SoccerLiverpool’s takeover by the owners of the Red Sox will not go ahead if the English club is forced to enter bankruptcy protection and gets penalized in the Premier League standings, people with knowledge of the negotiations said yesterday. Liverpool is already in the three-team relegation zone after its worst start to a season in more than 50 years, and would receive a 9-point penalty from the league if it became insolvent before the sale to the Red Sox was completed. A penalty could drop Liverpool down to English soccer’s second tier, which would cause New England Sports Ventures to walk away from the deal . . . Oguchi Onyewu’s goal and Jermaine Jones’s first assist with the national team weren’t enough for the United States, which settled for a 2-2 draw in an exhibition against Poland in Chicago . . . US player Charlie Davies said he was not the driver of a car stopped for going 125 miles per hour last weekend but told French police he was, to protect Sochaux teammate Jacques Faty. Faty asked him to tell police he was driving because Faty thought his license was suspended.
Gwynn has cancer in salivary glandHall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn says he has cancer in a salivary gland. He told the San Diego Union-Tribune the cancer was discovered last month and he faces 7-8 weeks of treatment — radiation five times a week and chemotherapy once a week. “The doctors have told me they feel they caught the cancer early and there was not much of it there,’’ he said in a story published yesterday. The parotid cancer was diagnosed after the former Padres star had a third round of surgery to remove a tumor on the parotid gland. Gwynn is San Diego State’s baseball coach.
Red Sox outright lefty Hill to PawtucketThe Red Sox took lefthander Rich Hill off the 40-man roster and sent him outright to Triple A Pawtucket. Hill, 30, will become a free agent five days after the World Series. But the Sox were impressed with the six games he pitched in September and could invite him to spring training on a minor league contract. Hill threw four scoreless innings in those six relief appearances, allowing five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Lefthanded hitters were 1 for 8 against him. A native of Milton who now lives in South Boston, Hill has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, going 22-20 with a 4.82 earned run average.
Redskins release wide receiver ThomasThe Washington Redskins released wide receiver Devin Thomas, a 2008 second-round draft pick who failed to impress new coach Mike Shanahan. Thomas was replaced on the roster by running back Keiland Williams, who was promoted from the practice squad for today’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Thomas, one of three pass-catchers taken in the second round two years ago, had trouble running routes and was dogged by questions about his work ethic. Williams was promoted because the Redskins were down to two healthy running backs — Ryan Torain and Chad Simpson — after Clinton Portis suffered a left groin injury in last week’s game . . . The Tennessee Titans released linebacker Jamie Winborn to make roster space for linebacker Gerald McRath, who had been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on banned substances.
Djokovic and Wozniacki in China finalsDefending champion Novak Djokovic reached the final of the China Open in Beijing by beating John Isner, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4. On the women’s side, new No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Shahar Peer, 7-5, 6-2, and will play Vera Zvonareva, who beat Li Na, 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic meets eighth-seeded David Ferrer, who beat Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 . . . Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), to reach the Japan Open final in Tokyo. Nadal will face Gael Monfils, who beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-3.
Pavelec has concussion after collapseThrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec has a concussion and remained hospitalized, undergoing additional tests to determine why he collapsed in the season opener, just 2 1/2 minutes into Friday night’s win over the Capitals. The 23-year-old Pavelec had a headache from his concussion, which apparently was caused by striking the back of his head on the ice . . . Dual Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti secured a spot in the Breeders’ Cup, beating Society’s Chairman by a length in the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. J.B.’s Thunder led a well-matched field of 11 juveniles nearly gate to wire in the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity. Proviso earned a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, beating C.S. Silk by a half-length in the $400,000 The Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes . . . Shane Hmiel, banned for life from NASCAR in 2006 after failing three drug tests, was critically injured during qualifying for the US Auto Racing Club’s Silver Crown race at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
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