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MINNEAPOLIS — Hall of Famer Rod Carew is hoping to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago.

Carew, 70, told Sports Illustrated he was stricken while golfing alone in Corona, Calif., on Sept. 20. He had six hours of open heart surgery in which a device that pumps blood was implanted. The device typically acts as a bridge until a heart transplant.

Carew won seven AL batting titles during a 19-year career.

ROBERTS HIRED: The Dodgers officially named Dave Roberts as their next manager. Roberts, 43, will be the team's first minority manager. Los Angeles said it plans to introduce him at a news conference Dec. 1. "This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime," Roberts said in a news release.

MINOR MATTERS: Former Rays top SS prospect Hak-Ju Lee, who was taken off the roster and allowed to become a free agent, signed a minor-league deal with the Giants. The Rays signed RHP Tyler Sturdevant, who had been in the Indians organization.


U.S. draws Costa Rica

The World Cup champion U.S. women's national team faces Costa Rica to open the eight-team CONCACAF tournament in February. The United States has won the past three tournaments that determine the Olympic representatives from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

MEN'S WORLD CUP: The U.S. team plays its March 29 qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio.

FIFA SCANDAL: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini should have their day in FIFA ethics court in December. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert formally opened cases against the FIFA and UEFA presidents for alleged financial wrongdoing.

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted the club remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite Saturday's humiliating 4-0 loss to Barcelona.

FRANCE: Former U.S. coach Bob Bradley's first game in charge of second-division club Le Havre ended in a 0-0 draw against Brest.


Hard-hitting ex-champ dies

Bob Foster, a devastating puncher who was a dominant light-heavyweight champion but failed in his quest to capture a heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, died Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 76.


TENNIS: The Davis Cup final between England and Belgium is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the ongoing terror alert in Belgium, the International Tennis Federation said.

TRACK: Kenyan athletes occupied the headquarters of the national track and field federation in Nairobi, demanding the removal of its top officials in a protest against doping and corruption.

HORSES: New York regulators fined top trainer Steve Asmussen $10,000 and said they're pursuing new equine drug regulations after a probe into abuse allegations by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Times wires

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  1. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead


    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  2. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated


    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  3. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person



    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  4. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    The Rays still talk about having a shot to make the playoffs. But recognizing and correcting mistakes will help them next year, such as Mallex Smith trying to steal third in the first. "Those are the little things we've got to find how to eliminate real quick," manager Kevin Cash said.