Latest Ortiz parting gift? An airport gate name

Red Sox fans will soon have another memory of recently retired slugger David Ortiz when traveling out of Boston’s Logan airport.

An employee of JetBlue Airlines announced to Big Papi and a crowd that the airline was naming Gate 34 in Terminal C after him during a party to honor the star at a restaurant in Boston’s Seaport District on Friday night.

“You mean I’m going to have my own gate at the airport?” Ortiz said from the stage. “You’re (messing) with me, aren’t you?”

The event, sponsored by JetBlue and others, was billed as “an evening dedicated to honoring David Ortiz.”

Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the remaining two years of his contract with the New York Mets to become a free agent, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Acquired by the Mets in a 2015 trade, Cespedes agreed in January to a $75 million, three-year contract that allowed him to opt out after one season and $27.5 million.

Cespedes had 31 homers and 86 RBI in 132 games this season. He was slowed after injuring his right quadriceps on July 8.

 The Royals declined their $7 million option on Luke Hochevar, the right-hander whose season was cut short by surgery in August to relieve numbness caused by thoracic outlet syndrome.

Hochevar received a $500,000 buyout Saturday.


PARIS MASTERS: Andy Murray will hold the coveted No. 1 spot for the first time when the ATP rankings are published Monday after advancing to the final in Paris without playing a single point.

Murray benefited from Milos Raonic’s withdrawal from the tournament – just one hour before the big-serving Canadian was scheduled to take on the 29-year-old Briton in the semifinals Saturday.

Raonic said he withdrew because of a right leg injury. He may miss the ATP Finals.

Murray only needed to make the final in Paris to take the top spot from Novak Djokovic. Murray will hold a five-point lead over Djokovic, who lost in the quarterfinals in Paris.

Murray will face John Isner in the final after the American defeated Marin Cilic, 6-4, 6-3.

ELITE TROPHY: Elina Svitolina rallied from a set down to upset top-seeded Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 and reach the final at Zhuhai, China.

She will face Petra Kvitova in Sunday’s final after the Czech beat Chinese wild-card Zhang Shuai, 6-2, 6-2.


PGA: Lucas Glover had a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory in five years.

Rod Pampling (71) and Brooks Koepka (70) were in second. Neither took advantage of good scoring conditions, which allowed Glover to take the lead at 15-under 198.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Scott McCarron and Tom Byrum shared the Dominion Charity Classic lead, with Bernhard Langer two shots back in the second of three playoff events.

McCarron shot his second straight 5-under 67, and Byrum had a 69 to reach 10-under 134 on The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course. Langer also had a 69.

LPGA: Shanshan Feng shot an 8-under 64 to take a one- stroke lead at the TOTO Japan Classic in Ibaraki, putting the Chinese star in position to close the Asian swing with consecutive victories.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Thorbjorn Olesen extended his lead to seven strokes at the Turkish Airlines Open after shooting 4-under 68 in the third round at Antalya, Turkey.

– News service report