Astros probe widens

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Ma­jor League Base­ball has widened its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of al­leged sign steal­ing by the Astros and will probe ac­tiv­ity by the team over the last three sea­sons.

Af­ter the con­clu­sion of own­ers meet­ings Thurs­day in Arlington, Texas, Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said MLB will “in­ves­ti­gate the Astros sit­u­a­tion as thor­oughly as hu­manly pos­si­ble.” The probe in­cludes the team’s firing of an as­sis­tant GM dur­ing the World Se­ries for club­house com­ments di­rected at fe­male re­porters, be­hav­ior the club at first ac­cused Sports Il­lus­trated of fab­ri­cat­ing.

“That in­ves­ti­ga­tion is go­ing to en­com­pass not only what we know about ’17, but also ’18 and ’19,” Man­fred said. “To the ex­tent we are talk­ing to peo­ple all over the in­dus­try, for­mer em­ploy­ees, com­peti­tors, what­ever. (If ) we find other leads, we’re go­ing to fol­low these leads.”

Man­fred has said for now the Astros are the only team be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for cheat­ing al­le­ga­tions.

A’s pitcher Mike Fiers told The Ath­letic last week that while he was play­ing with the Astros dur­ing their 2017 World Se­ries cham­pi­onship sea­son the team stole signs dur­ing home games by us­ing a cam­era po­si­tioned in cen­ter field. Dur­ing this year’s play­offs, Astros play­ers were sus­pected of whistling in the dugout to com­mu­ni­cate pitch se­lec­tion to bat­ters.

■ The White Sox and free-agent All-Star C Yas­mani Gran­dal, 31, agreed to a four-year, $73 mil­lion con­tract. It’s the big­gest con­tract in White Sox his­tory.

Col­lege bas­ket­ball: Michi­gan State coach Tom Izzo abruptly re­signed from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Bas­ket­ball Coaches board of di­rec­tors af­ter nearly 18 years of ser­vice, an­gered af­ter the NCAA de­nied an ap­peal from F Joey Hauser to play this sea­son. Izzo said the de­ci­sion led him to re­sign be­cause he be­lieves the NCAA is mak­ing “ar­bi­trary de­ci­sions” re­gard­ing waiver re­quests. Hauser trans­ferred from Mar­quette in May and re­quested a waiver to be el­i­gi­ble im­me­di­ately . ... Mac McClung scored 19 points to lead Ge­orge­town to an 82-66 win over No. 22 Texas in the 2K Em­pire Clas­sic at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York. The Hoyas (4-1) used a 12-0 run early in the se­cond half to take con­trol. Matt Cole­man was 6 of 6 on 3-point­ers and scored 22 points for the Longhorns (4-1) . ... F Kerry Black­s­hear Jr. was ejected from Florida’s 70-62 win over Saint Joseph’s at the Charleston (S.C.) Clas­sic. The se­nior trans­fer from Vir­ginia Tech el­bowed the Hawks’ Tay­lor Funk in the face early in the se­cond half.

Golf: Webb Simp­son shot an open­ing-round 7-un­der 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the PGA Tour’s sea­son-end­ing RSM Clas­sic in St. Si­mons Is­land, Ga . ... Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France shot an open­ing-round 9-un­der 63 to take a one-stroke lead over world No. 2 Rory McIl­roy of North­ern Ire­land at the Euro­pean Tour’s sea­son-end­ing World Tour Cham­pi­onship in Dubai, UAE . ... Sei Young Kim of South Korea shot an open­ing-round 7-un­der 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the LPGA Tour’s sea­son-end­ing Globe Tour Cham­pi­onship in Naples, Fla.

Ten­nis: Canada beat Aus­tralia 2-1 to ad­vance to the Davis Cup semi­fi­nals. Canada will face ei­ther Ser­bia or Rus­sia.

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