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Simone Biles from the U.S. shows her gold medal during the podium ceremony, during the all-around final at the artistic gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Simone Biles from the U.S. won gold, Kyla Ross from the U.S. won silver and Russia's Aliya Mustafina won bronze. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Reds fire manager Baker after playoff loss
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds fired Manager Dusty Baker, who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn’t get them past the first round of the playoffs.
The move came three days after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh, 6-2, on Tuesday night, ending the season with their sixth straight loss. Baker had one year left on his contract.
He took over a rebuilding team in 2008 and led it to three 90-win seasons and playoff appearances in the last four years, their best run since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine to two World Series titles in the 1970s.
Mets’ Harvey to have elbow surgery, miss 2014
NEW YORK – Mets ace Matt Harvey will have surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, an operation that will sideline him for the 2014 season.
The 24-year-old, who started the All-Star game for the National League, was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 26 but said he wanted to try to rehab the elbow and avoid surgery.
The Mets said yesterday that Dr. James Andrews will operate during October.
Yankees’ Rodriguez sues MLB, Selig
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, saying they are trying to destroy his reputation and career.
The lawsuit filed by the New York Yankees third baseman in New York State Supreme Court was made public yesterday. It seeks unspecified damages.
The suit claims Selig and Major League Baseball have tried to smear Rodriguez’ reputation to “gloss over” Selig’s past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball. The lawsuit says Selig wanted to secure his legacy as the “savior” of America’s pastime.
Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Pujols sues Clark over steroid comments
ST. LOUIS – Baseball star Albert Pujols is suing former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark for saying on his radio show that Pujols used steroids.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the lawsuit filed yesterday in St. Louis County seeks unspecified damages and asks for a declaration that Clark’s statements are false.
Clark said during his show on WGNU on Aug. 2 that he knew “for a fact” that Pujols used steroids and performance enhancing drugs. Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten were fired soon afterward.
Knee injury ends season for Browns QB Hoyer
CLEVELAND – Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will miss the rest of the season with a torn right knee ligament.
Hoyer, who began the year as Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback and led the Browns to wins in two straight starts, was injured at the end of a scramble in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 37-24 win over Buffalo. Hoyer had sparked the first-place Browns (3-2) after replacing Brandon Weeden.
Hoyer’s knee was bent awkwardly when he slid on an 11-yard run and was hit from the side by Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Bills QB Manuel out ‘few weeks’
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss “a few weeks” with a sprained ligament in his right knee.
The injury will not require surgery, Bills Coach Doug Marrone said yesterday, a day after a 37-24 loss in Cleveland.
Manuel was injured in the third quarter Thursday night when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run. Jeff Tuel, another rookie, replaced Manuel but was ineffective, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards.
Marrone said the Bills will look into acquiring another quarterback and did not rule out the possibility of that player starting Buffalo’s next game Oct. 13 at Cincinnati.
Giants G Chris Snee on injured reserve
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Veteran guard Chris Snee was placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants and is out for the rest of the season because of an injured hip.
A two-time Super Bowl winner and four-time Pro Bowler, the 10-year veteran might not need surgery, although he said “that’s likely what we’re looking at.” He had offseason surgery on his other hip.
League suspends Nets’ Kidd 2 games for DWI
NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets Coach Jason Kidd was suspended yesterday for two games for pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired.
The NBA announced Kidd will miss the first two games of the regular season. The Nets open at Cleveland on Oct. 30 and host the defending champion Miami Heat on Nov. 1.
Kidd pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after he crashed into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. If he fulfills his community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation.
U.S. keeps lead as rain disrupts Presidents Cup
DUBLIN, Ohio – Another rain delay cut short some exceptional golf yesterday in the Presidents Cup.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 30 on the front nine at Muirfield Village, an astounding performance in foursomes. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes and a 4-and-3 win for the Americans. Right behind them, Brendon de Jonge began to emerge as a star of the International team. He teamed with Ernie Els in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas.
Those were the only two of six matches that were completed. The Americans, still a point ahead, led in two matches, while the Internationals were ahead in the other two. They will be completed this morning.
Biles of U.S. wins all-around at worlds
ANTWERP, Belgium – Sixteen-year-old Simone Biles made everyone forget the United States came to the world championships without the defending and Olympic champions, edging teammate Kyla Ross to win the all-around gold medal yesterday.
Biles and Ross were close throughout the evening, with Ross matching Biles’s athleticism and power with grace and elegance, leaving it to the final floor exercise.
Defending champion Jordyn Wieber and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas skipped the event.
Ganassi signs Kanaan and switches to Chevrolet
HOUSTON – Chip Ganassi Racing changed the look of its IndyCar organization yesterday by signing Tony Kanaan and announcing a switch to Chevrolet.
Adding the Brazilian to Ganassi’s four-car stable gives the organization five of the last seven Indianapolis 500 winners. Kanaan joins Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, who have four Indy 500 wins, and Charlie Kimball.
The move to Chevrolet from Honda was not a surprise. Ganassi runs Chevrolets in NASCAR and he was very critical of current IndyCar manufacturer Honda at the start of the season.