IN BRIEF

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BASE­BALL: Paul Moli­tor won the Amer­i­can League Man­ager of the Year award in vot­ing by mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica after his Twins be­came the first team to make the play­offs fol­low­ing a 100-loss sea­son. Moli­tor joined

Frank Robin­son as the only Hall of Fame play­ers to win man­ager of the year awards. The Di­a­mond­backs’ Torey Lovullo won the NL award. In his first full sea­son as a big-league skip­per, the D’backs reached the play­offs a year after go­ing 69-93 . ... Bobby

Doerr, the Hall of Fame sec­ond base­man dubbed the “Silent Cap­tain” of the Red Sox by long­time team­mate and friend Ted

Wil­liams, died at 99 in Junc­tion City, Ore., the team said in a state­ment. The Red Sox said Doerr had been the oldest liv­ing ma­jor-league player . ... “Jun­gle Jim” Rivera, an out­fielder on the 1959 “Go-Go” White Sox pen­nant-win­ning team, died at 96 Mon­day night in Fort Wayne, Ind.

SOC­CER: Fox Sports part­nered with a South Amer­i­can mar­ket­ing firm to make mil­lions of dol­lars in bribes to high-rank­ing soc­cer of­fi­cials in ex­change for lu­cra­tive broad­cast­ing rights to ma­jor tour­na­ments, the mar­ket­ing com­pany’s for­mer CEO tes­ti­fied at a U.S. cor­rup­tion trial in New York. Ale­jan­dro Burzaco, for­mer CEO of the firm based in Ar­gentina, tes­ti­fied that Fox and other broad­cast­ers were in­volved in a scheme to pay bribes — con­cealed us­ing off­shore side en­ti­ties and sham con­tracts — that se­cured rights for the Copa Amer­ica and other events. Last year, a Florida-based soc­cer net­work that re­peat­edly lost out on the tele­vi­sion rights to tour­na­ments made sim­i­lar bribery al­le­ga­tions against Fox in a pend­ing fed­eral law­suit. Fox Sports didn’t im­me­di­ately re­ply to a re­quest for comment . ... Chris­tian Erik­sen scored a hat trick as Den­mark qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup with an em­phatic 5-1 vic­tory over Ire­land in their play­off in Dublin . ...

We­ston McKen­nie scored in his se­nior team de­but to help the U.S. se­cure a 1-1 draw in a friendly with host Portugal. It was the first match for the U.S. since a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 that elim­i­nated it from next year’s World Cup in Rus­sia. It was also the first match un­der in­terim coach Dave Sarachan, who took over for Bruce Arena. ... U.S. Soc­cer is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of an event next sum­mer in­volv­ing teams that do not make the field for the 2018 World Cup. The idea of an ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment has been floated as sort of an “NIT” for soc­cer teams such as the United States, Italy, Chile and Ghana that won’t be play­ing in Rus­sia.

TEN­NIS: A day after the ATP Fi­nals lost Rafael Nadal to in­jury, Roger Fed­erer lifted spir­its at the O2 Arena in Lon­don by ex­tend­ing his stay to the week­end. The 19-time Grand Slam cham­pion guar­an­teed his place in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nals by de­feat­ing Alexan­der Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1.

WNBA: One of the league’s orig­i­nal fran­chises is for sale. The Lib­erty have been owned by James Dolan and Madi­son Square Gar­den since the league started play in 1997. The Lib­erty are the sec­ond WNBA fran­chise to be put up for sale in the last few months as the San An­to­nio team was bought by MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional and moved to Las Ve­gas.

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