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White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

UNDATED (AP) — Tony La Russa is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old Hall of Famer takes over for Rick Renteria (rehn-teh-REE’-uh) after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split.

LaRussa won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals. He inherits a team loaded with young stars and productive veterans that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only to sputter down the stretch and get knocked

The Latest: NASCAR pit crew benched for positive COVID tests

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The pit crew for NASCAR driver William Byron has been benched because of multiple positive tests for COVID-19.

The regular Hendrick Motorsports crew for the No. 24 did not participate in Wednesday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway and will also miss Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

The crew for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was used on Byron’s car at Texas and will again service the car at Martinsville. The No. 47 crew is staffed by Hendrick Motorsports employees.

“Hendrick Motorsports has implemented

The Latest: Ontario Hockey League to start in early February

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The Ontario Hockey League’s next season is slated to start Feb. 4 and will be shorter because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league announced Thursday its season will have 40 games, down from the usual 68, and the playoffs will have eight teams instead of the usual 16.

The OHL is the last of Canada’s three major junior hockey leagues to announce plans for next season. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season started earlier this month, but the schedule has been affected by several COVID-19 outbreaks as

Update on the latest sports

MLB-NEWS

White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

UNDATED (AP) — Tony La Russa is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old Hall of Famer takes over for Rick Renteria (rehn-teh-REE’-uh) after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split.

LaRussa won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals. He inherits a team loaded with young stars and productive veterans that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only to sputter down the stretch and get knocked

The Latest: Giants place LG Hernandez on COVID-19 list

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Four of the New York Giants’ five starting offensive lineman did not practice after one of them tested positive for COVID-19 and went into isolation.

Left guard Will Hernandez, who has started every game since being drafted in 2018, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list late Thursday afternoon. He is in isolation.

Three other starters were told to stay home: tackles Andrew Thomas and Cam Fleming and center Nick Gates. Two backup linemen also were told to stay away: center Spencer Pulley and rookie guard

Herbert, Lock like throwing deep but only one is successful

DENVER (AP) — A throwback to the “Air Coryell” days could be coming Sunday when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Denver Broncos.

Drew Lock and Justin Herbert both love throwing deep.

It’s worked out well for the Chargers (2-4) and their rising rookie quarterback but not so much for the Broncos (2-4) and their scuffling second-year passer.

Herbert is tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes over 20 yards (from the line of scrimmage) with six. Half of them came last week against Jacksonville in Herbert’s first career win.

Herbert has completed 9 of his past 18 deep throws for 411 yards

The Latest: Cardinals to have more fans at next 2 home games

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The Arizona Cardinals will be allowed to have 4,200 fans in the stands for their next two home games — against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

That’s an increase from the 1,200 that were allowed to attend the Cardinals’ 37-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The seats will be available for season ticket-holders and be sold in groups of two. Masks are mandatory and the seats are spread between the east and west sidelines and the north end zone.

The Cardinals are in the middle of a bye week.