Pro basketball

Lynx assistant Wade hired as Sky coach: Lynx assistant James Wade has been hired to coach the Sky.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed the move on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

Wade replaces Amber Stocks, who was let go after compiling a 25-43 record in two seasons with Chicago. The Sky didn't make the playoffs either year.

Wade also has coached overseas in Europe and is married to former WNBA player Edwige Lawson-Wade. He played professionally overseas in Europe from 2001-2013.

Chicago announced it will have a press conference on Tuesday to reveal its new coach.

Pro baseball

Twins' Joe Mauer retiring after 15 seasons: Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins.

"Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was," Mauer wrote in a full-page ad that will run Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart."

Mauer's eight-year, $184 million contract expired the day after the World Series ended, creating a natural parting from the game he grew up with in St. Paul, less than 10 miles from the downtown Minneapolis ballparks he called home with the Twins.

Auto racing

Harvick shakes off cheating scandal to win pole at Phoenix: The cheating scandal that knocked Kevin Harvick out of NASCAR's championship round didn't slow him a bit at one of his favorite race tracks.

Harvick won the pole for Sunday's final qualifying race for the championship finale with a strong run that briefly overshadowed the controversy his Stewart-Haas Racing team created with an illegal part.

Harvick turned a lap at 139.340 mph Friday around ISM Raceway outside Phoenix to put himself in position to requalify for the championship. His winning car from last week was found to have an illegal spoiler and the punishment cost him his automatic berth into the final four.

Pro soccer

French federation opens discrimination case against PSG: The French league of human rights filed a discrimination lawsuit against Paris Saint-Germain and the French soccer federation said Friday its ethics council will look into reports that the club's scouts illegally profiled the ethnic origins of potential young recruits.

The federation said its ethics council could ask the French league's disciplinary commission to step in when its investigation is over.

PSG acknowledged on Thursday that forms with "illegal content were used between 2013 and 2018." But it declined responsibility for implementing the policy after the Mediapart news website reported that up until this year, scouts were asked by PSG to mention the origin of possible recruits according to four categories: "Francais" (French), "Maghrebin" (North African), "Antillais" (West Indian), and "Afrique noire" (Black African).

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