Thome doesn’t want Chief Wahoo on Hall plaque

Newly elected Hall of Famer Jim Thome won’t be enshrined with Chief Wahoo.

Thome played most of his career with the Cleveland Indians and “fully” supports the team’s decision to remove the divisive Wahoo logo from its uniforms. He prefers to have the club’s block “C” logo on his Cooperstown plaque.

The slugger feels the “C” logo is “the right thing to do.” Thome plans to speak with his wife, Andrea, and Hall of Fame officials before making a final decision.

ARBITRATION: Houston closer Ken Giles and Tampa Bay shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria won their salary arbitration cases, and Toronto closer Roberto Osuna lost.

The decisions left players with a 5-2 record this year.


PGA TOUR: Rickie Fowler birdied the last three holes in front of the largest crowd in golf history to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fowler shot a 4-under 67 to reach 14 under with a round left at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, the layout packed with an announced 216,818 fans on an 80-degree afternoon. The crowd pushed the week total to 654,906, just short of the record of 655,434 set last year.

Former Arizona State players Jon Rahm and Chez Reavie were a stroke back along with Bryson DeChambeau. Phil Mickelson, another former Sun Devils star, was two shots behind.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Lee Westwood couldn’t emulate his second-round 62 but did enough to stay in contention at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after shooting a 70 to trail the leaders by three strokes.

The Englishman managed only three birdies in comparison to his mammoth 11 on Friday.

Jorge Campillo of Spain and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa are the joint leaders after both shot 66s for 15 under overall.


SPANISH LEAGUE: The worse version of Real Madrid was back when it slumped to 2-2 at Levante, dropping more points in the Spanish league.

Madrid appeared to have taken control through Francisco “Isco” Alarcon’s goal in the 81st minute, but Giampaolo Pazzini equalized on his debut for Levante with two minutes remaining to split the points.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Alexis Sanchez’s first goal for Manchester United wrapped up a 2-0 victory against Huddersfield on a day when the clubs came together to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.


DAVIS CUP: The United States advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals after beating Serbia for the first time thanks to a four-set doubles win.

The U.S. ran into Novak Djokovic in the previous losses, but without him Serbia was eliminated 3-0 and a day early in Nis.

Switzerland, without Roger Federer, suffered the same fate in Astana, where host Kazakhstan won 3-0 after a nearly 31/2-hour doubles.

U.S. pair Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson beat Serbia team Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 to cap singles wins by Sam Querrey and John Isner.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) to give defending champion France a 2-1 lead against the Netherlands in the first round of the World Group.

Spain led Britain 2-1 in the Davis Cup World Group after Pablo Carreno-Busta and Feliciano Lopez beat Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in doubles.

– Staff and news service report