Monday, December 11, 2017

Sports in brief



NEW YORK — Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the U.S. soccer team Monday, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favorite to succeed Klinsmann, and his hiring could be announced today. Arena coached the national team from 1998-2006.

Qualifying resumes when the U.S. hosts Honduras on March 24 and plays four days later at Panama.

"While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction," U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Host West Bromwich Albion secured back-to-back wins for the first time by beating Burnley 4-0. … Spain right back Hector Bellerin signed a long-term deal with Arsenal as the club looks to secure the services of its leading players.


Hall of Fame ballot announced

Slugger Manny Ramirez and former MVPs Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Jeff Bagwell is the top holdover on the 2017 Baseball Writers' Association of America 34-player ballot. He fell 15 votes short of the required 75 percent in 2016 voting. Tim Raines, one of the greatest leadoff hitters in baseball history, is on the ballot for the 10th and final time after falling just 23 votes shy.


More Russians sanctioned

Yulia Zaripova, the Russian gold medalist in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 London Olympics, was among 12 more athletes sanctioned after testing positive in a reanalysis of their doping samples. Zaripova was among seven medalists — all from countries of the former Soviet Union — disqualified retroactively from the London Games after their samples were retested.

PARALYMPICS: The International Paralympic Committee detailed anti-doping standards Russia must meet to regain membership after a state-backed doping program was exposed.


AUTOS: A man considered one of the commercial experts in Formula One has been hired as executive director of McLaren as part of a shakeup after the departure of Ron Dennis. Zak Brown, an American who founded marketing company JMI and is an ex-Formula Three racer, will start his new role next month.

CORRUPTION: A fifth senior Kenyan Olympic committee official has been arrested as authorities continue to investigate the alleged theft of large sums of money and equipment that was meant for athletes competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. National Olympic Committee of Kenya vice president Ben Ekumbo was arrested at his home in Nairobi.

SKIING: World championships silver medalist Fritz Dopfer's season is over after the German broke his left leg in a training crash in Zillertal, Austria.

TENNIS: Roberta Vinci, 33, the 2015 U.S. Open runner-up, has decided to play at least one more year of professional tennis after contemplating retirement.

Times wires

Explosives? On 40-yard plays, Bucs among NFL’s worst

Explosives? On 40-yard plays, Bucs among NFL’s worst

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has key statistics that he puts great value in, finding a close correlation between success in those areas and success on the scoreboard. Winning the takeaway battle is always first among those priorities, but he and his staff...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lions-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 14: A coach's future hangs in the balance

Lions-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 14: A coach's future hangs in the balance

TAMPA — The season started in August with “Hard Knocks,” packed bleachers at training camp and cheers for coach Dirk Koetter.It ended Sunday with a 24-21 loss to the Lions, a lot of empty seats and chants of “We want Gruden ba...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

Tampa Bay Rays make a small deal, acquire INF Joey Wendle

While continuing discussions on bigger topics, the Rays made a small deal Monday, acquiring INF Joey Wendle from the A's for a player to be named later or cash.Wendle, 27, spent part of the last two seasons in the majors, hitting .266 over 36 games. ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 1

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 1

UPDATE, 6:14: The Rays continued talks with no major moves seemingly close, but did make a small deal, acquiring INF Joey Wendle from the A's. Wendle, 27, has spent parts of the last two seasons in the majors, hitting .266 in 36 games. He is a lefty ...
Updated: 14 minutes ago

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMississippi State vs. Cincinnati7 p.m.ESPN2Fordham at Rutgers7 p.m.ESPNUSt. Peter’s at Seton Hall7 p.m.FS1Michigan at Texas9 p.m.ESPN2Albany at Memphis9 p.m.ESPNUNBALakers at Knicks7 p.m.ESPN76ers at Timberwolves9:30 p.m.ESPNNH...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

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Isles back up confidence of coach with win over Caps

Isles back up confidence of coach with win over Caps

NEW YORK — Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves after getting a vote of confidence from his coach, and the Islanders beat the Capitals 3-1 on Monday night to snap a three-game winless streak. Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored goals for the Is...
Updated: 17 minutes ago


AROUND THE LEAGUE: Magic forward Aaron Gordon said he’s free of concussion symptoms and hopes to complete the NBA’s concussion protocol in time to play Wednesday night against the Clippers. … Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is expected to make his season...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Winter meetings journal: Rays closer Alex Colome drawing interest

Winter meetings journal: Rays closer Alex Colome drawing interest

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays made a small deal Monday in acquiring INF Joey Wendle from Oakland while continuing to discuss bigger ones that seem likely to eventually lead to the trade of closer Alex Colome and then others.The Rockies and Mets joined ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

MAKING NEWSGRUDEN VS. DUNGY: THE CHOICE IS YOURSFifteen years later, Tampa Bay’s Great Sports Debate continues: Who deserves more credit for the Bucs’ Super Bowl victory, Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? With the Bucs set to induct Gruden into the Ring of H...
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