BLUE JAYS TRADE MANAGER JOHN FARRELL TO RED SOX: The Boston Red Sox are hoping that two big trades will help them get back to the playoffs after missing out three years in a row.
The first was a genuine blockbuster that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and Josh Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers and freed up more than $250 million in future salaries. The second was the deal that brought John Farrell back to Fenway Park on Sunday.
The Red Sox hired Farrell to be their new manager after pursuing him for more than a year, agreeing to trade infielder Mike Aviles to the Blue Jays to pry their former pitching coach out of the manager's chair in Toronto.
"I'm extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," Farrell said in a statement released by the Red Sox. "I love this organization. It's a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us."
Farrell had been the Toronto manager the past two seasons, posting a 154-170 record with two fourth-place finishes. He had one year remaining on his contract with the Blue Jays, allowing them to demand compensation from Boston.
It's the second time the Red Sox have pursued Farrell for their managerial job, closing the deal this time by working out a rare but not unprecedented trade for an active manager. Boston will give up Aviles, who hit .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs last season, and get right-hander David Carpenter in return.
GAINEY WINS SEA ISLAND WITH COURSE-RECORD 60: Winning on the PGA Tour is what Tommy Gainey dreamed about when he held a job wrapping insulation around hot water tanks, when he was playing more mini-tours than he can remember, when he was taking part in a Golf Channel reality series where he was best known as the guy wearing two gloves.
"Two Gloves" never imagined his first win would unfold the way it did Sunday at Sea Island.
Seven shots behind going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic, Gainey came within one putt of a 59, and then had to wait more than two hours as David Toms, Jim Furyk and tournament host Davis Love III — who have combined for 49 wins, three majors and 17 Ryder Cup teams — tried to catch him.
None of them could.
Gainey broke the course record at Sea Island with a 10-under 60, which carried him to a one-shot win over Toms. He became the fourth player this year to rally from at least seven shots in the final round to win, helped by seven straight 3s on his card on the back nine.
HOPE DISAPPOINTED WITH OFFICIATING SATURDAY: Purdue coach Danny Hope wasn't pleased with the officiating. He said he thought his defense was held several times in Ohio State's final drive of regulation.
"I felt like (they) had a lot of hands on our jerseys and it made it tough to manufacture the pass rush," he said. "I felt like we should have been in position to put more pressure on their quarterback and sack their quarterback on that drive, and felt like we probably would have if we hadn't had quite so many hooks into our jerseys."
PUC TO HOST 'MEET THE COACHES' ON THURSDAY: The public is invited to "Meet the Coaches" of Purdue University Calumet’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams at 7 p.m. Thursday on campus at the Fitness & Recreation Center.
In addition to meeting Purdue Cal's coaches, attendees will learn more about plans and vision for the Peregrines’ expanding athletics program, including development of an outdoor sports complex at Dowling Park. Light refreshments will be served.
Coaches of PUC's women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s golf squads, as well as new Director of Athletics Rick Costello will be present. Purdue Calumet also plans to introduce baseball and softball squads during the 2013-14 academic year.
Due to limited seating, attendees are invited to RSVP at www.purduecal.edu/meetcoaches or phone (219) 989-2915.
IU GREAT LASKOWSKI TO PREVIEW TEAM: Former Indiana star John Laskowski (1971-75) will preview the 2012-13 Hoosiers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bullpen Luxury Bar & Grill in Schererville.
Sponsoring the event is Indiana University's Lakeshore Region Chapter. Laskowski was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. Cost is $5 per person and includes appetizers and door prizes.
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