Press Box: Sports roundup

IN BRIEF

December 21, 2009

BASEBALL: The Athletics are closing in on a deal with free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp, 30, on a one-year contract with a club option for the 2011 season, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. ... Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell will have surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb after Christmas and needs six to eight weeks to recover.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Sam Quigley scored 17 points and Anna Martin added 14 as DePaul (9-3) handed Florida State (10-1) its first loss, 75-60, in the second round of the Duel in the Desert tournament in Las Vegas. ... Ashley Barlow scored a season-high 19 points and fourth-ranked Notre Dame (10-0) forced 43 turnovers in a 90-31 victory over Charlotte.

SOCCER: Frank Lampard scored a penalty kick on his third try and Chelsea drew 1-1 at West Ham to move four points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the England Premier League standings. ... Manchester City fired manager Mark Hughes on Saturday and hired former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini.

SKIING: Italians Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in the challenging giant slalom on the Gran Risa course in Alta Badia, Italy. American Ted Ligety, recovering from stomach flu, struggled with his grip and finished seventh while Bode Miller failed to qualify for the second run. ... Lindsey Vonn's third-place finish in a super-G helped her reclaim the sole lead of the overall World Cup standings. The Swiss had a 1-2 finish with Franzi Aufdenblatten getting her first World Cup victory ahead of Nadia Styger. Vonn was 0.26 seconds off the pace.

WINTER SPORTS: Tim Burke became the first U.S. biathlon athlete to lead the World Cup standings by placing sixth in a men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit race. He took over the lead by seven points over Simon Fourcade of France. ... Two-time Olympic champion Andre Lange won a four-man bobsled race while American Steven Holcomb bounced back from a crash to place second.

ALSO: WBC and WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who stopped Miguel Espino in the fifth round Saturday night to defend his titles, will now turn his attention to Paul Williams, whom he was supposed to fight Oct. 3. If a deal can't be reached, Pavlik said he would like to fight WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. ... Francesco and Edoardo Molinari of Italy will finish the year ranked in the top 50 and become the first set of brothers in 10 years to compete in the same Masters. The Masters invites the top 50 in the final world ranking, which was finalized after the South African Open, the last official tournament of 2009. Richie Ramsay of Scotland won the South African Open in a playoff.

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