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, a for­mer catcher who missed sig­nif­i­cant time this sea­son with a con­cus­sion, says in the ad that his de­ci­sion “came down to my health and my fam­ily.”

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.

The A’s Matt Chap­man and the Colorado Rock­ies’ Nolan Are­nado, al­ready Gold Glove win­ners for their de­fense at third base this sea­son, were each awarded a Rawl­ings Plat­inum Glove Award as the top fielder in their re­spec­tive leagues. It is the sec­ond such award for Are­nado and the first for Chap­man.

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. Women’s soc­cer: Ci­vana Kuhlmann and Carly Malatskey scored and host Stan­ford also ben­e­fited from an own goal as the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pi­ons opened NCAA tour­na­ment play with a 3-0 win over Seat­tle (10-8-3) at Ca­gan Sta­dium. The top-ranked Car­di­nal (18-0-2) ad­vance to a Fri­day home match against ei­ther Clem­son or Mis­sis­sippi.

Ash­ley Sanchez scored two goals and Jessie Flem­ing added a goal and two as­sists as host UCLA (15-3-1) pre­vailed 5-0 over San Jose State (9-7-6) in an­other NCAA tour­na­ment first-round match. NFL: Dez Bryant’s stint with the New Or­leans Saints might be over be­fore it starts as the team fears the wide re­ceiver tore his Achilles ten­don on the last play of prac­tice Fri­day, per mul­ti­ple re­ports.

Bryant, a for­mer Dal­las Cow­boys Pro Bowler, signed with the Saints on Wed­nes­day.

“Things was just start­ing to heat up for me,” Bryant wrote on Twit­ter. “I won’t ques­tion the man up­stairs ... this is the ul­ti­mate test ... thank you ev­ery­one for the prayers.” Golf: Matt Kuchar shot 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 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 on­e­stroke 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 6-un­der-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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