Team turmoil aside, Ortiz says
he wants to stay with Red Sox
David Ortiz would prefer to remain with the Boston Red Sox.
Following an unprecedented September collapse, manager Terry Francona left, general manager Theo Epstein is on the verge of quitting to take a job with the Cubs, and the team is in turmoil after media reports that pitchers drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse during games.
But Ortiz didn’t have anything to say about the clubhouse turmoil after receiving baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award in St. Louis on Thursday.
Ortiz, eligible for free agency after the World Series, hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBIs. He said given the turmoil, it’s too early to start talking contract with Boston. But he wants to stay.
Also: Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Warren Spahn Award, given annually to baseball’s top left-handed pitcher.
Kershaw was selected after finishing first this season among lefties in each of the categories included in the formula that determines the winner. He had 21 wins, 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA.
Nervous Tseng shares lead
in LPGA Taiwan Championship
Top-ranked Yani Tseng opened her home event with a 4-under-par 68 in front of a large gallery to join Japan’s Ai Miyazato atop the leaderboard in the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yangmei.
“I saw so many fans on the first hole, and I was nervous. I asked my caddie, ‘What should I do?’ ” the 22-year-old Tseng said. “I told myself to relax. … I am enjoying it.”
Americans Jennifer Song and Morgan Pressel and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist opened with 69s.
Also: Ross McGowan shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti and fellow Englishman Richard McEvoy after the opening round of the Castello Masters in Catellon, Spain.
Funeral services for IndyCar
racer Wheldon set for Saturday
Funeral services for two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will be Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In a statement released by IndyCar, Wheldon’s widow, Susie, thanked fans for the “outpouring of sympathy and condolences” and invited the public to attend the service. “I know that Dan would have wanted the community to share in the celebration of his life and to grieve his passing,” Susie Wheldon said.
IndyCar also will have a public memorial service Sunday afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Also: The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is urging the panel to hold hearings on antitrust and other issues in college sports, including the series of conference realignments.
“The combination of issues and challenges facing intercollegiate sports have reached a tipping point calling for congressional attention,” Michigan Rep. John Conyers wrote to the committee chairman, Texas Republican Lamar Smith. The committee said in a statement it is reviewing the request.
Nick Foles threw for 291 yards, including first-half touchdown passes of 4, 7 and 25 yards to Canyon Springs High School product Juron Criner, helping Arizona overwhelm UCLA 48-12 in Tucson, Ariz., in the Wildcats’ first game under interim coach Tim Kish.
With nine days off since coach Mike Stoops was fired, Arizona (2-5, 1-4 Pac-12) ran for 254 of its season-high 573 yards, and Taimi Tutogi ran for two TDs.
UCLA (3-4, 2-2) ran for 37 yards on 25 carries against a team that had given up an average of 196 yards rushing per game.
The WBC returned the light heavyweight championship to Bernard Hopkins after declaring his bout with Chad Dawson a technical draw.
Hopkins was stopped for the first time Saturday in bizarre fashion when Dawson lifted him and tossed him to the canvas late in the second round, leaving the 46-year-old champion with a dislocated joint in his shoulder. Dawson claimed the WBC light heavyweight title from Hopkins on a second-round technical knockout in Los Angeles.
The WBC reviewed video of the fight and unanimously declared that the action reflects a clear intentional lifting the body followed with a push by Dawson to Hopkins that made him fall on his left side with part of his body out of the ropes.
All five of UNLV’s remaining singles entries and one of two doubles teams were eliminated on the second day of the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional men’s championships at Darling Tennis Center.
The only Rebels still alive in the event’s main draw are the fourth-seeded doubles team of Alex Bull and Rene Ruegamer, which won its second-round match over Idaho’s Abid Akbar and Jose Bendeck, 8-6.
In singles play, Ruegamer, Tamas Batyi and Bull won their second-round matches before being eliminated.
The tournament, with more than 100 players, runs through Sunday.