Sports Digest: NL champ Phillies extend President Dombrowski through 2027


The National League champion Philadelphia Phillies gave team President Dave Dombrowski a three-year contract extension that takes him through the 2027 season.

“This is a great organization and I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such tremendous personnel. We have made significant strides in many areas of baseball operations over the last couple of years, and I am committed to building upon them to form a championship organization for the city and our incredible fan base,” Dombrowski said Tuesday.

Dombrowski made the pivotal decision to fire Manager Joe Girardi with the team scuffling in June and replace him with bench coach Rob Thomson. Behind sluggers Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins, Thomson helped lead the Phillies to their first playoff appearance since 2011 and their eighth NL pennant.

Dombrowski, 66, was hired in December 2020 following stints in the front office with Montreal, the Florida Marlins, Boston and Detroit. His clubs have won five pennants and two World Series titles. He is the only head of a baseball operations department to lead four different franchises to the World Series and only one of five general managers to have won a World Series title with two different teams.


FOOTBALL: Elias Soehren of Oxford Hills was named the 2022 MaxPreps Maine High School Football Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior quarterback helped the Vikings go 11-0 and capture their first Class A state championship.

Soehren completed 110 of 167 passes for 1,776 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions this season. He added 349 yards and six touchdowns on 61 carries and also played defense and handled punting duties.

Each state’s MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 10.


ECHL: The Boston Bruins and Providence Bruins assigned three players to the Maine Mariners, who begin a busy stretch of home games beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Reading.

Forwards Alex-Olivier Voyer and Curtis Hall and goaltender Michael DiPietro were sent to Maine from Providence.

Voyer, 23, returns after playing two games for the Mariners on the prior homestand. Hall was a fourth-round selection by Boston in the 2018 draft. DiPietro was acquired by the Bruins from the Vancouver Canucks on October 27. In the deal, the Bruins sent forward Jack Studnicka to Vancouver in exchange for DiPietro and the rights to defenseman Jonathan Myrenberg.

In corresponding moves, the Mariners released goaltenders Josh Boyko and Peter Thome. Goaltender Francois Brassard was reassigned to Maine from Providence on Saturday.


PARIS 2024:  The operating budget for the 2024 Paris Olympics is expected to go up by 10%, in part because of high inflation, organizers said.

The organizing committee, known as COJO, had an original operating budget of around 4 billion euros ($4.1 billion) but will present a revised figure at a board meeting next month that is expected to reach 4.4 billion euros ($4.5 billion).


BONUS: Tiger Woods was rewarded with a $15 million bonus from the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program.

Woods won the award for the second straight year while playing slightly more often.

He was recovering from a car crash in 2021 and played only two rounds of the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie. This year, he played in three majors, making it to the weekend in two of them, finishing 72 holes only in the Masters.

Woods still ranked No. 1 in four of the five PIP categories. The exception was “TV Sponsor Exposure,” which is the length of time a player’s sponsor logos appear on the screen during weekend rounds. He played only three of those.

Rory McIlroy finished second and received a $12 million bonus. Jordan Spieth narrowly beat out Justin Thomas for third place – Spieth got $9 million, Thomas $7.5 million – with Jon Rahm ($6 million) in fifth.

RYDER CUP: European captain Luke Donald appointed Nicolas Colsaerts as his third vice captain for next year’s event in Rome.

The Belgian golfer, who turned 40 last week, joins Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Edoardo Molinari of Italy as vice captains for the European team.

The 2023 Ryder Cup will be played at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome from Sept. 26-Oct. 1.


ENGLAND: Forward Beth Mead sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Arsenal, raising questions about her availability for the women’s World Cup next summer.

The 27-year-old Mead, who helped England win the European Championship, was injured Saturday during Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the Women’s Super League.

MLS: Former Seattle Sounders executive Garth Lagerwey was named to succeed Darren Eales as Atlanta United’s president and chief executive officer.

Lagerwey, 49, had been general manager and president for Seattle since 2015. Seattle won this year’s Concacaf Champions League title and MLS Cup championships in 2019 and 2016. Seattle reached two additional MLS Cup finals under Lagerwey’s leadership.

Eales announced on July 15 he was leaving Atlanta United to become the chief executive officer of Newcastle United in the Premier League in England. .


DAVIS CUP: Jordan Thompson came from a set down to defeat Tallon Griekspoor 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and give Australia a 1-0 lead over the Netherlands in the quarterfinals at Malaga, Spain.

The Australian hit 16 aces to overcome his Dutch opponent in a hard-fought match that took almost three hours.

Alex de Minaur can clinch a semifinal spot for Australia with a victory over Botic van de Zandschulp in the second singles match.

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