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Update on the latest in sports:


Hurricanes loses scholarships

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Miami's football team will lose nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal presumably drew to a close.

But for the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game.

The school will also serve three years probation. Former men's basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will sit out the first five games of his team's season, and three former Miami assistant coaches were handed two-year show-cause bans.

Even though the NCAA said Miami lacked "institutional control" when it came to monitoring Shapiro, the university is accepting the decision and does not plan to appeal.

Miami's football team is off to a 6-0 start, and the school's ranking at No. 7 matches its highest since 2005.

Miami has already self-imposed sanctions on the football program that included sitting out two bowl games, last season's Atlantic Coast Conference title game and making reductions in recruiting.


Getting ready

BOSTON (AP) -- The Cardinals are in Boston for final workouts ahead of tomorrow's Game 1 of the World Series. St. Louis and the Red Sox will gather for practice and media sessions at Fenway Park today in preparation for the Series opener.

St. Louis will send ace Adam Wainright to mound in the Cardinals first meeting with the Red Sox this season. Boston counters with lefty Jon Lester.

Allen Craig will be in the St. Louis line-up as the designated hitter, which will be used in all the games played in Boston.

When the Series shifts to St. Louis, no DH will be used. That has prompted Red Sox manager John Farrell to indicate that David Ortiz will step out of his usual designated hitter role to play at least one game at first base for Games 3, 4 and if necessary, 5. Ortiz has only played six games in the field this season, but his 30-home run and 103 RBIs are too potent an offensive weapon to leave him in the dugout.


Price is new Reds skipper

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have chosen pitching coach Bryan Price to replace Dusty Baker as their next manager, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The club plans to introduce the 51-year-old Price at a news conference later Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the decision.

Price has never managed at any level. He's been the Reds' pitching coach for the last four seasons, helping them develop one of the best staffs in the majors. Previously, he was the pitching coach for the Mariners and Diamondbacks.

Baker was fired despite getting the Reds to the playoffs three times in the last four years. Cincinnati failed to win a playoff series, prompting the switch.


Ducks go for club record

UNDATED (AP) -- Since a season opening loss, very little has gone wrong for the Anaheim Ducks. The defending Pacific Division champs go for a club record eighth straight win when they skate into Toronto tonight as part of an eight-game NHL schedule. The Ducks 7-1 start to the season is the best in franchise history.

Like Anaheim, Chicago only has a single regulation loss this season. The defending Stanley Cup champs look for their fifth win in six games when they play at Florida. Chicago has lost twice in overtime.

New Jersey will try to double its win total for the season when the Devils visit Columbus. After dropping their first seven games of the season for the worst start in franchise history, the Devils broke into the win column Saturday by shutting out the Rangers.

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