MLB: Dodgers to raise prices next year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s going to cost more to attend Los Angeles Dodgers games in 2014.
The team announced that ticket prices are increasing in many sections of Dodger Stadium for the first time in two years.
Last month, the team surpassed 3 million in attendance, the first major league club to do so this season.
• SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have promoted Trevor Hoffman to upper level pitching coordinator and special assistant to general manager Josh Byrnes.
Hoffman, the former star closer, will evaluate and help coordinate all pitchers at Double-A, Triple-A and the big league team.
Hoffman had been a special assistant to the president and CEO the last three years following his retirement in January 2011.
Vols DL out against Oregon
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday’s game against No. 2 Oregon while the university investigates allegations he was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits.
Jones told the Associated Press via text message that it was Tennessee’s compliance department that ruled the 6-foot-2, 304-pound Couch ineligible.
Broncos’ Fox defends Miller
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach John Fox came to Von Miller’s defense 24 hours after publicly expressing frustration in his suspended star over multiple traffic transgressions.
Fox said the team is helping Miller stay out of trouble any way it can, and he pointed out that the All-Pro linebacker’s infractions were nothing more serious than traffic citations.
Miller was arrested when he tried to purchase a weapon last month and a routine background check revealed an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic charges from last year.
He also was pulled over near his suburban Denver home last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
• ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Frank Tripucka was the first quarterback for the Broncos and the original No. 18 in Denver.
His number was retired until 2012 when he gladly and graciously allowed Peyton Manning to wear it.
Tripucka died at his home in Woodland Park, N.J., at age 85. His son, Kelly Tripucka, a former NBA star, said his father died of congestive heart failure.
A former standout at Notre Dame, Frank Tripucka played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Texans. He was brought in as a coach before the 1960 season, but it became obvious he was Denver’s best option at QB.
Tripucka threw for 3,038 yards and 24 touchdowns that season.
U.S. moves to 13th in FIFA
ZURICH (AP) — The United States climbed to 13th in the FIFA rankings, its highest position since July 2010.
The Americans rose six places in the September rankings announced Thursday, which include Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Mexico that clinched the seventh straight World Cup berth for the U.S. The Americans had dropped to as low as 36th in July and August in 2012.