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Sports shorts: Hall of Fame Padres broadcaster Coleman dies at 89

2014-01-05T18:47:41Z 2014-01-05T23:38:04Z Sports shorts: Hall of Fame Padres broadcaster Coleman dies at 89Wire reports Arizona Daily Star
January 05, 2014 6:47 pm  • 

SAN DIEGO — Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, a former Yankees second baseman who interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea, died Sunday, the San Diego Padres said. He was 89.

Coleman spent more than four decades with the Padres as a broadcaster. He managed the team in 1980. A family friend told The Associated Press that Coleman had surgery before Christmas for bleeding in the brain.

“It’s a sad day,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “We’re losing a San Diego icon. He’s going to be missed.”

The team planned to keep Coleman’s statue at Petco Park open until 11:30 p.m. Sunday so fans could pay tribute.

Coleman was named rookie of the year in 1949 by The Associated Press and was an All-Star and World Series MVP in 1950 in a career that included four World Series titles with the Yankees. He flew 120 missions combined in two wars and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 13 Air Medals and three Navy Citations.

He was known for calls of “Oh, Doctor!” and “You can hang a star on that!” after big plays. He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Golf

Simpson shares Kapalua lead with 2 others

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Webb Simpson wanted to give his caddie some good news from the golf course Sunday. He delivered a 5-under 68 that gave Simpson a three-way tie for the lead with defending champion Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth going into the final round of the Tournament of Champions.

Simpson’s caddie and friend, Paul Tesori, was in a hospital in Florida with newborn son Isaiah in intensive care. Simpson said the child suffered a seizure short after he was born with indications of an infection in his brain.Ted Scott, Tesori’s friend and caddie for Bubba Watson, is filling in this week as Simpson’s caddie.

“I felt like we were out there playing for Isaiah,” said Simpson, who ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to reach 14-under 205. Zach Johnson, who had a three-shot lead going into the third round, shot a 74 and is two shots back. Gary Woodland, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Streelman were within three shots of the lead. Tucson native Michael Thompson, who shot a 73, is five shots back.

Miscellaneous

Hewitt downs Federer for Brisbane title

BRISBANE, Australia — Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at the Brisbane International over No. 1-seeded Roger Federer, his oldest rival on the tour after 27 meetings since 1999.

Hewitt, 32, improved his record to nine wins against the 17-time Grand Slam champ Federer, who was broken three times and had 22 unforced errors in the first set.

  • Top-seeded
  • Stanislas Wawrinka
  • regained India’s Chennai Open title without dropping a set in the tournament when he eat
  • Edouard Roger-Vasselin
  • 7-5, 6-2.
  • In soccer, the U.S. men’s national team begins training camp for Brazil’s World Cup with 26 players today in Carson, Calif., before going to work out Jan. 13-25 in Sao Paulo. ... Manchester United and West Ham paid a price for fielding heavily weakened teams in the FA Cup when they were knocked out in the third round on Sunday.

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