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Baseball

Duquette named Orioles president

Dan Duquette signed a three-year contract Sunday to become the Baltimore Orioles’ president of baseball operations.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press of the move on condition of anonymity because the Orioles haven’t announced the hiring.

The 53-year-old Duquette, who interviewed with the Orioles over the weekend, was farm director of the Montreal Expos from 1987-1991 and their general manager from 1991-94. He then served as general manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1994-2002. He has not worked in a major league front office since leaving the Red Sox.

Soccer

Dynamo headed to MLS Cup final

In Kansas City, Kan., Andre Hainault scored his second goal of the postseason, and the Houston Dynamo reached the MLS Cup final by beating Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference title game.

Tennis

Federer cruises in home tourney

In Basel, Switzerland, Roger Federer picked up a fifth title at his Swiss Indoors home tournament, hammering Japanese wild card Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour.

The world number four Swiss has appeared in eight of a dozen Basel finals including the past six in succession.

He now owns 68 career ATP titles but claimed his last one 10 long months ago when he won Doha in the first week of January. The last final for the 16-time Grand Slam champion was at Roland Garros where he lost to Rafael Nadal.

Juan Martin Del Potro has withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of a shoulder injury.

The tournament starts Monday and the Argentine’s withdrawal ends his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals.

Extreme Sports

Stunt rider dies after Texas crash

In Fort Worth, Texas, a motorcycle stunt rider has died from injuries suffered during practice for an exhibition at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jim McNeil was taken by helicopter to a Fort Worth hospital, where he was pronounced dead, track spokesman Mike Zizzo said.

The 32-year-old McNeil, who was from Phoenix, had been part of the Boost Mobile FMX team for nine years. He competed five times in the X Games as an extreme motorcycle stunt rider.

McNeil was practicing in a souvenir area outside the TMS gates Sunday morning when he got hurt. He was preparing to do an exhibition for a sponsor and wasn’t part of the track’s official program of events before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Boxing

Aoh retains belt by split decision

In Tokyo, Takahiro Aoh defended his WBC super featherweight title with a split decision over Devis Boschiero on Sunday.

Two judges ruled the bout 115-113 in favor of Aoh while another called it 116-113 for the challenger in the 12-round bout at Yoyogi Gymnasium.

Aoh improved to 22-2-1 with 10 knockouts while Boschiero dropped to 29-1-1 with 14 KOs.

• In Hollywood, Fla., Guillermo Jones successfully defended his WBA cruiserweight title, stopping Mike Marrone in the sixth round Saturday night at Hard Rock Live Arena.

Jones improved to 38-3-2 with his 30th knockout.

Marrone dropped to 20-4.

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