Cubs give Rick Renteria three-year deal to manage
The Chicago Cubs hired Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their new manager Thursday, bringing in a 51-year-old, first-year skipper they hope will develop their young talent and help establish the long-suffering franchise as a regular post-season contender.
Renteria was given a three-year contract, with club options for 2017 and 2018. Terms were not disclosed.
He has spent the last six seasons in San Diego, the last three as bench coach. Renteria has also coached in the Florida Marlins organization and in March managed Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. He replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after two losing seasons with a combined record of 127-197. In 2013, the Cubs finished last in the NL Central Division for the first time in seven years.
■ A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez says Major League Baseball tried to destroy the third baseman's career and reputation to polish its own image after performance-enhancing drug scandals. Attorney Jordan Siev made the remarks at an initial conference Thursday before federal Judge Lorna Schofield in New York. He says the league and its commissioner, Bud Selig, went "way over the line" as they tried to get A-Rod "at all costs." The New York Yankees star was not at the hearing.
MLB lawyer Joseph Baumgarten told Schofield the lawsuit is "inappropriate."
Rodriguez was given a 211-game suspension by the league on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. He is challenging the suspension, but the Yankees said they will make alternative plans for third base if the grievance hearing isn't decided soon. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has presided over eight days of hearings, which are set to resume Nov. 18.
Nap helps Gay take lead with 63
Heavy fog stopped play and allowed Brian Gay to take a quick nap, and he no longer felt so sluggish after traveling halfway around the world from Shanghai to Sea Island on St. Simons Island, Ga. Gay had enough energy Thursday to make eight birdies on his way to a 7-under 63, giving him a share of the lead with Briny Baird among early starters in the McGladrey Classic.
The opening round could not be completed because of a fog delay lasting nearly two hours. Once the sun burned off the fog, the Seaside course was a pushover with virtually no wind. George McNeill ran off five straight birdies and was 8 under with two holes remaining. Will MacKenzie was as low as 7 under en route to a 66.
■ Playing only 10 holes because of rain and flooding, Tiger Woods struggled with his driver and was well off the lead in the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open that was cut short because of fading light in Antalaya, Turkey. Woods and most of the field were unable to complete their round after the start was delayed three hours. He was at 1 under after 10 holes following a bogey on No. 9 in the next-to-last event of the European Tour season.
Paul Casey was at 7 under through 14 holes. Ricardo Gonzalez and Thorbjorn Olesen were the clubhouse leaders at 6-under 66.
■ Ricky Fowler had six birdies over his last eight holes en route to an 8-under-par 63 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian PGA.
Petty helps Baylor race past Oklahoma
Quarterback Bryce Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two to lead host Baylor, ranked fifth in the country, past No. 12 Oklahoma 41-12. With the win, unbeaten Baylor ties Texas for first place in the Big 12 at 5-0 in league play.
Antwan Goodley caught two touchdown passes for Baylor, while Shock Linwood rushed for 182 yards. The Bears broke the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Petty completed 13 of 26 passes for 204 yards and ran for 45 yards.
After falling behind 27-14, the host Minnesota Vikings rallied for their second win of the season, edging the Washington Redskins 34-27.
Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns. The second one, a 1-yard plunge, gave Minnesota the lead late in the third quarter. Quarterback Christian Ponder hit 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
R.G. Griffin III threw three touchdown passes for Washington and Redskins' running back Alfred Morris ran for 139 yards.
■ The son of former Grambling State football coach Eddie Robinson has died. Eddie Robinson Jr. suffered complications from a heart transplant. He was 70. The younger Robinson played for his father at Grambling, and later worked for him as an assistant coach. He was often referred to as "Coach Jr."
■ The family of a Cowboys practice squad player killed in a drunken-driving crash is suing the nightclub that served him and the car's driver. Jerry Brown's family filed suit last week in a Dallas County court against Beamers Private Club of Dallas. The suit alleges the club served "large sums of alcohol" to Josh Brent, the ex-Cowboys player driving in December when his car crashed
Rookie suspended for hitting Cousins
Rookie guard Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks has been suspended for one game without pay for striking DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings in the groin. He sat out Thursday night's game in Denver. Tuesday night, Schroder hit Cousins with his left hand while trying to get around a pick near the top of the key.
Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, as the host Miami Heat held off the Los Angeles Clippers 102-97. Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.
Anti-Doping Agency getting tougher
Drawing lessons from the Lance Armstrong scandal, global anti-doping authorities are set to move into a new era with tougher sanctions and smarter testing. The World Anti-Doping Agency is also taking a new approach in its effort to catch drug cheaters. It is pursuing investigations and gathering intelligence rather than relying on the blood and urine samples that proved unsuccessful with Armstrong, a serial doper who never failed a test.
A series of proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Code will be voted on at the World Conference on Doping in Sport next week in Johannesburg. The revised code would take effect Jan. 1, 2015 — in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
■ Defending champion Novak Djokovic joined top-ranked Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London by defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday. Nadal had advanced Wednesday when he beat Stanislas Wawrinka to clinch the season-ending No. 1 ranking for the third time.
■ University of Kentucky volleyball senior Jessi Greenberg was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team on Thursday. Greenberg, a double major in International Strategic Communications and Marketing, has a 3.94 grade point average and is scheduled to graduate in December. This season, she has played in 18 matches with four starts and has 37 digs.
The last word
Undisputed Truth, a play about boxing champ Mike Tyson's life, will be shown on HBO Nov. 16. Tyson's life is a tragic story, but not without funny moments. Like the time Tyson forgot about a suitcase that contained $1 million in cash, only to have one of his gofers find it a week later. Said Tyson:
"I had had a rough night in the city and had forgotten where I left it ."