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BASEBALL

Cardinals set to name
Matheny new manager

The St. Louis Cardinals are replacing a manager who’s third on the career victory list with a man who’ll be writing his first lineup card come Opening Day next April.

Mike Matheny, a former catcher with the Cardinals who had been a minor league instructor, will be introduced as Tony La Russa’s successor at a news conference today.

The 40-year-old Matheny played for St. Louis from 2000 to 2004 and won three of his four Gold Gloves. He became a team leader playing for La Russa, who retired after leading the team to his second World Series title in 16 seasons.

Matheny was one of six men the Cardinals interviewed to replace La Russa.

They also talked to Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, longtime Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo, former Boston manager Terry Francona, Triple-A manager Chris Maloney and Chicago White Sox coach Joe McEwing.

MOTOR SPORTS

Hamilton claims win
in Formula One race

Lewis Hamilton showed signs of his old self as he stormed to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel retired on the first lap.

Vettel’s Red Bull picked up a right rear puncture and spun off at Turn 2. The German driver made it back to the pits, but the damage was too great for him to continue and he retired for the first time this season.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion, took over the lead and finished 8.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for his third win of the season.

Also: Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., claimed the $7,777 Duel in the Desert winner’s check for the second straight year on the dirt track Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Phillips took the lead on lap 23 and survived a last-lap drag race with Dominic Ursetta of Arvada, Colo.

Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood, Iowa, won the 15-lap IMCA Sport Mod feature.

MISCELLANEOUS

Findlay Prep basketball
routs California squad

Winston Shepard had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to help Findlay Prep to a 103-80 home victory over Stoneridge Prep (Calif.).

Anthony Bennett added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Pilots (3-0), who also defeated Stoneridge 92-79 on Friday.

Findlay’s Amedeo Della Valle had 19 points and seven rebounds and shot 4-for-6 on 3-pointers. Christian Wood was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers and had 18 points for the Pilots, who got 10 rebounds and six blocked shots from 7-footer Matt Willms.

Marko Gujanicic had 25 points to pace Stoneridge.

Also: Roger Federer won his second straight tournament, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) for his first Paris Masters championship and 69th title of a glittering career.

The former No. 1 will end the season without a Grand Slam title for the first time since 2002, and his ranking has dropped to No. 4. But Federer has bounced back, winning the Swiss Indoors last week before arriving in Paris.

Catriona Matthew won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her fourth career LPGA Tour title, shooting 1-under 71 for a four-stroke victory in the 36-player event at Guadalajara, Mexico.

Matthew finished at 12-under 276. Anna Nordqvist and 2010 winner I.K. Kim tied for second at 280.

Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the rain-delayed Singapore Open, beating Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff. Both players finished at 14-under 199.

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