Friday, December 15, 2017
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EX-CARDINALS executive pleads guilty to hacking astros' computers

HOUSTON — The Cardinals' former scouting director pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to hacking into the Astros' player database and email system in a case of high-tech cheating involving two major-league teams. Chris Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis. Correa, 35, was fired last summer and faces up to five years in prison on each charge when he is sentenced. He is free on $20,000 bond. "I accept responsibility in this case," Correa told U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes. "It was stupid." The hacking cost the Astros about $1.7 million, taking into account how Correa used their data to draft players, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said. Major League Baseball could discipline the Cardinals. It said it looked forward to getting details on the case from federal authorities. The Cardinals declined to comment. Correa was able to gain access using a password similar to that used by a Cardinals employee who had to turn over his Cardinals-owned laptop to Correa along with the laptop's password when he left for a job with the Astros in 2011, the FBI said.

NATS-JAYS TRADE: The Nationals traded reliever Drew Storen to the Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere. Storen, 28, lost his closer role in July when Jonathan Papelbon was acquired from Philadelphia. Revere, 27, figures to take over the centerfield and leadoff spots held by former Tampa Catholic standout Denard Span, who signed with the Giants this week.

TENNIS

Them again: Djokovic, Nadal in Qatar final

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will break their 23-23 head-to-head record when they meet in the Qatar Open final today in Doha.

Top seed Djokovic beat No. 3 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to reach his 16th consecutive final. Nadal advanced by defeating Illya Marchenko 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic won all four of his 2015 meetings with Nadal without dropping a set. The last time Nadal beat him was the 2014 French Open final.

Nadal is in his first final in 18 hardcourt tournaments since he won the 2014 Qatar Open.

Brisbane International: Roger Federer overcame a lingering sickness to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 and take his title defense into the semifinals in Australia. Federer, 34, faces Dominic Thiem, 22, the youngest player in the top 20, who beat third seed Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. The other semifinal pits Milos Raonic against Bernard Tomic. On the women's side, unseeded Victoria Azarenka moved into the final by beating U.S. qualifier Samantha Crawford 6-0, 6-3. She faces No. 4 Angelique Kerber, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.

ET cetera

BOBSLED: Americans Jamie Greubel-Poser and Cherelle Garrett posted the fastest time in both runs to win a women's World Cup race at Lake Placid, N.Y. Americans Steven Holcomb and Carlo Valdes rallied to win the men's two-man race.

Skeleton: American Annie O'Shea won her first World Cup event, edging Switzerland's Marina Gilardoni by less than one-tenth of a second at Lake Placid, N.Y. She's the first American woman to medal on the circuit since Noelle Pikus-Pace won gold in the 2013-14 series finale.

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