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3 days after Series gem, Price says he’s staying in Boston
BOSTON (AP) – Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price will stay with the team he led to a World Series title.
He announced on the field at Fenway Park before a victory parade Wednesday he was declining a contract option that would have enabled him to become a free agent.
He says he came to Boston to win and that’s what the Red Sox did.
Price will earn $127 million over the next four years under the seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with Boston before the 2016 season. He has gone 31-19 with a 3.74 ERA in three seasons with the Red Sox. This October, he finally pitched like an ace in the postseason as well.
After losing the first nine playoff decisions of his career, Price was the winning pitcher in the AL Championship Series clincher against Houston. He then won his first career World Series start, Game 2 against Los Angeles. He got two outs in Boston’s 18-inning Game 3 loss, then started on three day’s rest and delivered seven innings of three-hit ball to help eliminate the Dodgers.
WORLD SERIES PARADE
Duck boats ready in Boston for Red Sox victory parade
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BOSTON (AP) – The duck boats are ready to roll as Boston salutes the Red Sox on their fourth World Series title in 15 years.
The parade is set to begin Wednesday outside Fenway Park with players, coaches and team officials climbing aboard the amphibious vehicles. The parade will wind its way through several major streets expected to be lined by hundreds of thousands of fans.
During a pre-parade ceremony, Red Sox manager Alex Cora thanked fans for their support. He says it’s been a “historic season” in which the team won a team record 108 games during the regular season before beating the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the playoffs.
The Red Sox beat the Dodgers in five games to earn their fourth World Series parade since 2004. The team had previously gone 86 years without a title.
TENNIS-FED CUP FINAL-CZECH
Kvitova, Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup final against US
PRAGUE (AP) – The Czech Republic will have its top-10 players available for next weekend’s Fed Cup final against the defending champion United States.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh), who is ranked seventh, and No. 8 Karolina Pliskova have been named to lead the Czechs in their sixth final in eight years. They won all five of those finals.
In doubles, Czech Republic captain Petr Pala selected Katerina Siniakova, a member of the No. 1 doubles pair, and Barbora Strycova for the best-of-five series on indoor hardcourt in Prague from Nov. 10-11.
Pliskova lost to Sloane Stephens of the United States 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals in Singapore last week. Kvitova lost all her group matches at the tournament.
BASKETBALL WORLD CUP-BRYANT
Kobe Bryant made ambassador for 2019 World Cup in China
MIES, Switzerland (AP) – Kobe Bryant has been made an ambassador for the 2019 basketball World Cup in China.
The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist made the announcement on Twitter.
Bryant joins former NBA rival Yao Ming, now leading the Chinese Basketball Association, as ambassadors for the revamped tournament.
The first 32-nation World Cup will be played from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in eight cities.
The competition draw is set for March 16 in Shenzhen.
T25-WOMEN’S COLLEGE BKB POLL
Notre Dame No. 1 in women’s college basketball poll
NEW YORK (AP) – Notre Dame is No. 1 in the preseason AP women’s basketball poll.
The defending national champions received all 31 first-place votes from a national media panel Wednesday. It’s only the second time that Muffet McGraw’s team has been the preseason No. 1 team. It also occurred in 2016. The Irish return four starters from last season’s team that battled through a bunch of ACL injuries.
UConn was second in the poll, ending a run of 34 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The Huskies have been in the top five every week since Jan. 29, 2007. Oregon followed the Huskies, earning the best ranking in program history. The Ducks have lofty expectations this year.
Baylor and Louisville were fourth and fifth.
Mississippi State, Stanford, Oregon State, Maryland and South Carolina rounded out the top 10 teams. Eight is the best ranking in the preseason for Oregon State in the program’s history.