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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi on Friday after the team’s terrible start.

He is the first major league manager to lose his job this season.

Philadelphia said bench coach Rob Thomson is the team’s interim manager for the remainder of the season.

The Phillies, expected to be in contention for an NL East title, went 22-29 and 12 games behind the New York Mets in first place on Friday.

Girardi started 2020 as the Phillies’ manager, having previously managed the New York Yankees for 10 years. He finished 132-141 with Philadelphia.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the season with an all-time high of $310.6 million in luxury tax payrolls and are on track to pay a record nearly $47 million in taxes, the authorities said compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained from The Associated Press.

Five teams surpassed the $230 million mark on opening day, which, if left unchanged through the end of the season, would be just below most in 2016. Rounding out the top five were the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres, the only team other than the Dodgers to pay taxes last year.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles promoted Eve Rosenbaum to assistant general manager.

The Orioles announced this on Friday. Rosenbaum will oversee Major League roster management, transactions, financial planning, and operations and administration. It will continue to play a role in player evaluation and acquisition.

Rosenbaum joined the organization in November 2019 and has served as the club’s director of baseball development ever since. Before joining the Orioles, Rosenbaum spent five seasons organizing with the Houston Astros.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Seven-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack is retiring after 13 years in the NFL, leaving a big hole down the middle of the offensive line for the San Francisco 49ers.

Mack, 36, announced his retirement on Friday, a move the Niners had been preparing for this offseason.

Mack started in every game in 11 of his 13 seasons, missing just 11 games with the Browns in 2014 and two in 2020 with the Falcons. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team of the 2010s.

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring, he confirmed to The Associated Press in a text message Friday, ending a career that spanned 17 seasons and nine teams and made him one of the NFL’s most colorful and beloved journeymen .

It was a career of endurance in which Fitzpatrick was never content to be a backup.

The last station of the 39-year-old Fitzpatrick was in Washington. Named a starter prior to last season, he suffered a hip injury in the team’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and never returned to the field.

Fitzpatrick finished with a 59-87-1 record as a starter in a career that began in 2005 with St. Louis, with other stints in Cincinnati, Tennessee, Houston and Tampa Bay. Fitzpatrick ranks 32nd on the career list with 34,990 yards, 36th with 223 touchdown passes, and 49th with 169 interceptions.


NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of endurance, sportsmanship and dedication.

The league announces Price as the winner of the Masterton Friday night before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Tampa Bay and New York.

Price did not play between Game 5 of the 2021 Finals in July and April, with two weeks remaining in the 2021-22 regular season. After undergoing knee surgery last summer, he joined the NHL/NHL Players’ Association joint player assistance program in October and shortly thereafter said it was to help him deal with a substance abuse problem he was developing.

Despite Montreal nearing the bottom of the league table, Price worked his way back and made his season debut on April 15. He played five games, losing his first four before making 37 saves in Montreal’s 10-2 season finale win.


PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal advanced to last Friday’s French Open after Alexander Zverev fell during a point, injuring his right ankle and stopping play.

A little over 3 hours into the game, Zverev ran to the right to chase a ball when he fell. He immediately grabbed his lower right leg and cried out in pain. A coach came out to tend to him and Nadal walked around the net to check on Zverev as well. Zverev was taken off the court in a wheelchair.

Nadal won the first set 7: 6 (8). The second set also went into the tiebreak when Zverev fell to the ground.

Nadal meets Casper Ruud, who became the first Norwegian to reach a Grand Slam singles final by defeating 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2.

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena and Venus Williams did not appear on the entry list for the women’s singles released Friday from Wimbledon.

It is possible for any player to apply for a wildcard invitation to the Grand Slam tournament that starts on June 27th.

Serena Williams has won seven of her 23 major singles championships from the Open era at the All England Club, most recently in 2016. The 40-year-old American was runner-up there in 2018 and 2019 and has not competed anywhere since injuring her right leg and being forced into her a year ago Stop playing first round game.

Venus Williams is a five-time singles champion at Wimbledon and has a total of seven major singles trophies. Their last match on tour was in Chicago last August. In two weeks she will be 42.


SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — Danielle Kang announced Friday that she played the first two rounds of the US Women’s Open with a tumor on her spine.

Kang, 29, who is number 12 in the world, said she found out about the diagnosis “a few weeks ago” and underwent several tests, but it was not yet clear whether the tumor was malignant or benign. She said doctors are also working to determine if the tumor is the cause of her back pain or a contributing factor.

She plans to do more testing next week and isn’t sure how much playing time she’ll miss.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona basketball coach Tommy Lloyd will receive a $1 million pay rise next season as part of a proposed five-year contract extension through 2027 after a successful first season in the desert.

The extension must be approved by the Arizona Board of Regents next Thursday.

The new contract would increase Lloyd’s base salary from $1.9 million to $2.9 million in 2022-23. After that, he gets $100,000 worth of escalators every year.

Lloyd will continue to receive $700,000 per year in additional mandatory compensation.


CHICAGO (AP) — Will Wilson is quitting as CEO of the US Soccer Association ahead of the World Cup and making the surprising decision to quit the job after just 2 1/2 years.

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s uncle Wilson said Friday he will be leaving on Oct. 31, three weeks before the Americans open the tournament in Qatar against either Ukraine or Wales.

Wilson, now 54, began work on March 30, 2020, succeeding Dan Flynn, who held the job from June 2000 to September 2019.


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