McClendon chosen to lead Mariners
• The Seattle Mariners hired Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to be their next manager. McClendon becomes the third manager hired by General Manager Jack Zduriencik. McClendon replaces Eric Wedge, who walked away at the end of the season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with the Mariners’ rebuilding process. Wedge’s contract expired after the season. McClendon was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05, compiling a 336-446 record.
• The Texas Rangers agreed to a $3.05 million, one-year contract with Geovany Soto, with the expectation for him to be their regular catcher next season. Soto was mainly a backup to A.J. Pierzynski this year, though he became the primary catcher for Rangers ace Yu Darvish the second half of the season. Soto got a raise of $300,000. Soto hit .245 with nine home runs and 22 RBI in 54 games this season, then became a free agent. He also re-signed early last offseason before the Rangers then added Pierzynski, who is now a free agent.
• The Indians activated left-hander Scott Barnes, right-hander Frank Herrmann, catcher Lou Marson and middle infielder Cord Phelps from the 60-day disabled list. The 40-man roster stands at 36.
— Sheldon Ocker
• Gary DiSarcina was named the Los Angeles Angels’ third-base coach.
North Carolina QB set to have surgery
• North Carolina senior quarterback Bryn Renner will have season-ending shoulder surgery. The team said on its official Twitter account Tuesday that the procedure on Renner’s left, non-throwing shoulder is scheduled for today at UNC Hospitals. The injury likely makes redshirt sophomore Marquise Williams the full-time starter. Williams and Renner have rotated during the past few weeks.
• Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he will remain in the coaching booth and not return to the sideline this week against Penn State. The Golden Gophers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have won three consecutive conference games, and Kill says he wants to stick with what’s working. He left the team to seek more treatment for epilepsy last month.
• Former Arizona State football coach Bob Owens died from complications from cancer on Monday. He was 77.
Owens was named the Sun Devils’ interim coach after Frank Kush was fired in 1979. He coached Arizona State the final seven games of that season before going on to become an assistant coach at UNLV.
• Arizona State Athletic Director Steve Patterson accepted the athletic director’s job at the University of Texas to succeed the retiring DeLoss Dodds.
Djokovic defeats Federer in London
• Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated six-time winner Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-2 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, improving his chances of overtaking Rafael Nadal in the race for the year-end No. 1 spot. Djokovic is trying to finish No. 1 for the third year in a row. Nadal, who eased past David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2 earlier Tuesday, needs one more win in London to be guaranteed of the top spot.
• Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been sidelined after an encounter with an enthusiastic fan. The five-time Olympic champion tore a ligament and sprained another in his left knee last weekend during a visit to Gainesville, Fla. A teenage girl ran at Lochte, who tried to catch her, but the two fell over in the process. Lochte hit his knee on a curb, while the girl was not hurt Sunday.
• Brandt Snedeker injured his left leg when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly when he hopped off a Segway in China. Snedeker was at a corporate outing at Sheshan International on Monday when he was injured.
• Kentucky Derby winner Orb has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at Claiborne Farm in central Kentucky.
• NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson awarded $470,000 to nine different schools as part of the annual grants he and his wife have given out for four years. Johnson and wife Chandra have donated more than $3.1 million through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants.
— From wire reports