Columbus and New York City try to overcome distractions as they jockey for playoff positioning on the final day of the MLS season Sunday. The Crew (16-12-5) has the most daunting task. The players were caught off guard but Crew captain Wil Trapp, a native of the Columbus suburb of Gahanna, said the focus remains on NYC.
A person familiar with the decision says the New York Mets have hired Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their manager. Callaway receives a three-year contract, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made yet. A news conference to introduce Callaway is expected within the next few days. With his contract set to expire, Terry Collins stepped down at the end of the season after seven years as Mets manager and accepted a position as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson. The 42-year-old Callaway has been Cleveland's pitching coach for the past five seasons under highly successful manager Terry Francona. Led by ace right-hander