Cubs to hire Renteria
CHICAGO — The Cubs will hire Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager, with an official announcement today, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The move will end a long search that began with the Cubs targeting Yankees manager Joe Girardi before moving on to Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, ex-Mariners manager Eric Wedge, ex-Nationals manager Manny Acta, ex-Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and Brad Ausmus, who was hired by the Tigers.
The Cubs hope Renteria, a former infielder who was on the Padres' staff for six years, can develop their young players and lead them to their first championship since 1908. He replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after two years.
Ortiz gets 6th Slugger
World Series MVP David Ortiz of the Red Sox won his sixth Silver Slugger award as the top DH in voting by major-league managers and coaches.
Silver Slugger awards are given to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National leagues.
Jurisprudence: Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort had a blood-alcohol level of 0.284, more than three times the limit at which a driver is considered impaired, when he was pulled over for speeding Monday in Windsor, Colo., police said. Monfort apologized. He is scheduled to enter a plea Nov. 19. … Chattanooga, Tenn., prosecutors dismissed reckless driving and speeding charges against Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Puig has completed at least 12 hours of community service, they said. He was cited April 28 while with Double-A Chattanooga.
Nadal is year-end No. 1
Nine months after returning from a career-threatening knee injury, Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) to reach the semifinals of the ATP Finals in London.
Nadal can't be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic. "It is one of the best things that I did in my career: come back to No. 1 after three seasons," he said.
Autos: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone disputed the contention he paid a bribe to a banker to ensure he stayed in control of the series and then fabricated a reason for the payment. In a London court, Ecclestone, 83, said he was blackmailed by the banker tasked with selling a stake in F1 and paid him to avoid being reported about his tax affairs.
GOLF: The PGA Championship and the Players Championship will have golf's richest 2014 events with $10 million in prize money.
Soccer: Houston beat host New York 2-1 to reach the MLS East final by 4-3 aggregate, and Kansas City beat host New England 3-1 to reach the East final 4-3.