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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.


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.


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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  1. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  2. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  5. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games


    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.