Chad Epperson is returning for his second season as Portland Sea Dogs manager, leading the Boston Red Sox’s coaching staff for the 2023 season, which they announced Saturday.
Empson led the Sea Dogs to the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2014, with Portland a 45-24 record for second-half champions in the Northeast Division. Overall, the Sea Dogs are 75-63.
Doug Clarke will also return for his second season as the hitting coach, while Joe Hudson remains the strength and conditioning coach.
The staff also includes pitching coach Sean Isaac, assistant coaches Mitch Jiang and Pablo Cabrera, and coach Brian Staciura.
Women’s World Cup: American skier Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 85th slalom race victory in Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic on Saturday, breaking one of the World Cup records set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s.
Shiffrin could match his best of 86 wins with another slalom Sunday.
Shiffrin, who shares the women’s record of 82 victories with former teammate Lindsey Vonn, followed up with back-to-back giant slalom wins in Italy this week and her third straight win on Saturday.
After finishing the race, the American celebrated with a shoulder swing and a big smile as third-place Wendy Holdner and runner-up Lena Duer came over to hug her.
Men’s World Cup: Swiss skier Marco Oldermatt won the Men’s World Cup Super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, returning triumphantly from injury 10 days before the start of the world championships.
Oldmat missed two races last week with left knee soreness, but the reigning overall champion returned to his best form at the scenic Olympia Altofane Circuit to beat his Norwegian opponent Alexander Amot Kild.
It was Oldmatt’s third Supergiant title of the season, while Kielder won the other two events.
trip to Europe: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and rival Patrick Reed were two shots behind halfway through the Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Richard Brand, Thomas Peters and amateur Michael Thorbjörsen, all 10 under overall at Emirates Golf Club, are tied for the lead after a weather-affected two-round event that will see Ends Monday.
World amateur No. 2 Sobjörsen shot a 64, 8-under-par. He started on No. 10, birdied five of his first six holes, then chipped in for eagle on the par-5 18th. He added a bogey and two birdies.
FA Cup: Leeds and Leicester avoided a potential upset to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup, but Premier League survival remains the club’s top priority.
Leeds beat Division Three Accrington Stanley 3-1, while Leicester beat Division Four Walsall 1-0.
The victory temporarily distracted the two teams, who are just one point above the relegation zone in the league.