Dave Roberts overcame long odds during his major league playing career and survived a bout with cancer in recent years. He had no managerial experience when he went after the Los Angeles Dodgers vacancy.
Fittingly, the personable Roberts beat the odds again, impressing the front office with his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to become the Dodgers' first minority manager.
Los Angeles said Monday it plans to introduce the 43-year-old at a news conference on Dec. 1.
"When I put on this uniform as a player, I understood the special responsibility to honor those that played before me as well as the amazing bond between the Dodgers and their fans," Roberts said in a statement. "I feel that I have now come full circle in my career."
Roberts becomes the third minority manager in the majors, joining Washington's Dusty Baker and Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez. The widely perceived front-runner for the job was former major leaguer Gabe Kapler, the team's director of player development, but Roberts made an indelible impression during the interview process.
Roberts served as bench coach for San Diego during the last two seasons. He is the 10th manager since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the 28th in franchise history, replacing Don Mattingly, who parted ways with the team last month.
Brooks gets third Big Ten honor
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks earned Big Ten freshman of the week honors Monday, marking the third time this season he's won the award.
Brooks rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, including a clinching 75-yarder in Saturday's 32-23 victory over Illinois. He is the first Gophers player to win the same weekly Big Ten award three times in the same season.
He also won Oct. 12 for his performance at Purdue (176 rushing yards, one TD), and last week for his game against Iowa (86 rushing yards, one touchdown and one touchdown pass).
• Concordia (St. Paul), which is seeking its eighth consecutive national championship, will be the top seed and host for the NCAA Division II Central Region volleyball tournament Dec. 3-5. The regional also includes third-seeded Southwest Minnesota State and seventh-seeded Wayne State (Neb.) from the NSIC. The Golden Bears (27-4) will face Southwestern Oklahoma State in their opener.
• The first-ever playoff meeting between MIAC rivals St. Thomas and St. John's football will be at noon Saturday at St. Thomas. The Tommies are 11-0 and handed the Johnnies (10-1) their only loss of the season, 35-14 on Sept. 26 in Collegeville.
AROUND THE HORN
Golf: Jordan Spieth said to count him in if his sport is added to the Olympics unless he's injured or, by some miracle, the world's top-ranked golfer fails to qualify. Speaking from Australia, Spieth said Tuesday he considers golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 like a major and plans to be among the four-man American team in the 60-man field. "Winning a gold medal has got to be up there now in my mind with winning a major championship," he said.
Soccer: The United States men's team will play its March 29 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio. The Americans, who play at Guatemala on March 25, are 7-0-3 at the venue, including 6-0-2 in qualifiers. … The World Cup champion U.S. women's national team will face Costa Rica to open the eight-team CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in February. Monday's draw sets up a possible final between the United States and Canada. The top two finishers earn Olympic berths.
Tennis: The International Tennis Federation said the Davis Cup final is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the terror alert in Belgium. Belgium plays host Britain in the three-day final, starting Friday.