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Sports news briefs — Oct. 17

Compiled from wire reports


Ryan retires as CEO of Texas Rangers

• Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping down as CEO role 20 years after ending his hall of fame career as a pitcher.

In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. He is also selling his stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson.

“It closes a chapter of my life in baseball,” Ryan said. “I feel like it’s time for me to move on to other things. It’s been a decision that weighed on my heavily, but I feel like it’s the right decision. ... At this point and time, it’s the correct thing for me to do.”

Asked about the difference in the team announcing that he was retiring and him calling it a resignation, the 66-year-old Ryan paused and then said he wouldn’t be the CEO of another major league team and called this perhaps the “final chapter” of his storied career in baseball.

Ryan’s older son, Reid Ryan, was named president of the Houston Astros earlier this year. Nolan Ryan dismissed any speculation that he’s leaving the Rangers to join his son and another of the teams he pitched for and worked for in the past.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed outfielder Mike Baxter from the New York Mets and designated outfielder Alex Castellanos for assignment. Baxter hit .229 while playing at all three outfield positions as well as first base in 194 games with San Diego (2010) and the Mets (2011-13). Castellanos played eight games for the Dodgers this season, hitting .171.

auto racing

NASCAR suspends Almirola crew chief

• NASCAR indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy. NASCAR announced its decision Thursday against Parrott, who works for Richard Petty Motorsports. The substance was not identified. Sammy Johns, RPM’s vice president of operations and competition, will handle crew chief duties for the No. 43 Ford indefinitely.

• Elliott Sadler will replace Brian Vickers, sidelined for the remainder of the year with a blood clot in his right leg, for the final four Sprint Cup Series races of the season at Michael Waltrip Racing.

• Andretti Autosport re-signed Marco Andretti to drive the No. 25 next season with sponsorship from Dr Pepper Snapple Group.


Louisville suspends starting forward

• Louisville starting power forward Chane Behanan was suspended indefinitely by the university for violating school policy. Coach Rick Pitino didn’t specify what the violation was but said Behanan violated a team rule. The coach said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Behanan, who played a key role in the Cardinals’ NCAA championship run last season, could possibly return in December.

• Notre Dame 6-foot-10 forward Zach Auguste is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand he suffered last week. Auguste played in 25 games last season as a freshman, averaging 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.7 minutes a game.


Henry captures lead in Vegas with 60

• J.J. Henry made a 50-foot eagle putt from the fringe on his final hole for an 11-under 60 and a 1-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Henry had nine birdies at TPC Summerlin in the lowest round of his career. Argentina’s Andres Romero was second. He had two eagles in a 61.

• Needing a victory to retain his European Tour card, Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot a 4-under 68 for a share of the first-round lead in the Perth International in Perth Australia. South Korea’s Jin Jeong and Australians James Nitties and Clint Rice also shot 68 in the event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia.

— From wire reports


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