Compiled from wire reports
Free agents include?major-league names
•?Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
•?James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the American League champion Kansas City Royals also were among players who became free.
•?Free-agent pitchers include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Top hitters include shortstop Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter Victor Martinez.
•?The Cincinnati Reds exercised pitcher Johnny Cueto’s $10 million option but declined a $9 million option on outfielder Ryan Ludwick and $4 million option on infielder Jack Hannahan.
•?Infielder Kevin Youkilis, who played parts of nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and 2007, is retiring. He was traded to the White Sox in 2012 and played an injury-shortened year with the New York Yankees before spending last season in Japan.
Andy Murray secures spot in ATP Finals
•?Andy Murray of Scotland clinched a spot in the ATP Finals by beating ninth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-3 at the Paris Masters. Murray will play top-ranked Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils next. Second-seeded Roger Federer beat French qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 and will play Milos Raonic.
•?Seventh-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat favorite Flavia Pennetta of Italy 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria.
Alexander Levy takes?lead at BMW Masters
•?France’s Alexander Levy had five straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
•?Top-ranked Inbee Park of South Korea birdied five holes for an 8-under 64 to share the lead with China’s Shanshan Feng in the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei.
•?Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg birdied his last two holes for a 7-under 65 to take a 2-shot lead after the opening round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Minnesota dismisses?guard over conduct
•?Junior basketball guard Zach Lofton, a transfer from Illinois State, was dismissed from Minnesota “for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team,” coach Richard Pitino said.
•?Ball State basketball guard Jeremiah Davis, a junior transfer from Cincinnati, will miss eight to 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his foot, coach James Whitford said.
Blue Jackets make?several roster moves
•?The Columbus Blue Jackets placed center Mark Letestu and defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve and recalled centers Sean Collins and Brian Gibbons from Springfield, Mass.
•?Austrian Matthias Brandle broke cycling’s hour record after covering 51.852 kilometers in Aigle, Switzerland. He eclipsed Jens Voigt’s Sept. 18 mark of 51.1 kilometers.
— From wire reports