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The New York Yankees continued their search for a new manager Friday, with former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge becoming the second person to interview for the chance to replace Joe Girardi. Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson interviewed on Wednesday. Wedge, who rejects the old-school method of publicly challenging players to motivate them and promises a touchy-feely approach if hired, was 774-846 over 10 seasons with the Indians and Mariners, He as AL Manager in the Year in 2007, when the Indians won the AL Central, beat the Yankees in the Division Series, and lost to Boston in a seven-game ALCS. He was an ESPN analyst in 2014 and 2015 and has spent the last two seasons as a player development adviser with Toronto . . . Highly touted Japanese pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani will be posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters, allowing him to sign with a major league team next season. The reigning Pacific League MVP, Otani battled thigh and ankle injuries this season. He batted .332 in 65 games with 16 doubles, 8 homers, and 31 RBIs, while going 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA from the mound. He had ankle surgery last month. Because Otani has less than nine years of service time, Nippon Ham retains his rights and he must go through the posting system to leave.
Former United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo told Portuguese newspaper Expressp that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013. The paper reports that Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event. Solo, who won the 2015 World Cup with the US, has been sidelined by injury and has not played for the national team since a six-month suspension for criticizing Sweden’s team at the Olympics in 2016. Blatter denied the allegation to The Guardian newspaper . . . Sadio Mane set up Diafra Sakho’s goal and forced an own goal as Senegal qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, seizing the second chance it was given by FIFA to beat host South Africa, 2-0, in a replay of an African qualifier it lost last year. Soccer’s governing body ordered the game to be played again because of match-fixing by the referee in the initial qualifier in November 2016 . . . Substitute Jakob Johansson scored in the 61st minute as Sweden beat Italy, 1-0, in the opening leg of their playoff in Solna, Sweden, putting the four-time champion Italians at serious risk of failing to qualify for next years’s World Cup. The squads play again Monday in Milan. Italy has participated in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 edition . . . Host Honduras held Australia to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff in San Pedro Sula, leaving a 2018 spot in Russia still very much at stake for Wednesday’s return leg in Sydney.
Patrick Rodgers made four straight birdies to take the lead before it was too dark to play at the storm-delayed OHL Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Rodgers was 11 under overall with three holes remaining in the second round at El Camaleon Golf Club. Rickie Fowler was one shot behind and also had three holes left. First-round leader Patton Kizzire shot 70 and finished at 10-under 132 . . . Shanshan Feng carded a 1-over 73 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan, China. Feng , looking to become the first back-to-back winner of 2017, had three birdies and four bogeys to leave herself at 7-under 209 overall. Second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai (76) dropped to third place, two strokes behind Feng. Moriya Jutanugarn (68) hit seven birdies to move up six places into second at 6 under . . . Defending champion Paul Goydos and major winners Vijay Singh and Lee Janzen shot 7-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix. Bernhard Langer, trying to sweep the PGA Tour Champions' three playoff events and win the Charles Schwab Cup season points title for the fourth straight year and fifth overall, is tied for 28th at even-par 71 at tree-lined Phoenix Country Club . . . Victor Dubuisson holds a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. He had two bogeys and four birdies for a 2-under 70 and 6-under 138 total. Darren Fichardt (69) and Lee Westwood (70) are tied for second two strokes back.
Hannah Miller and Kennedy Marchment scored and No. 8 St. Lawrence (6-3-2) held on for a 2-1 win over the second-ranked BC women’s hockey team (8-1-1) in Canton, N.Y. Makenna Newkirk scored for the Eagles . . . Freshman Aerin Frankel made 19 saves in her first collegiate start to backstop Northeastern (6-6-1, 4-3-0 Hockey East) to a 2-0 shutout of Merrimack (4-8-2, 1-4-1) at Matthews Arena. Taytum Clairmont scored at 2:47 of the first period and Maddie Hartman struck with two seconds left in the second . . . Rebecca Leslie’s equalizer at 19:10 of the third period salvaged a 2-2 tie for BU (2-6-2, 1-5-2 Hockey East) against UConn (4-3-3, 0-2-2) at Walter Brown Arena . . . Brooke Jovanovich potted two goals and Harvard (3-1-0, 3-1-0 ECAC) earned a 6-3 win over Brown (0-7-0, 0-5-0) at Bright-Landry Center . . . In men’s action, Ryan Donato scored on the power play with 54 seconds left in the second period to make it 2-1 but No. 5 Harvard (2-2-0, 2-2-0 ECAC) got no closer, falling to Colgate (5-2-4, 2-0-1) in Hamilton, N.Y. . . . No. 13 Northeastern (6-2-1, 4-0-0 Hockey East) got 33 saves from freshman Cayden Primeau and two goals apiece from Lincoln Griffin and Adam Gaudette on its way to a 6-1 win over crosstown rival BU (4-6-1, 2-3-1) at Matthews Arena . . . Aapeli Rasanen got the winner as BC (5-5-1, (5-1-0 Hockey East) eked out a 4-3 win over Vermont (3-6-1, 1-2-1) in Burlington, Vt.
Basketball season opened as Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman each scored 18 points and BC coasted to a 85-65 men’s win over Maine at Conte Forum . . . Tomas Murphy had 15 points and six rebounds to help Northeastern get past BU, 65-59, at Case Gym . . . UMass beat UMass Lowell, 74-69, at Mullins Center behind 11 points and 13 rebounds from Malik Hines . . . Seth Towns’s 20-point, seven-rebound effort led Harvard past MIT, 73-64, at Lavietes Pavilion . . . Karl Charles scored 23 points, Patrick Benzan made two free throws with 4.8 seconds left, and Holy Cross beat Sacred Heart, 69-64, at Fairfield, Conn. . . . On the women’s side, Payton Hauck had 15 points, Sophie Beaudry added 14, and BU held off Northeastern, 74-73, at Case Gym . . . Georgia Pineau had 15 points and eight boards to lead BC to a 65-42 win over Bryant at Conte Forum . . . Hailey Leidel (20 points) led six players in double figures as UMass routed Maine-Fort Kent, 111-45, at Mullins Center.
Ryan Blaney turned a lap at 137.942 miles per hour to take the top starting spot for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Can-Am 500 at Avondale, Ariz., the penultimate race of the playoffs. One slot remains in the field of four that will race for the championship next week, and Blaney is one of five drivers chasing it. He bettered Denny Hamlin in qualifying and both drivers need to win to grab the final spot in the finale . . . Chicago will host the 2020 NBA All-Star game, earning the honor for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered a 40-point MVP performance in the game . . . Slovakia beat the United States, 2-1, at Augsburg, Germany, in the opener for both teams at the Deutschland Cup, an Olympic hockey tuneup. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, a 2006 first-round pick of the New York Rangers, scored the only goal for the Americans. Patrik Lamper and Marek Hovorka scored for Slovakia, while Jan Laco stopped 35 of 36 shots . . . Kendall Coyne scored twice to lead the United States women’s hockey team to a 5-0 shutout of Sweden in Wesley Chapel, Fla., and a berth in the Four Nations Cup championship Sunday against Canada, a 4-0 winner over Finland . . . American Codie Bascue drove to the first World Cup bobsled win of his career, teaming with Sam McGuffie for gold in Lake Placid, N.Y. . . . The International Skating Union said 2014 Olympic figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova of Russia has been cleared of doping charges by the IOC . . . Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee, says a decision on whether Russian athletes will be allowed to compete next year in Pyeongchang will be made by the end of the year. Russia’s paralympic team was barred from last year’s Rio Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program.
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