Cardinals choose Matheny as La Russa's successor
The St. Louis Cardinals are replacing a manager who's third on the career victory list with a man who'll be writing his first lineup card on opening day. Mike Matheny, a former catcher with the Cardinals who had been a minor-league instructor, will be introduced as Tony La Russa's successor at a news conference Monday.
"I think he's going to be a great leader," Jim Edmonds, a teammate of Matheny's with the Cardinals, said Sunday. "If he goes out there and does what he's capable of doing and they put the players around him, he could be the manager for the next 20 years."
The 40-year-old Matheny played for St. Louis from 2000-04 and won three of his four Gold Gloves. He became a team leader playing for La Russa, who retired after leading the team to his second World Series title in 16 seasons.
Matheny was one of six men the Cardinals interviewed to replace La Russa. They also talked to Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, longtime Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo, former Boston manager Terry Francona, Triple-A manager Chris Maloney, and Chicago White Sox coach Joe McEwing.
General Manager John Mozeliak declined to comment on the hire aside from a one-word text to The Associated Press: "Tomorrow."
Matheny was with the Giants when his career was ended by concussions in 2006.
"He's a great leader, and an even better person," Edmonds said. "I think this is great. There's nobody that's going to work any harder than Mike."
World Series program sells for $241,500
A program from the first World Series game sold at auction for $241,500. Hunt Auctions said the program was sold Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Museum.
Company President David Hunt said there was enormous demand for the rare 1903 program from the series between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates, which Boston won. He said he was "aware of only one other copy of this 1903 World Series program, and that copy resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame."
Other auction highlights included a Pete Rose-autographed, 4,000th-hit baseball that sold for $66,700 and a baseball signed by Cy Young that sold for $51,570.
Union to meet Monday to discuss offer
Decision day for NBA players may have arrived. The players' association will meet in New York on Monday morning, a session that could lead to the end of the lockout or send it into a bigger tailspin. Representatives from all 30 teams are expected, as are other players, to examine and discuss a seven-page summary of the NBA's latest collective bargaining proposal to the union.
The proposal, which was obtained by The Associated Press, was dated Friday and addressed to union executive director Billy Hunter. Some who will be in the NBPA meeting said Sunday they had not yet seen it, creating some confusion over what exactly is on the table.
In an unusual twist, Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver went on Twitter on Sunday night and talked about everything from contraction (which has been discussed) to sending players to the D-League at slashed salaries (which isn't in the proposal).
Kiefer siblings both win gold medals
After nearly a solid month of travel in which Paul Dunbar senior Lee Kiefer won bronze at the Senior World Championships and individual and team golds at the Pan American Games, the sixth-ranked foil fencer in the world returned to junior competition and won gold at the November North American Cup on Friday in Austin, Texas.
"I registered months ago before worlds and actually almost forgot I was fencing this one until a few weeks ago," Kiefer said. "But it's always important to get more experience no matter where you are."
Kiefer started slowly in the finals against Russian Alina Antokhina, but quickly built momentum to win 15-8.
Kiefer's brother, Axel, also won his second NAC title of the season. The Paul Dunbar freshman defeated top-ranked Stephen Mageras of Darien, Conn., 15-2 in the finals.
"That last bout, I got really excited when I got up a few and that's basically what fueled me," Axel Kiefer said. "If I'd been down against him, it probably would have been a lot more difficult."
Borel getting ready to head to Gulfstream
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel will ride at Gulfstream Park at the conclusion of Churchill Downs' Fall Meet.
"The main reason we're going is to ride horses for Ian (trainer Wilkes)," said Jerry Hissam, Borel's agent. "He's got (Iroquois-winner) Motor City and several other babies that haven't started yet. When you get a chance to ride a group of nice horses, you take it."
Gulfstream Park's meet will begin Dec. 3, but Borel, who has traditionally ridden at Oaklawn Park over the winter, is not scheduled to begin riding at the track until Dec. 15.
Borel, who has ridden 853 winners at Oaklawn Park since 1991, has only recorded two victories at Gulfstream in the same time-span. Borel is the second all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs with 1,071 victories.
91-1 shot Shane Roars wins at Aqueduct
Shane Roars won at 91-1 odds Sunday, the only surprise among the four New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct. Winning for the first time in three tries, Shane Roars beat Think I'm Hooked by a neck in the $100,000 Great White Way for 2-year-olds. Junior Alvarado was aboard for trainer Dominic Galluscio as Shane Roars ran 6 furlongs in 1:12.19, paying $185.50 to win.
■ Scotus overcame trouble in the second turn before drawing away to a 33/4-length win in Sunday's featured race for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old son of Successful Appeal covered the 11⁄16 miles on the main track in 1:45.82. Owned by Peter Callahan and trained by Ken McPeek, Scotus earned $30,000 for the win, increasing his career total to $170,454. Scotus previously won the Grade III Matt Winn at Churchill Downs in June.
■ Heavy favorite Charm the Maker had to battle for her first stakes victory, wearing down a stubborn Killer Graces with a rally in the final yards in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.
In Paris, Federer wins 69th career title
Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) to win the Paris Masters for the first time and clinch the 69th title of his glittering career. The 16-time Grand Slam champion had never previously reached the final in Paris, but gave the sixth-seeded Frenchman little chance after saving two break points in his opening service game.
"I've been waiting for this for a long time," Federer said. "I'm really happy to have finally made it."
Federer's 18th Masters title puts him one ahead of Andre Agassi and one behind all-time leader Rafael Nadal. The 30-year-old from Switzerland is on a 12-match winning streak after winning the Swiss Indoors last week.
The last word
After getting tangled with Matt Kenseth at Martinsville, Va., two weeks ago, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers said he would get payback. It didn't happen at Texas last week, but Vickers got his retaliation at Phoenix on Sunday — even if he said he didn't mean to:
"I'm not saying I wasn't going to pay him back, but I'm just saying that wasn't it."