Twins’ Mauer says he’s re­tir­ing af­ter 15 sea­sons

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Min­nesota Twins first base­man Joe Mauer is re­tir­ing af­ter 15 sea­sons.

The Twins re­leased a re­tire­ment state­ment Fri­day from Mauer that will run Sun­day in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. Mauer, who missed sig­nif­i­cant time this sea­son with a con­cus­sion, says in the ad that his de­ci­sion “came down to my health and my fam­ily.”

“Thank you, Min­nesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for mak­ing my ca­reer as spe­cial and mem­o­rable as it was,” Mauer writes. “Be­cause of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grate­ful heart.”

Mauer, a for­mer catcher, is 35 and his eight-year, $184 mil­lion con­tract ex­pired af­ter last sea­son.

In his 15 ma­jor-league sea­sons, Mauer ap­peared in six All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves, three bat­ting ti­tles and racked up 2,123 hits, all with his home­town Twins.

⏩ J.P. Ric­cia­rdi is leav­ing the New York Mets af­ter eight

sea­sons in their front of­fice.

Ric­cia­rdi, 59, worked for the A’s from 1986 through 2001, in­clud­ing 12 years when Sandy Alder­son was the club’s gen­eral man­ager, and was gen­eral man­ager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001 through ’09.

Ric­cia­rdi was hired as a spe­cial as­sis­tant to Alder­son, then the Mets’ gen­eral man­ager, in No­vem­ber 2010 and had been part of the trio run­ning the team’s base­ball op­er­a­tions af­ter Alder­son took a leave in July fol­low­ing a re­cur­rence of cancer. New York hired Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen to suc­ceed Alder­son as gen­eral man­ager.

NFL: Dez Bryant’s ten­ure with the Saints might be short-lived. In just his sec­ond prac­tice with New Or­leans, the newly ac­quired wide re­ceiver in­di­cated

in so­cial-me­dia posts that he has had a sig­nif­i­cant set­back.

The team’s in­jury re­port listed the for­mer Dal­las re­ceiver as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game in Cincin­nati with an an­kle in­jury, but a source said the team is still await­ing the re­sults of a doc­tor’s ex­am­i­na­tion of Bryant.

Golf: Matt Kuchar had a 7un­der-par 64 to build a twoshot lead at 14-un­der 128 over rookie Cameron Champ (62) half­way through the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic in Playa del Car­men, Mex­ico.

Jor­dan Spi­eth missed the cut in his fi­nal event of the year.

⏩ Ser­gio Gar­cia’s 1-un­der 71 moved him to 9-un­der 135 over­all, but his four-shot lead af­ter the first round is down to one af­ter Louis Oosthuizen’s sec­ond-round charge of 67 at the Euro­pean Tour’s Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in Sun City, South Africa.

Rory McIl­roy, who is still in the run­ning to win the Race to Dubai and end the sea­son as Euro­pean No. 1, is tied for 19th af­ter a 71.

⏩ Paul Goy­dos birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-un­der 65 and a one-stroke lead at 14-un­der 128 over Scott McCar­ron (64) in the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ sea­son-end­ing Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship in Phoenix.

⏩ Gaby Lopez cel­e­brated her 25th birth­day with a hole-in­one that helped her to a 6un­der-66 and a one-stroke lead at over Ariya Ju­tanu­garn af­ter the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA tour­na­ment at Hainan Is­land, China.

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