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Nationals hire Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals announced Baker’s hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams when the club missed the playoffs. In the 66-year-old Baker, the Nationals get someone who has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 record — a .526 winning percentage — includes the second-most victories among active managers. He led the San Francisco Giants to the 2002 World Series and reached the post-season a half-dozen other times. “I am certain that the Nationals, like all of our clubs, hired the best person for the job. It is encouraging that in this case the best person turned out to be African-American,” commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred wrote in an e-mail to reporters. “This is a positive step and I am intent on making continued progress on diversity in the managerial ranks going forward.”


Queensland sign Goromaru

The Queensland Reds have signed Japan fullback and World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru for next year’s Super Rugby season. Goromaru led Japan to a shock 34-32 pool-stage win over South Africa in what has been described as the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. Goromaru scored 24 points in that match and twice received man-of-the-match honors at the tournament. Goromaru, who is also Japan’s all-time leading point-scorer, has played his entire career in his nation’s Top League. The Reds yesterday said that the 29-year-old Goromaru is to replace former New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson, who has moved to the Melbourne Rebels, as Queensland’s designated foreign player. Goromaru could play against the new Japan-based Super Rugby side on May 21 in Brisbane.


Former England captain dies

Former England captain and president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Tom Graveney has died at the age of 88, Britain’s Press Association announced on Tuesday. Graveney made 11 centuries in 79 Test matches for England from 1951 to 1969, scoring 4,882 runs at an average of 44.38. Appointed MCC president in 2005, he was an honorary life member of the Lord’s club. Graveney played county cricket for Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and had a spell playing in Australia with Queensland. He remained involved in the sport as a commentator following his retirement in 1972. A message from the Lord’s Twitter account read: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of former @englandcricket captain and MCC President Tom Graveney.” BBC radio cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew wrote: “Never saw Tom Graveney bat, but he is synonymous with a golden era of England batsmen. Loved a chat in the bar and lived for cricket. RIP.”


Malik retires from Tests

Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik is to retire from Test cricket at the end of their ongoing match against England in Sharjah to give the nation’s younger players a chance, he said on Tuesday. Malik, 33, made a shock return to Test cricket at the beginning of the three-match series in the United Arab Emirates, marking his comeback with a career-best 245 in Abu Dhabi. He has since scored 47 runs in five innings, including a golden duck in his last one on Tuesday, but he did record his best Test bowling figures of 4-33 on the day he announced his retirement.

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