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chipper rejoins braves (in front-office role)

ATLANTA — Chipper Jones is returning to the Braves in a front-office job he describes as "dipping my toe back into the water." The eight-time All-Star third baseman was hired as a special assistant to baseball operations, the Braves said Thursday. Jones' primary focus during the regular season will be helping hitters. Jones, 43, retired as a player after the 2012 season. He said he has been "decompressing" and reached the "undeniable conclusion" he wanted to return to the game.

Rangers: OF Justin Ruggiano agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal.

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Chelsea ousts $16M manager

Jose Mourinho's "palpable discord" with Chelsea players forced the club to abruptly end his second spell as manager with the team, which is one point above the relegation zone seven months after winning the English Premier League title.

The departure of Mourinho, 52, came 21/2 years after his return to Chelsea and four months into a new four-year contract — signed after winning his third league title — that reportedly made him one of the world's highest-paid coaches in any sport at $16 million a year. Chelsea's worst start for a defending champion (4-9-3, 15 points) was compounded Monday by a 2-1 loss at first-place Leicester. After the match, Mourinho said he was "betrayed" by his players, exposing a locker room rift.

"There obviously seemed to be a palpable discord between manager and players," Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said. "We feel it was time to act."

2015 Women's World Cup: The United States' 5-2 win over Japan in the final was the most-watched soccer game, women's or men's, ever in the United States, with an average TV audience of 26.7 million, the sport's governing body said. It bettered United States-Portugal in the 2014 men's World Cup group stage (18.2 million).

U.S. women: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick led the Americans in the World Cup final, was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation's player of the year.

Rowdies: Midfielder Kalif Alhassan, 25, who played this year with Minnesota after five years with MLS's Portland, signed a one-year deal. No details were disclosed.

ET CETERA

Bowling: Gary Faulkner Jr. won the PBA World Championship to become the second black bowler to win a tour title. Faulkner beat top qualifier EJ Tackett 216-178 in the final at Reno, Nev.

Colleges: Marquis Dendy became the first Gator to win the Bowerman Award as the country's top male track and field athlete. He won the long jump and triple jump at the 2014-15 indoor and outdoor NCAA championships.

Cycling: Two-time Olympian Bobby Lea said he will appeal a 16-month doping ban for testing positive at this year's U.S. championships. Lea said he took the prescription painkiller Percocet to help him sleep, not realizing it contained oxycodone, which is banned during competition.

track : Candace Hill, 16, from Con­yers, Ga., became the youngest American to turn pro. In June she ran the 100 meters in 10.98 seconds, the fastest time recorded by an American teenage girl.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 12/17/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:08pm]
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