Giants narrow manager search to 3 finalists
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have narrowed their search for a new manager to three finalists, a person with direct knowledge of the process said.
Former Phillies manager Gape Kapler, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro are the final three vying to replace Bruce Bochy, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the candidates’ names haven’t been made public. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the three finalists Wednesday.
The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after two seasons in Philadelphia and a 161-163 record. With Bryce Harper their blockbuster acquisition, the Phillies finished 81-81 for their first non-losing season since 2012.
Last week, Espada’s Astros lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals. Quatraro and the Rays beat Oakland in the AL wild card game before losing in a five-game division series to Houston.
Union unhappy with comment by Braves GM
NEW YORK — Two days into the free agent market, the players’ association already is angry at a club.
Union head Tony Clark issued a statement Wednesday in response to remarks attributed to Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos during a conference call with media.
“Every day you get more information. And we’ve had time to connect with 27 of the clubs — obviously the Astros and (Nationals) being in the World Series, they were tied up — but we had a chance to get a sense of what the other clubs are going to look to do in free agency, who might be available in trades,” Anthopoulos said, according to the union.
Baseball’s labor contract prohibits clubs from acting in concert in free agent negotiations. The union filed a collusion grievance following the 2017-18 offseason.
Beal tallies 30 for Wizards, but Pacers prevail
INDIANAPOLIS — Bradley Beal had 30 points, five rebounds and five assists, but T.J. Warren scored 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 121-106 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Doug McDermott came off the bench and scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half for the Pacers (4-4). Domantas Sabonis, who missed the last two games with a left calf contusion, had 13 points and tied his career high with 17 rebounds before fouling out with 3:20 left to play.
Thomas Bryant had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards (2-5), who have lost four of five games.
NBA approves Clippers’ plan to rest Leonard
LOS ANGELES — The NBA approved the Los Angeles Clippers’ plan to sit star Kawhi Leonard for a pair of nationally televised games because it believes the forward is not yet healthy enough to play on consecutive nights, a league spokesman said Wednesday.
Leonard did not play Oct. 30 against Utah, in a game broadcast on ESPN, and was to miss the ESPN matchup against Milwaukee on Wednesday at Staples Center. In both situations, the Clippers were scheduled to play the following night. Leonard returned to play Oct. 31, in a victory against San Antonio, just as he is expected to play Thursday against Portland.
The NBA prohibits teams from resting otherwise healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games, at risk of a fine starting at $100,000. The Clippers haven’t be fined and are compliant with that policy because they listed the reason for Leonard’s absence not as “rest,” but “load management” of a knee.
Jets’ Little hospitalized after being hit by puck
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little remained hospitalized Wednesday, a day after being struck near the ear by a puck.
Little was skating behind the net midway through the third period in a 2-1 home loss to New Jersey when teammate Nikolaj Ehlers fired a rising slap shot from the point. The puck hit Little on his left side and he fell to the ice, putting his head in his hands as blood dripped.
The Jets said Wednesday that Little was taken to St. Boniface Hospital and needed 25-30 stitches to close a cut, then was transferred to the Health Sciences Centre’s neurological unit for further observation. The team said the 31-year-old center was alert at all times and in good spirits Wednesday morning.
Death of New Mexico player postpones game
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The football game between Air Force and New Mexico scheduled for this weekend was postponed following the death of a Lobos defensive lineman.
Air Force will travel to New Mexico on Nov. 23 instead, the Mountain West said Wednesday.
New Mexico announced the death of 21-year-old Nahje Flowers on Tuesday. The university didn’t provide a cause or other circumstances. Flowers was from Los Angeles, where he played football at Dorsey High School. He had been at New Mexico since 2016.
Paralympic champ tests positive for steroid
ROME — Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Martina Caironi was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a steroid.
Italy’s anti-doping agency says Caironi failed an out-of-competition test on Oct. 17 in Bologna.
The 30-year-old Caironi won the T42 100 meters at both the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She also won a silver medal in the T42 long jump in Rio — where she was Italy’s flagbearer.
The T42 category is for single above-knee amputees and athletes with similar impairments.