Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette is close to becoming the next GM of the Baltimore Orioles, ESPN reported last night. According to the report, Duquette interviewed in Baltimore Friday and traveled yesterday to Baltimore to complete the deal. Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava was offered the Baltimore job, but he turned it down, according to the report. Duquette was the Red Sox GM from 1994-2002 . . . Jim Thome agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Phillies, returning to the franchise for a second time. Thome, 41, hit .256 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 93 games with the Twins and Indians last season. He played for Philadelphia from 2003-05 . . . The Nationals’ Michael Morse hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to lead the MLB all-star team to a 3-2 win over the host Taiwan national team in Kaohsiung.
Sexual assault charges rock Penn State
A former defensive coach who was integral for decades to Penn State’s football success was accused yesterday of molesting eight boys, and two school administrators were charged with failing to tell police when a witness told them he saw a boy being sexually assaulted in the shower. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, 67, was arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts, according to the office of the state attorney general, Linda Kelly. She called Sandusky “a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys.’’ Though reports surfaced months ago that Sandusky was being investigated, the case took on an added dimension yesterday when Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz were charged with perjury. Both are expected to turn themselves in tomorrow in Harrisburg, Pa. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who has more wins than any other coach in the history of Division 1 football, was not charged, and the grand jury report did not appear to implicate him in wrongdoing. It said that when Paterno first learned of one report of abuse, he immediately reported it to Curley, but Sandusky was no longer coaching at the time and it’s not clear whether Paterno followed up with Curley. Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to work with at-risk children through the nonprofit Second Mile organization he founded in 1977, where authorities say all of the accusers first encountered him.
Jacobson in lead at HSBC Champions
Fredrik Jacobson fired a 5-under-par 67 for a two-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen (68) after three rounds at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Jacobson broke by two shots the 54-hole tournament record and was at 16-under 200. Adam Scott (69) was three behind, followed by US Open champion Rory McIlroy (65) and Lee Westwood (67) at 12-under 204. Hopkinton’s Keegan Bradley (72) was seven shots back . . . Momoko Ueda shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead over Sakura Yokomine (63) after the second round of the LPGA Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan . . . Jay Don Blake shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Championship in San Francisco . . . Aaron Clark and Scott Berliner share the third-round lead in the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Nishikori stuns Djokovic in semifinals
Kei Nishikori stunned top-ranked Novak Djokovic at the Swiss Indoors semifinals in Basel, winning, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, to advance to today’s final against defending champion Roger Federer. Federer beat Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 . . . Unseeded Juan Monaco upset defending champion David Ferrer, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, to reach the Valencia (Spain) Open final. Monaco will face unseeded Marcel Granollers, who beat sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) . . . Russia and the Czech Republic split the opening singles at the Fed Cup final in Moscow.
Thorpe falls short in comeback meet
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe ended his comeback meet by failing to qualify for the 100-meter butterfly final at a World Cup swimming event in Singapore. Thorpe, 29, ended more than five years of retirement in a bid to represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympics . . . Retired NHL enforcer Georges Laraque said in a new book that steroid use was commonplace for years in hockey dressing rooms. Testing for performance-enhancing substances was included in the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement in 2005 . . . An arrest warrant was issued in San Francisco for Terrell Owens after he failed to show up for a court date regarding child-support payments . . . Ricky Burns outpointed Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight belt in London. Burns gave up the WBO super-featherweight title to make his lightweight debut . . . Lucian Bute successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title in Quebec City with an easy decision over Glen Johnson . . . Jeremy Abbott of the United States edged Nobunari Oda of Japan for the skating title at the Cup of China in Shanghai. Carolina Kostner of Italy beat Mirai Nagasu of the US in the women’s event. Russia swept the ice dancing and pairs events.