The United States' men's soccer team knows the path to the Olympics now.

The second leg of the team's qualifying playoff against Colombia will be played on March 29 at Frisco, Texas. The home-and-home, total-goals playoff opens March 25 at Barranquilla, Colombia, the U.S. Soccer Federation said.

Seeking its first berth in the men's Olympic tournament since 2008, the U.S. was forced into the playoff when it lost to Honduras last October in the semifinals of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.


Dodgers hire Maddux, Ibanez

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a grab for experience, hiring Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year veteran Raul Ibanez as special assistants to Andrew Friedman in the team's front office.

The team said Maddux and Ibanez will help Friedman, who is president of baseball operations, while also working in scouting and player development and interacting with major league and minor league players.

Maddux spent the past four years as a special assistant in the Rangers organization. Front office work will be new to Ibanez. He didn't play last season but was a finalist for the Tampa Bay managerial position.

Infielder Ryan joins Nationals

•Infielder Brendan Ryan agreed to a minor league contact with the Washington Nationals and will report to big league spring training. Ryan, 33, is a strong fielder and a career .234 hitter with 203 RBI in 879 games. Ryan is a strong defender with considerable experience at second base, third base and shortstop.

• Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the New York Mets for cash. Ceciliani, 25, hit .206 with one home and five steals in 68 at-bats as a rookie last year. He batted .345 with 19 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 16 steals in 70 games in Class AAA.


Mercer athlete dies in shooting

Mercer senior guard Jibri Bryan was shot to death in the parking lot of a convenience store in downtown Macon on Tuesday.

Bryan started all 35 games during his junior year but had played only six games this season because of injuries.


Furyk to miss three months

Jim Furyk was No. 7 in the world, No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings and already assured a spot on the Presidents Cup team when he tied for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his seventh top 10 of the year.

That was Sept. 6, and that was the last tournament he finished. A sore right wrist has kept him away, and now he'll have surgery and be out three months.

Three months would mean missing the Masters for the first time since 2004, when he missed three months from surgery on his left wrist to repair torn cartilage.

His world ranking has fallen to No. 10.


Broadcasting: ESPN reporter Holly Rowe said she is undergoing surgery to remove a tumor. She had surgery in May to remove a tumor in her chest, and she said in a statement released by the network that a new tumor had recently been found.

Auto racing: Honda announced it will supply engines for IndyCar racing at least through 2017 despite a difficult 2015 season. Honda has won 217 IndyCar races over two decades and was the sole engine supplier for six of the past 13 years for the series. It has competed against Chevrolet for the past five seasons. Last season Chevrolet won 11 of 16 races.

College football: Alcorn State named Fred McNair as its next football coach, promoting him after four seasons as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.