NEW YORK (AP) – John Lannan didn’t do badly as Stephen Strasburg’s stand-in last night. In his first start since the Washington Nationals shut down Strasburg for the year, Lannan and four-relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout for the Nats’ 89th victory, 2-0 over the New York Mets.
NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun is retiring and plans to announce his decision today. The 70-year-old Calhoun led the UConn program from obscurity to three national championships, but has struggled recently with health issues.
NEW YORK (AP) – The 2013 Major League Baseball schedule is out and because there will be 15 teams in both the American and National Leagues next season, there will be at least one interleague game virtually every night. It all starts on April Fool’s Day when the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s oldest franchise, plays the L.A. Angels of the American League in the Reds’ first opener against an interleague foe.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets signed free-agent forward Andray Blatche (blatch) after he was waived by Washington in July after the Wizards designated him as the team’s amnesty player. The 6-foot-11 Blatche averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 26 games last season, but missed the final 40 games because of a calf injury and his tenure in Washington was pock-marked with off-court problems.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Manny Pacquiao (PAK’-ee-ow) will return to the ring Dec. 8, almost surely in a fourth fight against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This would Pacquiao’s first bout since he lost a hotly disputed decision to Timothy Bradley on June 9.