Benintendi’s agent fired for allegedly using shower camera to record clients

A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower.

CSE Talent, the agency headed by Lonnie Cooper, said in a statement Wednesday that it had fired Jason Wood, who had headed its baseball division since last April.

FanRag Sports reported a player, whom it did not identify, discovered the camera while using a shower at Wood’s home.

Wood was suspended Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, which was informed of the allegation earlier in the day by CSE. The union, which certifies agents, said it will give Wood a chance to respond. Wood did not respond to an email seeking comment and did not answer his cellphone. His clients included Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.

Major League Baseball declined comment.

The Marlins will host the Cubs in this year’s major league opener on March 29, the earliest start in the sport’s history excluding international openers.

The game at Marlins Park is scheduled for 12:40 p.m., a half-hour before the Mets start at home against St. Louis and Detroit hosts Pittsburgh. Every team is scheduled to open on the same day for the first time since 1968, and the season starts on a Thursday for the first time since 2011.

The Red Sox will open at Tampa Bay.

Slugger Khris Davis and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, more than doubling his salary and avoiding an arbitration hearing next month.

Davis had career bests of 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 153 games last season.

Two people familiar with the negotiations say free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce is set to return to the New York Mets after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract.

Closer Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians reached agreement on a $10,575,000, one-year contract.


KOOYONG CLASSIC: Novak Djokovic was impressive in his first competitive match in six months on Wednesday, a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem at Melbourne, Australia.

Djokovic displayed few signs of rust after his lengthy time away, hitting penetrating groundstrokes deep into the corners, moving extremely well and volleying with precision.

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL: Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Wednesday, but later withdrew from her next match because of a right thigh injury, handing a walkover to her quarterfinal opponent Daria Gavrilova.

Agnieszka Radwanksa advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis. Radwanska will play Camila Giorgi, who beat two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7), 6-2.

ASB CLASSIC: Top-seeded and defending champion Jack Sock bowed out in the second round at Auckland, New Zealand, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk on a bad day for American players.

Third-seeded Sam Querrey, fourth-seeded John Isner and unseeded Steve Johnson were also beaten in second-round matches.


LEAGUE CUP: The strain of playing five games in two weeks caught up with Arsenal and Chelsea as the London rivals labored to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their semifinal.

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