Six years ago, the Red Sox found their manager in Southern New England. Stamford native Bobby Valentine would last one season in the corner office at Fenway Park before the Red Sox sent him pedaling out of town on his bike. His replacement, John Farrell, won a World Series in his first year and captured two American League East titles over the past two years, but he was fired by president Dave Dombrowski Wednesday. So will the Red Sox again look to a Connecticut native for the big job? Brad Ausmus, New Haven born and Cheshire raised, has been pegged as a candidate to replace Farrell. Ausmus, who grew up as a Red Sox fan thanks to his Brookline, Mass-raised mother Linda, interviewed for the position when Farrell was hired and wound up landing the Tigers’ job two years later. Who hired him? Dombrowski, then the Detroit general manager. Ausmus was fired by the Tigers after four years at the wheel, yet he is considered a hot prospect — the Mets are reportedly interested and Dombrowski remains fond of him. Could the Dartmouth graduate and the son of a former Southern Connecticut professor bring his intellectual weight to the Hub of the Universe? He’s on the early list, with such names as Alex Cora, Jason Varitek, Gary DiSarcina, Chili Davis and Ron Gardenhire.
Isaiah Thomas’ basketball life is good — he is moving to the Cleveland Cavaliers and will be running with LeBron James. But Thomas, who will miss the start of the season because of a hip injury, is still perplexed by his trade from the Celtics. He tells Sports Illustrated the trade “still doesn’t make sense” and still feels nothing but love for Boston. Danny Ainge? Thomas, who lost his sister in a car accident and played through the injury during the playoffs, is bitter. “I might not ever talk to Danny again,” Thomas told SI. “That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too.” … The Division III Albright College football team has dismissed sophomore Gyree Durante after the backup quarterback knelt during the national anthem Saturday. A spokesperson for the Reading, Pa., school said the decision was recommended by a leadership council composed of 24 student-athletes. “At some point in life, there's going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Durante told NBC 10 in Philadelphia. “For me, it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon. I was just taught you fight for what you believe in, and you don’t bow to anyone. So I believe heavily in this. So I decided to fight for it.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with his team Wednesday after threatening to bench players who do not stand for the anthem. According to ESPN, Jones told players that he was speaking out in an effort to deflect attention away from them by playing the “bad guy.” Jones has said he has spoken to President Donald Trump, who has made the NFL anthem protests a priority by continually tweeting about the issue. The ESPN story reports Jones asked his players to consider the business side of the game, including sponsors and TV ratings. How will the players react to their owners’ plea? Find out Oct. 22, when Dallas visits San Francisco after a bye week. … The guy who made UConn football relevant is hanging up his helmet. Dan Orlovsky announced Wednesday he is retiring, 12 years after he was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Orlovsky, of Shelton, took snaps in 26 NFL games for the Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released by the Rams just before the season. Nice career for a guy who played college ball at a program in its Division I infancy.