Hansen out as Dodgers hitting coach
LOS ANGELES — Dave Hansen is out as hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have offered him another position within the organization.
The team said Friday that Hansen has not yet decided whether to accept the offer. No replacement has been named.
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, third base coach Tim Wallach, first base coach Davey Lopes, bench coach Trey Hillman and bullpen coach Ken Howell will return in 2013. Wallach is being interviewed for the vacant Boston Red Sox managerial job.
Hansen played 11 seasons for the Dodgers in two different stints.
Rangers reliever Adams having surgery
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers say reliever Mike Adams will have surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a numbing sensation that sidelined him the last week of the season.
Adams, who can become a free agent, is set for surgery Thursday in Dallas.
The team said All-Star starter Matt Harrison had successful Lasik surgery Thursday. Catcher Mike Napoli, another pending free agent, is set to have the eye procedure next week.
Harrison had a rib removed during surgery in 2009 after being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, when a bone in the upper body presses against a nerve, causing numbness and tingling in the fingers.
No talks planned 4 weeks into lockout
NEW YORK — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still hasn’t spoken to players’ union chief Donald Fehr since a brief meeting Wednesday, but negotiators on both sides are back in contact as the lockout drags on.
There was no meeting Friday, after two straight days of negotiations at the league’s New York office, and there are no current plans for more bargaining to take place.
Azarenka reaches semis at WTA Linz
LINZ, Austria — Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium defeated two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-0 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and fifth-seeded Julia Goerges also advanced to the semifinals.
Azarenka will next play Irina-Camelia Begu, a Romanian who defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Goerges beat Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-4.
Shanghai semis: Federer-Murray, Djokovic-Berdych
SHANGHAI — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych — the top four seeded players — reached the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters.
Federer beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 Friday and will next play Murray, the two-time defending champion. Murray improved his Shanghai record to 11-0 by defeating a tenacious Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Djokovic easily won his quarterfinal, downing Tommy Haas of Germany 6-3, 6-3. He’ll face Berdych, who outlasted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the day’s first match. Berdych has beaten Djokovic only once in 10 matches.
By wire sources