RED SOX GREAT BOBBY DO­ERR DIES AT AGE 99

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Bobby Do­err, the Hall of Fame sec­ond base­man dubbed the “Silent Cap­tain” of the Bos­ton Red Sox by long­time team­mate and friend Ted Wil­liams, has died. He was 99.

Do­err died on Mon­day in Junc­tion City, Ore., the Red Sox said Tues­day in a state­ment. The Red Sox said Do­err had been the old­est liv­ing ma­jor-league player.

“Bobby Do­err was part of an era of base­ball gi­ants and still stood out as one him­self,” Red Sox owner John Henry said. “And even with his Hall of Fame achieve­ments at sec­ond base, his char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity out­shined it all.”

Signed out of the old Pa­cific Coast League on the same scout­ing trip that brought Wil­liams to Fen­way Park, Do­err played 14 sea­sons with the Red Sox and joined his fish­ing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. Do­err had a .288 life­time av­er­age and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series.

The nine-time all-star of­ten for­gave his more ac­com­plished friend for his sto­ried anger and im­pa­tience.

“Ted couldn’t un­der­stand medi­ocre, see,” Do­err said on his 90th birth­day in 2008, which the gov­er­nor of Ore­gon de­clared Bobby Do­err Day. “And I was in that medi­ocre class.”

Do­err’s mod­esty was be­lied by his stats: He fin­ished with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs and once went 414 games with­out an er­ror — a record at the time. His six sea­sons with at least 100 RBIs was not matched by an­other sec­ond base­man for 25 years.

Fox Sports in­volved in bribes.

YORK» Fox Sports part­nered with NEW 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.

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.

As ev­i­dence of the scheme, pros­e­cu­tors at the trial at a fed­eral court in New York City pro­duced a 2008 agree­ment for the part­ner­ship to pay $3.7 mil­lion to a hold­ing com­pany in Turks and Caicos that was an al­leged con­duit for the bribes. They say it was signed by a for­mer Fox ex­ec­u­tive.

Moun­tain West weighs op­tions.

LARAMIE» The Moun­tain West has three years left on the TV con­tract that puts most of its mem­bers’ home foot­ball games on an ESPN chan­nel or the CBS Sports Net­work. As con­fer­ence of­fi­cials pon­der their next move, the Moun­tain West is ex­per­i­ment­ing with al­ter­na­tives to tra­di­tional broad­cast­ing and weigh­ing whether fill­ing all those late TV win­dows is worth the money its mem­bers are mak­ing.

A sched­ule loaded with late kick­offs and some weeknight games has been an an­nual source of com­plaints in the Pac-12 among fans, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Moun­tain West schools are fac­ing a sim­i­lar is­sue but with a ma­jor dif­fer­ence: The Pac-12’s tele­vi­sion con­tract with ESPN and Fox is the ma­jor source of con­fer­ence rev­enue that paid its mem­bers about $28 mil­lion apiece for fis­cal year 2016, ac­cord­ing to tax doc­u­ments.

The Moun­tain West schools are mak­ing about $1.1 mil­lion from their deals with ESPN, CBS and AT&T Sports Net. Boise State’s mem­ber­ship agree­ment gives the school an ad­di­tional $1.8 mil­lion, ap­prox­i­mately, per year.

Fed­erer, Sock win at ATP Fi­nals.

Roger Fed­erer de­feated Alexan­der Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 at the ATP Fi­nals.

Jack Sock won for the first time at the ATP Fi­nals, beat­ing Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

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