New skipper for Rangers
The Texas Rangers have hired Jeff Banister as their new manager, selecting the Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach over interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash.
The 49-year-old Banister has been the Bucs’ top coach under manager Clint Hurdle the past four years and in the Pirates organization for 29 seasons. He will be formally introduced Friday during a news conference at the Rangers ballpark.
Gurley still out for Bulldogs
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he doesn’t expect star tailback Todd Gurley to be available for this week’s game against Arkansas. The 10th-ranked Bulldogs top offensive threat has been suspended indefinitely after allegations that he broke NCAA rules. The school has launched an investigation.
Richt has said the alleged violations involve autographs and memorabilia.
Habs down B’s
The Montreal Canadiens finally played their home opener after starting the season 3-1-0 on the road.
P.A. Parenteau and Brendan Gallagher each scored twice and Carey Price stopped 25 shots as the Canadiens downed Boston 6-4. The Bruins led 3-2 before Jiri Sekac and Parenteau scored in the final 1:49 of the second period to put the Habs ahead to stay. Gallagher and Parenteau added third-period goals to seal the win.
Simon Gagne scored his first goal since signing with the Bruins.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
- The New York Islanders are 4-0 for the third time in team history after John Tavares scored the game-winner in the shootout to complete a 4-3 win over San Jose. Tavares also had assists on goals by Nick Leddy and Kyle Okposo, giving him a league-high nine points in four games already this season.
- Jonathan Quick turned away 43 shots and Jeff Carter provided the lone shootout goal in the Kings’ 1-0 triumph over St. Louis in Los Angeles. The Blues fell despite outshooting the Kings 43-18.
- Tyler Seguin scored with just 2.9 seconds left to give Dallas a 3-2 comeback win at Pittsburgh. The Stars trailed 2-1 until Jamie Benn tallied with 2:57 remaining.
- Washington handed New Jersey its first loss in four games as Marcus Johansson snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period of the Capitals’ 6-2 rout of New Jersey. The game remained close until Nicklas Backstrom, Joel Ward and Andrew Burakovsky scored in the first nine minutes of the third period.
Maroon is out
Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon will be out for four weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. He was injured Monday during Anaheim’s victory at Buffalo in a collision with Josh Gorges. Maroon agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Ducks in August. The power forward scored 29 points in 62 games last year, his first full NHL season.
Booker scores 3 TDs, Utah outlasts OSU in 2 OT
Devontae Booker ran 19 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give No. 20 Utah a 29-23 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
Booker finished with 229 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12), which has won all four of its road games this season.
Booker also ran for a 15-yard score in the first overtime to put the Utes in front 23-16. The Beavers (4-2, 1-2) answered with Sean Mannion’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Villamin on fourth down to force another period.
Trevor Romaine, whose 49-yard field goal as time expired in regulation tied the game at 16, attempted a 37-yard field goal that went wide right, giving the ball back to Utah for the game-winning drive.
It was Booker’s third straight game with more than 150 yards rushing for the Utes, off to their best start since winning their first eight games in 2010.
Cink, Laird share Shriners lead
Stewart Cink and Martin Laird are co-leaders through one round of the PGA’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Cink birdied seven of his final 11 holes for a 7-under 64 at TPC Summerlin. Laird holed a 50-foot birdie putt on 18 to grab a share of the lead, one shot ahead of Scotland’s Russell Knox.
Bosch pleads guilty
Anthony Bosch, the former owner of the South Florida anti-aging clinic involved in the baseball drug scandal, has pleaded guilty to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Bosch, who called himself “Dr. T,” faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence but is likely to get far less because of cooperation with prosecutors and with MLB’s investigation into player drug use.