Cubs officially name Renteria as new manager
The Chicago Cubs have made it official and hired Rick Renteria as their new manager.
The Cubs said Renteria was given a three-year contract, with club options for 2017 and 2018.
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The 51-year-old Renteria replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after two losing seasons (127-197). He has spent the last six seasons with the San Diego Padres, most recently as their bench coach (2011-13). A former major league infielder, Renteria has also coached in the Florida Marlins organization and in March managed Mexico in the World Baseball Classic
Rangers, Perez agree to deal
The Texas Rangers and left-hander Martin Perez have agreed to a $12.5 million, four-year contract that includes three club options through 2020.
Thursday’s agreement came after Perez went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA as a rookie. He started the season on the disabled list after breaking his left forearm in a spring training game.
Canucks finally top Sharks
Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 22 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks snap a nine-game losing streak to the San Jose Sharks with a 4-2 victory.
Brad Richardson, Mike Santorelli and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who had lost all five regular-season meetings between the teams the past two seasons and were swept by San Jose in the first round of the playoffs last spring.
RSL advances to West final
Sebastian Velasquez scored his first MLS goal in the first half, Chris Schuler added the winning goal in the first overtime, and Real Salt Lake advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Sandy, Utah.
Salt Lake will face Portland in the conference final.
Oregon suspends two
Guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter were each suspended by No. 19 Oregon for the season’s first nine games for selling team apparel.
Oregon did not provide details about what the players sold. Both must donate the value of the apparel to charity.
UNC to open without Hairston, McDonald
North Carolina won’t have leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald for the No. 12 Tar Heels’ opener against Oakland on Friday due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
Authorities twice cited Hairston during the offseason while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon, raising the possibility of an improper benefits violation.
Poland, Norway announce bids for 2022 winter games
Poland wants to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games with neighboring Slovakia.
Poland’s Olympic committee says a letter confirming the bid was sent Thursday to the International Olympic Committee, a week before the deadline.
Under the plans, Poland’s historic city of Krakow would host the games along with events held across the border in Slovakia.
The Norwegian capital of Oslo announced its bid earlier Thursday. The field also includes the Ukrainian city of Lviv; Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou; and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The IOC will select the 2022 host city in 2015.
Sochi torch sent into space
A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the international space station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace.
Video streamed by the U.S. space agency NASA reported a flawless docking with the space station about six hours after the craft blasted off from Russia’s manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
• Steve Blake hit a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Lakers to a 99-98 victory over Houston and Dwight Howard.
James Harden had 35 points and Howard finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds against his former team. Howard missed seven free throws in the last 3½ minutes that could have secured the win for Houston.
• Playing only 10 holes because of rain and flooding, Tiger Woods struggled with his driver and was well off the lead in the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open that was cut short because of fading light. Woods and most of the field were unable to complete their round in Antalaya, Turkey, after the start was delayed three hours. He was at 1 under after 10 holes following a bogey on No. 9 in the next-to-last event of the European Tour season. Paul Casey was at 7 under through 14 holes.
• Defending champion Novak Djokovic joined top-ranked Rafael Nadal in ATP World Tour Finals semifinals, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro in London. Djokovic, undefeated in last year’s Finals, improved to 2-0 in Group B with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory. Roger Federer made light work of Richard Gasquet for his first round-robin win, beating the Frenchman 6-4, 6-3 to boost his chances of making the semifinals for an 11th time.
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