EUROPE NAMES MCGINLEY 2014 RYDER CAPTAIN
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Paul McGinley was chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014, ending a chaotic campaign marked by a late challenge from former captain Colin Montgomerie.
McGinley, a 46-year-old Irishman, replaces Jose Maria Olazabal, whose team rallied to beat the United States in October at Medinah, outside Chicago. Europe defends the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland.
"To lead the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor," McGinley said Tuesday. "To be quite honest, it is a very humbling experience to be sitting in this seat. It is a week I'm looking forward to. It's a whole new experience for me, the chance to be a captain."
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, strongly endorsed McGinley, saying, "He makes you feel so good about yourself."
LPGA: One month before its season, the tour announced a 28-tournament schedule that includes five majors and three more events than last year. More than half the tournaments are in North America. The season begins Feb. 14 with the Women's Australian Open in Canberra. The finale, The Titleholders, Nov. 21-24 in Naples, is the only event in Florida.
Francona: Sox aim was 'sexy team'
Theo Epstein signed former Rays star Carl Crawford and traded for Adrian Gonzalez following pressure from Red Sox owners to build a "sexy team," according to a book co-authored by former Boston manager Terry Francona. Epstein, who left as general manager after the 2011 season to become a Cubs executive, said Boston owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino made the team's image a priority, according to excerpts that Sports Illustrated released. Francona: The Red Sox Years is co-written by the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy and is scheduled for publication Jan. 22.
ARBITRATION: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward, Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, a former Ray, were among 133 players filing for salary arbitration.
U.S. midfielder Holden returns
American midfielder Stuart Holden played his first game in 16 months and his second in 22 months, returning from knee surgery as second-tier Bolton defeated English Premier League club Sunderland 2-0 to reach the FA Cup's fourth round. Holden entered in the 74th minute. The 27-year-old member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team injured his right knee in March 2011, returned to play in a League Cup match against Aston Villa that September, then had another operation on the same knee eight days later.
LIVESTRONG FLAP: MLS club Sporting Kansas City said it ended its naming-rights arrangement with Livestrong, the cancer charity started by disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong. Livestrong Sporting Park will just be called Sporting Park.
MORE U.S.: The men's national team will play its first home game in the final round of World Cup qualifying March 22 in Commerce City, Colo., against Costa Rica. The Americans open the 10-game campaign Feb. 6 at Honduras.
SKIING: American Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, earned her third win in her first full World Cup season at a downhill in Flachau, Austria.