Spurned The Boston Red Sox got a firm no from Joe Torre. The retired manager said he has not been contacted by the Red Sox and is not interested in their managerial opening, quashing any speculation that he would come back to take Terry Francona’s old job. The 71-year-old Torre, who serves as the executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, said that the daily rigors of managing might be too much to handle at this point.
Retired After 22 years on the U.S. national luge team and three trips to the Olympics, Tony Benshoof has decided to retire from competitive sliding. Benshoof is the most decorated men’s slider in USA Luge history with 37 international medals, and he won the U.S. national singles championship seven times – tying him with Cameron Myler and Frank Masley for the all-time total. He was fourth at the 2006 Turin Olympics, missing a medal there by less than one-fifth of a second. He has not raced internationally since the 2010 Vancouver Games, where he finished in eighth place.
Dismissed Quarterback Stephen Garcia won’t get a sixth chance to play for No. 15 South Carolina. Garcia, who had been suspended and brought back to the team five previous times, was dismissed for failing an alcohol test, a person familiar with the decision said. Athletic director Eric Hyman would only say that Garcia was released after the fifth-year senior failed to meet agreed- upon guidelines.
Injured Texas Tech junior running back Eric Stephens is out for the season after dislocating his left knee in last weekend’s 45-40 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies. Stephens was averaging 114 yards per game and was on pace to reach 1,000 for the season.
Suspended Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis will miss the first four basketball games of the regular season because he played in two exhibition contests three years ago before sitting out the rest of the year. The 6-foot-8 senior averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Irish last season.