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NBA

Rockets’ Harden fined for flopping

NEW YORK – Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.

Harden was cited on Saturday during the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 107-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, spurring the fine.

A first violation earns a warning.

Tennis

Djokovic beats Nadal to win ATP Finals

LONDON – Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-4, to win the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday, extending his winning streak to 22 matches and claiming the season-ending title for the third time.

Nadal hit only nine winners and was broken three times.

David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco defeated top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-7, to win the doubles title.

NFL

MRI shows no new damage to Manning’s ankle

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The MRI determined the hit caused no further damage to Peyton Manning’s tender right ankle.

Now, Manning and the Broncos are curious what the NFL thinks of that hit.

Interim Coach Jack Del Rio said the Broncos have sent replays to the league offices of Corey Liuget’s dive at Manning’s ankles in the closing minutes of Denver’s 28-20 win over San Diego.

“In the rules, there are certain areas you can hit and certain areas that are supposed to be protected,” Del Rio said yesterday. “And we thought that got into an area that was supposed to be protected.”

An MRI yesterday showed no further damage to the ankle, which was heavily taped throughout the Chargers game. Del Rio said Manning would play next Sunday in Denver’s AFC West showdown against Kansas City. The quarterback’s practice schedule will be determined later in the week.

Baseball

Twins: Mauer moving from catcher to first

MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Mauer will be moving from catcher to first base on a full-time basis for the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins announced the switch yesterday for the 30-year-old Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the season recovering from a concussion. The Twins said they consulted with Mayo Clinic doctors and team physicians, and Mauer and the organization agreed the move was in the best interest of his long-term health given the inherent injury risks behind the plate.

The 2009 AL MVP won the Silver Slugger award for American League catchers this year by batting .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 113 games.

Baseball

Braves to build stadium that opens in 2017

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017.

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said yesterday that the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July.

The infrastructure at Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before being converted to a baseball park that opened in 1997.

The stadium will be part of a 60-acre development near Cobb Galleria mall.

Baseball

Mattingly to manage Dodgers next season

LOS ANGELES – Don Mattingly will return as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season, along with most of his coaching staff.

Tim Wallach was named the new bench coach yesterday, moving over from third base to replace Trey Hillman, who was fired last month. Lorenzo Bundy, who was managing at Triple A-Albuquerque, joins the team to take Wallach’s spot.

Mattingly returns for his fourth season with General Manager Ned Colletti making no announcement about a possible contract extension. Mattingly’s option worth $1.4 million vested with the team’s first-round playoff victory over Atlanta. He is 260-225 at the helm, guiding the Dodgers to the NL Championship Series, where they lost to St. Louis in six games last month.

The rest of the coaching staff remains: Chuck Crim, bullpen coach; Rick Honeycutt, pitching coach; Davey Lopes, first base coach; Mark McGwire, hitting coach; Ken Howell, assistant pitching coach; John Valentin, assistant hitting coach; Manny Mota, coach; Steve Yeager, coach.

Soccer

Revs goalkeeper Reis has quadriceps surgery

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is recovering from surgery on his left quadriceps yesterday.

The team said he will need five to seven months to rehabilitate the injury.

The 38-year-old Reis tore the tendon in the final minutes of the team’s playoff game against Sporting Kansas City on Nov. 6. The Revolution lost, 3-1, to drop the series 4-3 on aggregate goals.

Reis appeared in 12 regular-season matches this season, going 7-0-4 with a career-best 0.72 goals-against average. He is the first goalkeeper in MLS history to go undefeated after making 10 or more appearances in a season.

Soccer

Messi out 6-8 weeks with another leg injury

BARCELONA, Spain – Barcelona says Lionel Messi will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of his third leg injury of the season.

The Argentina forward hurt his left leg in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory at Real Betis on Sunday, and medical exams yesterday showed he’ll be out up to two months.

Messi has been plagued by nagging muscle problems since the end of last season.

Olympics

Stockholm submits bid for 2022 Winter Games

STOCKHOLM – Stockholm is bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Swedish Olympic Committee says it submitted the bid yesterday to the International Olympic Committee. Stockholm hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics.

Under its 2022 bid plans, the Alpine events would be held in the northern Swedish ski resort of Are.

Thursday is the deadline to submit bids to the IOC.

Stockholm joins another Scandinavian capital – Oslo, Norway – in the 2022 race. Other declared candidates are Lviv, Ukraine; Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and a joint bid from Krakow, Poland, and Jasna, Slovakia.

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