Aaron Boone Hired to Manage the Yankees
A person familiar with the decision says the New York Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager.
The decision was first reported by former New York Daily News columnist Bill Madden.
Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.
Boone’s grandfather, Ray Boone, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob Boone, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03. Aaron Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003.
Colorado closer Greg Holland has been voted NL Comeback Player of the Year and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has been selected AL Comeback Player of the Year.
Woods five shots off lead
One of the biggest cheers at the Hero World Challenge was seeing the name Tiger Woods go to the top of the leaderboard. It just didn’t stay there for long.
Woods built on a solid start in his return to golf by shooting 31 on the front nine in the Bahamas, only to stall on the back nine for a 4-under 68. By the end of the second round, he was five shots behind Charley Hoffman, who shot 63. Hoffman will take a three-shot the lead into the weekend over Jordan Spieth (67) and Tommy Fleetwood (69). Woods, playing for the first time in 10 months because of his fourth back surgery, was tied for fifth.
Fisher headed to Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher is leaving Florida State for Texas A&M, four years after leading the Seminoles to their third national title. Fisher told university President John Thrasher he was resigning to accept Texas A&M’s offer. Fisher leaves Florida State after going 83-23 in eight seasons. He will replace Kevin Sumlin, who was fired last weekend after going 51-26 in six seasons at Texas A&M.
Tennessee has named Phillip Fulmer athletic director and placed former AD John Currie on paid leave amid what has been a tumultuous and embarrassing football coaching search. ... Mississippi’s football program won’t participate in the postseason this year or in 2018 as part of the NCAA’s sanctions levied against the school in the long-running rules violation case that included a charge of lack of institutional control.
Rodgers may practice today
Aaron Rodgers’ return is a go. The Green Bay Packers’ two-time MVP quarterback, who was placed on injured reserve after breaking his right collarbone Oct. 15 against Minnesota, is on track to practice Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy said.
The Panthers will be without starting defensive end Charles Johnson for Sunday’s pivotal NFC showdown with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson, an 11-year veteran, has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert could be sidelined up to two months following surgery on his left knee. Shumpert had an arthroscopic procedure done on his knee at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. The team said he will begin rehabilitation and is expected to need six to eight weeks to recover. He has been slowed by swelling in his knee and after rest didn’t improve the condition, Shumpert decided to have the operation.
The NBA says New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been fined $25,000 in connection with his ejection from a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. ... U.S. bobsledder Ryan Bailey was banned for two years for what he contends was an inadvertent doping violation, ending the former track and field medalist’s bid to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics.