Compiled from wire reports
Tigers hire Ausmus to replace Leyland
• The Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday, turning to a 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending American League Central champions.
Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit’s pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. Ausmus takes over a team that has reached the AL Championship Series three years in a row and should be well positioned for another big season in 2014.
Ausmus managed Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic, but he’s inexperienced as a manager compared to some other potential candidates. Ausmus played in the majors from 1993-2010.
If continuity was Detroit’s main concern, Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon might have been the choice, but the Tigers acted a bit more boldly in hiring the Dartmouth-educated Ausmus, whose name also surfaced recently in connection with the Chicago Cubs’ job.
• The Rakuten Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants 3-0 in Game 7 of the Japan Series in Sendai, Japan, to win their first championship.
Mutai, Jeptoo claim NYC Marathon titles
• Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his New York City Marathon title when the race returned after a one-year absence.
Fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women’s race, with Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba finishing runner-up for the second time in a row in her hometown event.
Fans again packed the 26.2-mile course, undaunted by the events of the past year. The 2012 NYC Marathon was canceled because of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, but not before many New Yorkers were enraged by the initial plans to hold the race.
Security was heightened after the bombings at April’s Boston Marathon. Bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park.
Mutai pulled away around Mile 22 and beat Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede by 52 seconds. On a windy morning, Mutai’s time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds was well off his course record of 2:05:06 set in nearly perfect conditions two years ago. He’s the first man to repeat in New York since Kenya’s John Kagwe in 1997-98.
Kebede, the London Marathon champ, clinched the $500,000 bonus for the World Marathon Majors title. South Africa’s Lusapho April was third.
Jeptoo trailed Deba by nearly 3½ minutes at the halfway point. But she started making her move as the race entered Manhattan and passed the Ethiopian with just more than 2 miles to go.
Jeptoo, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2013 London Marathon champ, won in 2:25:07 to earn the $500,000 bonus.
Djokovic knocks off Ferrer for Paris title
• Novak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 to win the Paris Masters for his 17th consecutive match victory and sixth title of the season. The second-seeded Serb still has a slim chance to finish the season ranked ahead of No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Djokovic improved to 11-5 against Ferrer.
• Simona Halep of Romania won the season-ending Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria, defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 for her sixth career title. The top-seeded Halep, who went unbeaten through the group stage, played with a muscle strain in her left leg but still managed to win the last five games of the third set to close out the victory.
• Italy won its fourth Fed Cup title in Cagliari, Italy, sweeping past a Russian team that was without any of its top players. Sara Errani cruised past Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-1 before Flavia Pennetta and Karin Knapp beat Margarita Gasparyan and Irina Khromacheva 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 to win in doubles.
Couples captures Schwab Cup title
• Fred Couples won the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco, and Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity. Couples closed with a 2-uunder 69 for a 6-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Peter Senior and Mark O’Meara.
• Dustin Johnson played a pivotal five-hole stretch in 5-under par, pulling away for good by pitching in for eagle on the 16th hole to win his first World Golf Championship in Shanghai. That carried him to a 6-under 66 and a 3-shot win over Ian Poulter.
— From wire reports