Update on the latest sports
Red Sox OF Betts steals base, joins 30-30 club
UNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts stole his 30th base of the season in the second inning against Baltimore on Wednesday, making him the second player in franchise history with 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season.
Betts singled in the Boston’s five-run first inning and nearly got picked off, but was erased on a fielder’s choice. He walked to lead off the second and stole second on the third pitch, then stood and acknowledged a cheer from the sparse crowd attending the matinee makeup of Tuesday night’s rainout.
Betts has 32 homers and entered the day leading the major leagues with a .343 batting average.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who had 32 homers and 39 steals in 2011, is the only other member of Boston’s 30-30 club.
In other baseball news:
— Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will not return next season. Toronto made the announcement before Wednesday’s game against Houston. The 56-year-old has one season left in a two-year extension he received in April 2017. Gibbons is 791-787 in 11 seasons during two stints managing Toronto, his 1,578 games second only to Cito Gaston’s 1,764. Gibbons also trails Gaston in career wins with Toronto. Gaston had 913.
—Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has offered advice and a free playoff ticket to an 8-year-old special needs girl who apparently was yelled at by another fan for loudly cheering at an Astros game. McCullers on Wednesday tweeted “Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering” and offered her a ticket for an Oct. 5 playoff game. Chloe’s mother, Monica Beaver, says her daughter has been diagnosed with a mood disorder that affects her emotions. Chloe cried after being scolded.
— Bryce Harper showed up early for what could be his final home game as a member of the Washington Nationals so he could put on his white uniform and “just cherish that moment.” The National League’s 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 MVP can become a free agent this offseason. Harper was drafted No. 1 overall by Washington at age 17 in 2010.
Patriots place Burkhead, Bentley on injured reserve
UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have placed running back Rex Burkhead on injured reserve, three days after he left the game against the Detroit Lions with a neck injury. Burkhead ran 22 times for 86 yards in the first two games of the season, and also caught three passes for 26 yards this year, his sixth NFL season.
The Patriots also placed linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley on IR. Running back Kenjon Barner and defensive end John Simon were signed to fill their spots on the roster. Also Wednesday, the Patriots signed defensive back David Jones to the practice squad and released receiver Jace Billingsley from the practice squad.
In other NFL news:
— The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive back Bashaud Breeland, adding a veteran to take Davon House’s place after the cornerback was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. A fifth-year player out of Clemson, Breeland played 60 games with 57 starts in four years with the Washington Redskins. The 5-foot-11 Breeland had 267 tackles and eight interceptions while with the Redskins. Breeland had agreed to terms on a contract with Carolina as a free agent in the offseason, but the deal fell through after he failed a physical.
—Houston Texans safety Andre Hal’s Hodgkin lymphoma is in remission. Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and immediately began treatment. He received the news of his remission on Sept. 18. He chose not to undergo chemotherapy, instead opting for a less aggressive form of treatment with hopes of returning to the field this season. Texans trainer Geoff Kaplan says there is a possibility that Hal could play this season.
— Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy expects to play at Green Bay on Sunday after missing one game with a rib cartilage injury, even though coach Sean McDermott described him as day to day. McCoy has been sidelined since Bills center Ryan Groy fell on the left side of McCoy’s chest in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 16.
— The NFL’s Super Bowl ticketing policies will be put under a microscope this week in a New Jersey courtroom. The state’s Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in the case of a man who says the league violated state consumer fraud laws for the 2014 game at MetLife Stadium. Josh Finkelman says he had to pay more than double the $800 face value because the NFL made only 1 percent of the tickets available to the public. The NFL says in court filings that its policies didn’t violate state law.
Anaheim Ducks F Corey Perry out 5 months after knee surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry is likely to be out for five months after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Ducks general manager Bob Murray says the 2011 NHL Most Valuable Player had surgery Wednesday to repair his meniscus and a knee ligament. Recovery time for the surgery is typically at least 20 weeks.
Perry scored 50 goals during his MVP season. He had 17 goals and 32 assists last year. The 33-year-old is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada. He also won the 2007 Stanley Cup title with the Ducks, his only NHL team.
In other NHL news:
— Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will be sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury. The team says the 23-year-old sprained his knee during the second period of Tuesday night’s preseason game against Buffalo. It’s a huge blow for the Blue Jackets, with Jones’ defensive line mate Zach Werenski recovering from a shoulder injury and defenseman Ryan Murray also hampered by an injury. Jones was a valuable contributor last season with 16 goals and 41 assists.
NBA rolling out plan to get more women into leadership roles
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has told teams that it will have several events in the coming months designed to help improve workplace cultures, as well as find more ways to have women in leadership roles around the league.
The NBA’s memo, sent Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press, revealed plans to hold workshops in Atlanta and Los Angeles in mid-November on diversity and inclusion efforts. An event is also planned in Charlotte, North Carolina over the All-Star break to expand “the pipeline of female talent in basketball operations roles.”
In a separate memo last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told teams that he wants to see more women hired around the league — particularly leadership and supervisory positions. And earlier this week, the league hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum.
LPGA executive Jon Podany to lead Arnold Palmer Enterprises
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The second-in-command at the LPGA Tour has been appointed the chief executive officer of Arnold Palmer Enterprises and president of charitable foundation “Arnie’s Army.”
Jon Podany spent eight years at the LPGA, most recently as chief commercial officer, where he teamed with Commissioner Mike Whan in strengthening the LPGA schedule and its media distribution.
Podany will oversee “Arnie’s Army” and all aspects of Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Palmer died two years ago.