Seattle hires McClendon as its new manager
SEATTLE — Llyod McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from.
McClendon becomes the third manager hired by general manager Jack Zduriencik. Wedge quit at the end of the Mariners' fourth straight losing season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team. Wedge's contract expired after the season.
The 54-year-old McClendon is the 16th full-time manager in club history. He takes over a club that went 71-91 last year. He will be formally introduced by the team on Thursday.
McClendon was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05, going 336-446 during the Pirates' 20-year stretch of losing seasons. Pittsburgh never won more than 75 games or finished higher than fourth in the NL Central during his tenure and he was fired in early September of the 2005 season.
Packers QB Rodgers has fractured left collarbone
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he has a fractured left collarbone and has no idea yet how long he will be out.
The 2011 NFL MVP offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN. He got hurt after getting sacked by the Bears' Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers' first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder.
In steps Seneca Wallace, who wasn't even in Packers training camp this offseason, to take over the offense when the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Wallace was signed before the week of the season opener after Green Bay jettisoned three other backup candidates.
Wallace was ineffective in relief in the 27-20 loss against the Bears, finishing 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an interception
Former Bucks star Redd to retire in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — Michael Redd, the former All-Star guard and fourth-leading scorer in Bucks history, will retire in Milwaukee today.
The team announced Redd's decision Tuesday and said he will make a formal announcement when Milwaukee hosts Cleveland.
Redd was a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2000, and he played 11 of his 12 seasons in Milwaukee. Two separate injuries to his left knee cost him large chunks of three straight seasons with the Bucks and he last played for Phoenix in 2011-12.
Djokovic downs Federer in three sets at ATP Finals
LONDON — Novak Djokovic handed Roger Federer his first loss in the opening round of the ATP World Finals on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-2.
Djokovic extended his winning streak to 18 matches after capturing his sixth title of the season last week in Paris, where he defeated Federer in the semifinal. Djokovic kept alive his chances of overtaking Rafael Nadal in the race for the year-end No. 1 spot.
Djokovic is attempting to finish No. 1 for the third year in a row but Nadal, who eased past David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, needs only a win against Stanislas Wawrinka today to be guaranteed the top spot.
Compiled from wire reports