff, which included new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, both former Patriots assistants, as well as former Patriot assistants Josh Boyer as defensive pass game coordinator and Jerry Schuplinski as assistant quarterbacks coach . . . Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian will preside over the opening weekend of the newest pro spring league, the Alliance of American Football.
Budenholzer, Malone to coach All-Stars
The perk of getting to coach the All-Star Game goes to the staffs of the teams with the best records in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference by Feb. 3 — which this year meant the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer and the Nuggets’ Michael Malone got the jobs . . . UConn leading scorer Jalen Adams will be out 4-6 weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee suffered during the Huskies’ loss to Temple on Wednesday.
Kim soars in halfpipe world championships
The 18-year-old Chloe Kim added a world championship to her overflowing collection of halfpipe titles, outdistancing second-place finisher Xuetong Cam of China by 9.5 points on a frigid afternoon in Park City, Utah. Kim is now the reigning Olympic, X Games, US Open, and world champion . . . Second-year Revolution coach Brad Friedel was inducted into the inaugural class of Blackburn Rovers Hall of Fame . . . Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Kings defenseman Alec Martinez . . . Lynn native Katie Burt of the Boston Pride and US women’s national team was in goal at Friday’s Nashville Predators practice . . . John Leonard, Jack Suter, and Marc Del Gaizo each had a goal an assist to help the No. 2-ranked UMass men’s hockey team beat BU, 4-2 . . . No. 15 UMass Lowell shut out Boston College, 3-0, on goals from Ryan Dmowski, Nick Marin, and Ryan Lohin . . . Five players scored for No. 17 Harvard as it dropped No. 20 Union, 5-3. Defenseman Adam Fox collected four assists.