Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made his first public appearance in the Dominican Republic on Sunday nearly six months after he was shot in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity. The Dominican-born Ortiz was greeted by a standing ovation when he entered the Quisqueya Stadium Juan Marichal for the Game of Legends, a charity exhibition and home run derby featuring Dominican major league players and retired stars. “Praise God and long live the Dominican Republic,” Ortiz said to fans. He thanked the fans, fellow players, and the press for their support after the shooting. “I’m happy to be here with my people,” he said. He did not play . . . The New York Mets hired Jeremy Hefner as pitching coach, Hensley Meulens as bench coach, and Tony DeFrancesco as first base coach under new manager Carlos Beltrán.
UConn routs Notre Dame
Megan Walker scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead No. 4 UConn women’s basketball team to an 81-57 blowout win over rival Notre Dame. Walker hit 10 of her 18 shots for the Huskies (8-0). Olivia Nelson-Ododa added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Christyn Williams had 12 points and Crystal Dangerfield, who returned to the Huskies’ starting lineup after missing two games with back spasms, chipped in with 10. Anaya Peoples had 17 points and 11 boards to lead Notre Dame (5-6), which has a losing record for the first time in 16 years . . . Haley Gorecki scored 27 points and got seven rebounds and five steals to lead Duke (7-3) to an 85-73 ACC win over Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Eagles (5-5) were led by sophomore Taylor Soule with a team-high 22 points. She shot 5 for 10 from the floor and 12 for 14 from the foul line. Soule also grabbed a team-high nine boards. Sophomore Makayla Dickens was 6 for 11 from the floor and finished with 16 points, while sophomore Marnelle Garraud added 11 points . . . Maeve Donnelly had 12 points and a school-record 10 blocks as UMass beat visting Holy Cross, 75-72. Vashnie Perry led the Minutewomen (6-3) with a career-high 20 points. Avery LaBarbera led Holy Cross (4-3) with 23 points
Jones wins Australian Open
Matt Jones made a 4-foot par putt on the final hole to hold off Louis Oosthuizen and win his second Australian Open golf championship by one stroke after a 2-under 69. Jones had a 72-hole total of 15-under 269. Oosthuizen finished second after a 66. The South African eagled the 18th after hitting his second shot to 15 feet, making things interesting for Jones at the end . . . Danish rookie Rasmus Hojgaard won a three-way playoff at the Mauritius Open with an eagle to become the third-youngest winner on the European Tour. The 18-year-old Hojgaard overcame two bogeys in his opening nine and birdied the last hole in a round of 4-under 68 to get to 19 under overall, tied for first with Antoine Rozner of France and Renato Paratore of Italy. In the playoff, Hojgaard and Rozner both birdied the par-5 last hole as Paratore made par. Both Hojgaard and Rozner birdied again on the 18th before the Dane won the title with an eagle.
Russia Olympic ban urged
The athlete committee of the World Anti Doping Agency is calling for Russia to be completely banned from the Olympics after the country “made a mockery not only those who play by the rules, but those who create and safeguard them.” The WADA executive committee meets Monday to decide whether to approve a recommendation that would ban the Russian flag from the next two Olympics but would allow some Russians to compete as neutrals if they can prove they weren’t affected by the doping . . . Tommy Ford glided through the fog and the falling snow to finish the Birds of Prey giant slalom in a combined time of 2 minutes, 31.25 seconds. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was second, 0.80 seconds back, while fellow Norwegian Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen took third . . . Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany raced to her fourth career World Cup super-G victory, withstanding a late charge by Italy’s Nicol Delago. Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic giant slalom winner, finished in 1:20 to edge Delago by 0.35 seconds.
Delago was the 31st racer of the afternoon and bumped Corinne Suter of Switzerland into third place.