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Baseball

Valentine to meet BoSox again today

ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine, a former Rangers and Mets manager, is scheduled to meet today with Red Sox officials for a second time to discuss their managerial opening, ESPN.com reported Sunday.

Valentine, 61, moved up on the candidate list after Sox GM Ben Cherington did not offer the job to Dale Sveum, who took the Cubs job Friday. While managing in Japan, Valentine had dealings with the Sox after they established a working agreement with Chiba Lotte in 2007.

MORE MLB: The Phillies acquired utilityman Ty Wigginton and cash from the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Wigginton, a former Ray, batted .242 with 15 homers this past season.

Soccer

Kickback scandal may cost FIFA exec

Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer's governing body, expects at least one member of FIFA's executive committee to leave his post because of a kickback case.

"It does look like some people won't be able to stay on the executive committee," Blatter told a German newspaper.

Blatter's comment could be referring to Ricardo Teixeira, who heads the Brazilian 2014 World Cup organizing committee and has been linked to the 10-year-old scandal. FIFA has promised to publish Swiss court papers next month identifying officials who took payments from ISL. The marketing agency owned World Cup TV rights until its 2001 bankruptcy.

More Soccer: U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage said she would like to coach her native Sweden when her U.S. contract expires in 2012. Sundhage led the U.S. team to gold at the 2008 Olympics and silver at this year's World Cup. Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby's contract also expires after the London Olympics. Meanwhile, Tobin Heath scored in the 81st minute as the U.S. women tied Sweden 1-1 in an exhibition in Arizona.

TENNIS

Nadal, Federer survive threats

Rafael Nadal toiled for nearly three hours before beating American Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, while Roger Federer also needed three sets to win his opener.

Federer began his quest for a record sixth title at the season-ending event by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in Group B.

Fish saved two match points at 5-4 down in the third set, but Nadal won the tiebreaker.

Group A begins today with Andy Murray facing David Ferrer, and Novak Djokovic against Tomas Berdych.

Et cetera

Football: Chris Garrett ran for 190 yards and a touchdown and the host Winnipeg Blue Bombers advanced to the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's title game, with a 19-3 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Division final. Winnipeg faces the British Columbia Lions on Sunday in Vancouver. Former Montana State star Travis Lulay threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, and scored on a 61-yard run as B.C. beat the Edmonton Eskimos 40-23 in the West final.

Swimming: Two-time Olympian and former Gator Ryan Lochte and teenager Missy Franklin won male and female athlete of the year as USA Swimming honored its top performers. Lochte also won the men's race of the year award for setting a world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the world championships in Shanghai.

Times wires

Sports in brief 11/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2011 12:24am]

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