ohtani rules out Rays
The Rays got the disappointing word Sunday they had been eliminated from the pursuit of Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani.
The Rays had been hoping their commitment to letting Ohtani pitch and hit, based on their experience with top draft pick Brendan McKay, and their small-market size would boost their bid.
But they apparently couldn’t overcome the geography as Ohtani and his agents appear to be focused on west coast teams as they also eliminated the Yankees, who many had considered favorites, along with the Red Sox and Mets. Others reported to be out include the A’s, Blue Jays, Brewers, Cards, Diamondbacks, Pirates and Twins.
The Mariners, Giants and Padres are among those reportedly invited to meet this week with Ohtani, who is in Los Angeles.
Rays officials declined to comment on the news.
Man City rallies for 13th straight win
David Silva scored on an 83rd-minute volley as Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 for a last-gasp win in England’s Premier League. City’s 13th straight win matched the EPL single-season record set by Chelsea (2016-17) and Arsenal (2001-02). City holds a 43-35 lead over Manchester United ahead of their match on Dec. 10. Man City star Paul Pogba was issued a red card and will not play next week. West Ham has 10 points, second worst in the league.
HOCKEY: Brianne Jenner scored 37 seconds into overtime to give the Canadian national team a 2-1 victory over the United States in a pre-Olympic exhibition game at St. Paul, Minn.
ALPINE SKIING: Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the women’s World Cup super-G while American star Lindsey Vonn crashed at Lake Louise, Alberta. After falling on Friday, Vonn tumbled again but was able to ski to the bottom.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Times wires