MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer. He will not be with the team for the start of spring training so he can focus on treatment and recovery.
The Twins released a statement from Ryan on Monday, describing the recent discovery of a lump in his neck by the team physician during a routine annual physical. The subsequent biopsy revealed squamous cell carcinoma.
Ryan says further tests indicated the cancer appeared to be confined to his neck and had not spread. He says he has been assured his condition is treatable and he remains optimistic about a return to good health “in the near future.”
Ryan has begun treatment at the Mayo Clinic as well as Minnesota Oncology.
Jeter: Yankees moving forward
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter says the New York Yankees have no choice but to move forward now that Alex Rodriguez has accepted his suspension for the 2014 season.
Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball on Friday, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits that were filed in an attempt to overturn his season-long ban — the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs.
Jeter spoke Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. He said he has texted with A-Rod since the lawsuits were dropped.
Rodriguez was given a 211-game ban last year by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig that was reduced to 162 plus the 2014 postseason by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. A-Rod sued MLB and the union in federal court in Manhattan, claiming the arbitration process was flawed. Rodriguez’s lawyers filed notices of dismissal in both cases.
No. 1 BC extends streak
BOSTON (AP) — Patrick Brown tipped in a shot from the point with 5 1/2 minutes to play for the tiebreaking goal and added another in the final minute, lifting Boston College to its school-record fifth straight Beanpot championship with a 4-1 win over Northeastern on Monday night.
Boston College (22-4-3) extended its unbeaten streak to 15 games (14-0-1) on the same day it took over the No. 1 spot in the national rankings.
Johnny Gaudreau, the leading scorer in the country, extended his nation-best point streak to 24 games with an empty-net goal and an assist. Kevin Hayes had the other goal for BC.
John Stevens scored for Northeastern (16-10-3), and Clay Witt made 37 saves.
The tournament pits the Boston area’s four Division I hockey programs against each other on the first two Mondays in February.
First WBCA head dies at 68
UNDATED (AP) — Betty Jaynes, the first executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, died Monday after a brief illness, the WBCA announced. She was 68.
Jaynes, who also coached at Madison College (now James Madison) from 1970-82 was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with its John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
She led the WBCA in its goal to unify coaches at all levels and helped women’s basketball develop. She became CEO of the organization in 1996. The WBCA grew from 212 members to more than 3,000 when she retired in Nov. 2001.
Jaynes was the tournament director for the 1975 AIAW Large College National Basketball Championships, which boasted the first-ever championship game sellout in the modern era of women’s basketball.