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.