GOLF: Rain stops Presidents Cup
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Another rain delay cut short some exceptional golf 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.
In the only other match completed before storms interrupted play for the second straight day, the International team of Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els beat Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas 4 and 3.
The Americans, still a point ahead, led in two matches — Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth were 3 up through 14 holes against Branden Grace and Richard Sterne, and Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were 3 up after 12 holes against Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
The Internationals were ahead in the other two — Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman were 1 up through 13 holes against Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker, and Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama were 4 up after 11 holes against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.
A-Rod sues MLB, Selig
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for what it alleges was a relentless campaign by the league and Selig to “destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez.”
The suit was filed during the first week of hearings in the grievance by the Major League Baseball Players Association to overturn the 211-game suspension of Rodriguez imposed by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The suspension stemmed from baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, headed by Anthony Bosch.
A decision on the grievance by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz is not likely for several months.
Albert Pujols also filed a lawsuit. The Los Angeles Angels slugger sued Jack Clark over comments on a local radio show accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids.
Baker fired in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — One very bad week clinched Dusty Baker’s fate. The Reds decided they weren’t going to bring him back.
Not after they ended the season with six losses in a row, including the wild-card playoff game. Not after they failed to get past the opening round of the playoffs for the third time in a row. Not with all the booing at Great American Ball Park.
Instead of keeping Baker around for one more try, the Reds fired him, parting ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn’t get them deep into the postseason.
The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, their sixth straight loss.
Mets ace out next season
NEW YORK (AP) — More than five weeks after getting the shocking diagnosis of a torn elbow ligament, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey gave in and agreed to have surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2014 season.
The 24-year-old right-hander, the National League starter in the All-Star game, had stubbornly said he could rehabilitate the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and avoid surgery. But when Harvey met with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, he agreed to be operated on this month.
Alderson said that 15 months should be sufficient for Harvey to recover from Tommy John surgery and be ready for spring training in 2015. He estimated 85 to 90 percent of pitchers recover from the operation.
Browns QB out for season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian Hoyer, the hometown quarterback who sparked his Cleveland Browns to two straight wins, will miss the rest of the season with a torn right knee ligament.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said an MRI showed that Hoyer tore the anterior cruciate ligament. He will undergo surgery, ending his feel-good story after just three starts.
Hoyer began the year as Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback. With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb, Hoyer made just his second NFL start in Week 3 and led the Browns (3-2) to victories over Minnesota and Cincinnati, throwing winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of both wins.
Hoyer was injured at the end of a scramble in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 37-24 win over Buffalo.
Buffalo QB sidelined
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee that will not require surgery but will sideline him at least two weeks and potentially longer, coach Doug Marrone said.
Manuel was injured in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 37-24 loss at Cleveland on Thursday, when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run.
Marrone said it is too early to determine an exact timetable for Manuel’s return.