San Francisco Chronicle

Astros hire Brown as general manager


Dana Brown was hired by the Houston Astros as general manager, replacing James Click, who was not given a new contract and parted ways with the team just days after it won the World Series. Brown spent the past four seasons as the vice president of scouting for the Atlanta Braves. Brown, 55, becomes the only Black general manager in the majors.

Golf: Sam Ryder extended his lead to three shots in the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under-par 68 in challengin­g wind in the second round on Torrey Pines' South Course in San Diego while Jon Rahm had an eagle and three straight birdies late in his 5-under 67 on the easier North Course to get under the cut line. Brendan Steele, who shot a 70 on the South Course, is in second, with Tano Goya two more shots back after a 67 on the North Course.

• The European tour's Dubai Desert Classic got off to a wet start with only 11 players managing to finish their weather-affected first rounds. Thomas Pieters was leading on 5-under, though he also had three holes to play. Three English players — Matthew Jordan, Daniel Gavins and Oliver Wilson — held the clubhouse lead after shooting rounds of 4-under 68.

NHL: Victor Hedman scored the go-ahead goal with 6:31 remaining and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a team record with their 11th straight home victory by defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 . ... Alex Ovechkin scored his 32nd goal of the season, Nicklas Backstrom had the shootout winner and the host Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 . ... Robby Fabbri scored at 2:36 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the host Montreal Canadiens.

College basketball: Lou Lopez Senechal scored 26 points and Aaliyah Edwards added 25 to lead No. 5 Connecticu­t to a 84-67 victory over host Tennessee . ... Sonia Citron scored 19 points and No. 7 Notre Dame cruised past No. 24 Florida State 70-47. ... Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 home victory over No. 13 Michigan.

• Johnell Davis scored 25 points as men's No. 21 Florida Atlantic won its school-record 19th straight game, beating visiting Middle Tennessee 85-67.

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