Former U.S. keeper Friedel named Revolution coach

Brad Friedel, the former U.S. national team goalkeeper, was named Thursday as coach of the New England Revolution.

Friedel, 46, most recently served as coach of the U.S. under-19 national team.

Friedel made 82 appearances for the United States over 13 years and was on the roster for three World Cups, including the American team that advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002.

WORLD CUP: A penalty awarded for a disputed handball resulted in a goal by Ricardo Rodriguez that gave Switzerland a controversial 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the first leg of their playoff at Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Croatia took a decisive step toward World Cup qualification, overwhelming Greece for a 4-1 victory in the first leg of their playoff at Zagreb, Croatia.


FORMULA ONE: Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, who said he was retiring a year ago before returning, decided that he definitely will retire this time.

His final race will be Sunday at Sao Paulo, Brazil.


ROYALS: Manager Ned Yost, 62, broke his pelvis and several ribs during a fall on his property in Georgia.

Yost was working on a deer stand that gave way Saturday.

YANKEES: Rob Thomson, a bench coach on Joe Girardi’s staff for the past decade, was the first candidate to be interviewed to become the new manager.


PGA: Patton Kizzire carried some momentum from last week in Las Vegas by running off six straight birdies and opening with a 9-under 62 that gave him a two-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Kizzire closed with a 64 in Las Vegas to tie for fourth, his best finish in more than a year on the PGA Tour. Playing in the first group, Kizzire finished the front nine with two straight birdies, then made four straight on the back nine. A bogey on the 18th gave him a 62.

LPGA: Ashleigh Buhai shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Blue Bay tournament at Hainan, China.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Bernd Wiesberger birdied the last hole to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.


RUSSIAN DOPING: Four more Russian cross country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including a three-time silver medalist, Maxim Vylegzhanin.

The International Olympic Committee said all four had their results disqualified and were banned from future Olympics.

ALLEGATIONS INVESTIGATED: The IOC said it’s looking into allegations of sexual assault and harassment against an Olympic official, Alex Gilady, stemming from his work as a television executive in Israel.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Rick Pitino’s lawyer said allegations in an indictment that implies the former Louisville coach was involved and aware of money payments to recruits are “false, misleading and defamatory.”

Steve B. Pence reiterated that Pitino had no knowledge of any payments to players. Christian Dawkins, who was indicted Tuesday, said during a recorded conversation a coach agreed to call an Adidas executive for money to send to the family of a recruit. Pitino isn’t named in the indictment.