Red Sox hire Little as manager
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Cleveland bench coach Grady Little was hired Monday as manager of the Boston Red Sox, joining a team with new owners eager to win the franchise's first World Series title since 1918.
Little replaced interim manager Mike Cubbage , who took over when Joe Kerrigan was fired March 5.
"I do consider myself a lucky man to be able to manage in the major leagues," Little said when introduced at a midday news conference.
Little, 52, managed 16 years in the minor leagues for Baltimore, Toronto and Atlanta and was selected manager of the year four times.
Kentucky guard Gerald Fitch did not play during a first-round loss in the Southeastern Conference tournament because of a curfew violation. Following Kentucky's 70-57 loss to South Carolina on Friday, coach Tubby Smith said it was simply a coach's decision not to play Fitch, the team's most consistent player until disciplinary problems kept him out of three late-season games.
It would take a surprise, last-round knockout to keep Mike Tyson from getting a boxing license in Washington. The judges' scorecards are already well in his favor going into today's public hearing. While there's sure to be plenty of passion on both sides, the hearing by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission is approaching mere formality.
George Dyer , in his eighth season as a Denver Broncos assistant, was made assistant head coach yesterday. To replace Dyer, the Broncos hired Jacob Burney as defensive line coach. In addition, Keith Millard has been hired as assistant defensive line coach-pass rush specialist.
Dr. Gary L. Alt, wildlife biologist and supervisor of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Section, will be a guest on Pennsylvania Cable Network's live call-in program, Thursday at 7 p.m. As head of the Game Commission's Deer Management Section, Dr. Alt is charged with improving the balance of the state's deer population to improve plant and wildlife diversity in forests, balancing buck to doe ratios, creating healthier and bigger deer and reducing deer property and crop damages.
Pitt signed three non-scholarship walk-ons to play women's soccer. Included are defender Shannon Strayer , who helped Upper St. Clair to four consecutive WPIAL section titles, and forward/midfielder Rachel Petersen of Johnstown Westmont Hilltop. The other signee is forward Jennifer DeLalroz of Amawalk, N.Y.
Lleyton Hewitt , ranked No. 1 in the world, opened the Pacific Life Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Carlos Moya yesterday, while two more high seeds in the women's competition — Justine Henin and Meghann Shaughnessy — lost their fourth-round matches.
Geneva College signed outside hitter Heather March of Anchorage, Alaska, to a letter of intent and announced that Laura Trieschman , a graduate of Beaver Area, is transferring from Cypress (Calif.) College. The 5-foot-7 March was part of two state tournament qualifying teams in high school. Trieschman, a 5-7 setter/outside hitter, helped Beaver to the WPIAL semifinals and a state playoff appearance in her senior season.