MARLINS MAY HIRE BONDS AS a HITTING COACH
Controversial home run king Barry Bonds is being seriously considered to become a Marlins hitting coach, cbssports.com reported. Current Miami hitting coach Frank Menechino would be retained with Bonds named a second hitting coach, according to the website. Bonds, 51, has received raves for his work as a Giants spring training instructor. The seven-time NL MVP hit a record 762 career home runs.
CUETO REBUFFS D'BACKS: RHP Johnny Cueto rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks.
PLAYOFF SHARES: Cubs players showed their generosity by issuing 60 full shares, the most by any of the 10 playoff teams. The Cubs issued full shares worth $122,327.59 each.
NEW AGENT: Singer Marc Anthony, who founded Magnus Media this year, is forming a joint sports agency venture that will represent Reds LH closer Aroldis Chapman.
RED SOX: Free agent OF Chris Young agreed to a multiyear contract.
Stewart replaces chief for farewell season
Tony Stewart will have a new crew chief for his final season in NASCAR. Stewart-Haas Racing said that Michael Bugarewicz has been promoted from race engineer for Kevin Harvick's team to crew chief for Stewart. Bugarewicz replaces Chad Johnson, who last week left to crew chief Kyle Larson for Chip Ganassi Racing.
U.S. star Lloyd up for player of the year
American forward Carli Lloyd is among the finalists for FIFA women's player of the year after scoring a hat trick that led the United States to victory over Japan in the World Cup final. Japan's Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic are the other finalists. Winners will be announced Jan. 11. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are finalists for men's player of the year.
FIFA PROBE: Former Brazilian federation president Jose Maria Marin is having trouble coming up with the $1 million he is to post as part of his bail on federal corruption changes. Arrested in Switzerland in May while preparing to attend at the FIFA Congress, the 83-year-old was extradited to the United States and pleaded not guilty on Nov. 3 to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.
CORRUPTION: The embattled president of the Brazilian confederation is under investigation for marketing deals with a major carmaker. The office of former Barcelona star Romario, now a federal senator, confirmed the contract probe involving Marco Polo del Nero.
SPAIN: Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in Napoli's 2-1 win over 10-man Inter Milan to provide a boost for Napoli's title chances.
ITALY: Fiorentina remained near the top of Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo.
OBITUARY: Alexander Kukarin, 22, a modern pentathlete from Russia who won a silver medal at this year's world championship, died Friday in a Moscow hotel. A heart attack is suspected.
CRICKET: Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns was cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice during a libel action about match-fixing but said he believes his career in the sport is over.
GOLF: Diana Murphy was nominated to a one-year term as president of the U.S. Golf Association. If elected, she would be the second woman to be president of the USGA. Judy Bell was president in 1996-97.
SAILING: America's Cup skipper Franck Cammas of Groupama Team France was seriously injured when he fell off his high performance catamaran and the rudder sliced into his right ankle.