Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli retires
Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who helped Boston win the World Series in 2013, retired Saturday after 12 years in the major leagues that included three trips to the Fall Classic. The 37-year-old, who did not play last season because of a knee injury, announced his decision on Twitter, making multiple references to his tenure with the Red Sox, in particular the “epic” 2013 season with his “Bearded Brothers in Beantown.” “The memories will last forever . . . and I would do it all over again,” Napoli wrote. In three seasons in Boston, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs and 187 RBIs. For his career, Napoli batted .246 with 267 homers and 744 RBIs over 1,392 games with the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, and Indians. He had his best season in 2016, hitting .239 with career highs in homers (34) and RBIs (101), as Cleveland reached the World Series.
Beckham Jr. won’t play Sunday
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Redskins with a quadriceps injury. Beckham appeared on the team’s injury report Friday with a bruised quadricep and practiced on a limited basis . . . The Browns activated cornerback Terrance Mitchell, broke his right wrist while making a tackle Sept. 30 against Oakland. Mitchell will likely play Sunday against Carolina because Cleveland is without rookie corner Denzel Ward (concussion) . . . The NFL fined Buffalo defensive end Jerry Hughes $53,482 for confronting umpire Roy Ellison in the tunnel after last Sunday’s game with Miami. Hughes accused Ellison of calling him a vulgar name.
No. 1 UConn women rout Seton Hall
Katie Lou Samuelson had 26 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead No. 1 UConn (9-0) to an easy 99-61 win over Seton Hall (7-2) in women’s basketball at Hartford. Samuelson moved past Diana Taurasi and into second place on the school’s all-time 3-pointer list with 320. . . . Harvard (4-6), led by Katie Benzan (18 points), cut a 15-point second-half deficit to 3 before dropping a 60-49 decision to Rutgers (6-3) at Lavietes Pavilion . . . In men’s basketball, Donnell Gresham’s career-high 26 points lifted Northeastern (5-5) to a 92-83 win over Oakland (4-6) at Matthews Arena . . . Anthony Lamb (career-high 37 points) made three consecutive layups to rally host Vermont (7-3) late for a 71-65 win over Harvard (4-5). Corey Johnson (17 points) led the Crimson . . . Cyril Langevine and Fatts Russell scored 19 points each as Rhode Island (4-3) breezed to a 79-63 win at Holy Cross (6-4). Caleb Green (16 points) paced the Crusaders.
No. 1 UMass men bounce back against Quinnipac
Ivan Chukarov, Jacob Pritchard, and Bobby Trivigno scored in the third period as the top-ranked UMass men’s hockey team (13-2-0) erased a one-goal deficit for a 3-1 win over No. 8 Quinnipiac (14-3-0) at Mullins Center . . . Two goals apiece from Bobo Carpenter and Shane Bowers sparked BU (5-8-2, 5-5-2 Hockey East) to a 5-2 victory at UMass Lowell (8-7-1, 4-4-1). Jake Oettinger made 40 saves for the win . . . Tyler Madden had a goal and an assist and No. 13 Northeastern (10-3-1, 6-1-1 Hockey East) exploded for five third-period goals in a 7-2 win at Merrimack (4-12-1, 2-8-0) . . . In women’s hockey, Paige Sorensen’s first goal of the season at 14:39 of the second period lifted host Merrimack (11-6-2, 7-6-1 Hockey East) to a 1-0 win over No. 9 BC (13-7-0, 10-5-0) . . . Jesse Compher had a goal and four assists as BU (8-4-4) finished off an 8-0 rout at RIT (5-10-4) . . . Meghara McManus scored twice, including an unassisted tally at 8:54 of the third to salvage a 2-2 tie for host UNH (6-9-4) with Harvard (4-6-2).
Senators’ Ryan, Duchene hurt
Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan has a concussion and is joining Matt Duchene on injured reserve. Senators' general manager Pierre Dorion says both were injured Thursday against Montreal. He added that Ryan is out indefinitely and Duchene will miss a week or more with a lower-body injury . . . The Coyotes placed forward Vinnie Hinostroza on injured reserve with a lower-body injury sustained Thursday against Washington . . . The Ducks extended general manager Bob Murray's contract for two seasons through 2021-22.
Oosthuizen retakes South African lead
Louis Oosthuizen was back in front at the South African Open in Johannesburg after a 4-under-par 67 gave him a three-shot lead and a chance at his first title at his home tournament. Oosthuizen rebounded with a strong putting display to move to a 14-under 199 overall at Randpark Golf Club to overtake Charl Schwartzel. Schwartzel struggled to a 1-over 72 to tie Madalitso Muthiya (71) and Matt Wallace (68) at 11 under . . . Gary Woodland and Charley Hoffman shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play for a share of the lead in the PGA QBE Shootout at Naples, Fla. Woodland and Hoffman birdied the final three holes to match the teams of Emiliano Grillo and Graeme McDowell and Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire at 19-under 125, with a better-ball round remaining at Tiburon Golf Club.
Atlanta United blank Portland to win MLS Cup
Josef Martinez (39th minute) and Franco Escobar (54th) scored, Brad Guzan came up with a couple of clutch saves, and host Atlanta United gave the city its first title since 1995 with a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final Saturday night. United captured the crown in just its second season, sending Tata Martino out with a title in his final game as coach. He’s reportedly headed to Mexico to take over as that country’s national coach . . . Mohamed Salah scored his first hat trick of the season as Liverpool beat host Bournemouth, 4-0, to equal its club record of 17 English Premier League soccer matches unbeaten . . . Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight World Cup super-G, skiing 0.28 seconds faster than Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland at St. Moritz, Switzerland. It was Shiffrin’s 10th super-G start in nine seasons on the circuit, and her win last weekend had been her first podium finish. The 23-year-old American plans to skip the next World Cup stop — rescheduled downhill and super-G races on Dec. 18-19 at Val Gardena, Italy . . . According to reports, Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris will miss 3-4 weeks with a right hip injury suffered Monday . . . American figure skater Nathan Chen won gold Friday night at the Grand Prix Finals in Vancouver with 282.42 points. On Saturday, Japan’s Rika Kihira, 16, won the women's title with a combined 233.12 points, and Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (205.35) won the ice dance. .