Rockies to tab Hurdle as manager
PITTSBURGH — The Pirates will introduce former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle as their new manager at a news conference today.
Hurdle, the batting coach for the AL champion Rangers, replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season — the Pirates' worst in 58 years and their record-extending 18th consecutive losing season. Russell lost 299 games in three seasons.
The Pirates interviewed eight candidates, but only Hurdle and longtime Pirates minor-league field coordinator Jeff Banister were in the running.
Hurdle, 53, was scheduled to have a second interview with the Mets, the only other club seeking a manager. He apparently decided to take a firm offer from the Pirates — apparently for three seasons — rather than wait on the Mets job.
Hurdle was 534-625 with the Rockies from 2002-09, leading them to the 2007 World Series.
Soderling's Masters win ups rank to 4th
Robin Soderling won his first Masters 1000 title, defeating Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) in the Paris Masters final.
"I always feel so good here in Paris," Soderling, a two-time French Open runnerup, said. "I now have two favorite tournaments, it's here and Roland Garros. I hope I can come back many times and play well."
Soderling will jump Andy Murray to rise to a career-high No. 4 in the men's rankings.
Ethics panel to hear vote-selling case
The ethics panel of world soccer's governing body is set to begin a three-day hearing to determine whether two voters and at least two candidates should be barred from the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests for alleged corruption.
The unprecedented session that starts today in Zurich, Switzerland, will shape a tense final stretch of lobbying before FIFA's executive committee chooses the hosts in a secret ballot Dec. 2. The poll could proceed without Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, who are suspended from the 24-man body and will argue for reinstatement.
Temarii, the Tahitian president of Oceania's confederation, and Adamu of Nigeria were filmed in an undercover sting that appeared to show them offering their votes for sale in exchange for soccer projects at home. FIFA has not identified which of the nine bidders it is investigating. The European bidders for 2018 are: England, Russia and the joint bids of Belgium-Netherlands and Spain-Portugal. The 2022 race involves the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.
More soccer: Colorado beat San Jose 1-0 late Saturday to advance to the MLS Cup. The Rapids await the winner of Sunday's late FC Dallas-Los Angeles match in the title game Nov. 21 in Toronto.
Figure skating: Japan's Kanako Murakami wasn't immune to the falls that plagued the free skate, but she still won the gold medal at Skate America in Portland, Ore. It was the first senior Grand Prix title for the 16-year-old Murakami (164.93), who beat American Rachael Flatt (162.86) and Italy's Carolina Kostner (154.87).
Powerboats: Marc Granet and Rich Wyatt won the Superboat Unlimited class at the Key West World Championship.
Track: Wes Santee, a Kansas track star, Olympian and member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, died Sunday at his home in Eureka, Kan., after a fight with cancer. He was 78. Santee set world records in the 1,500 meters and the indoor mile. He also won NCAA titles in the mile and 5,000, and was on the 1953 cross-country champs.