U.S. FIRES KLINSMANN
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.