Wednesday's Sports in Brief

Wednesday's Sports in Brief
November 15, 2012, 6:54 am
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NEW YORK (AP) David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball's Cy Young awards on Wednesday.

Price barely beat out 2011 winner Justin Verlander for the American League prize in one of the closest votes ever. Dickey was an easy choice for the NL honor in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The 38-year-old Dickey became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, an achievement mentors such as Hall of Famer Phil Niekro are quite proud of.

``I am not a self-made man by any stretch of the imagination,'' Dickey said on MLB Network. ``This is a victory for all of us.''

Runner-up two years ago, Price was the pick this time by the slimmest of margins. He received 14 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 153 points to 149 for Verlander, chosen first on 13 ballots.

Other than a 1969 tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain, it was the tightest race in the history of the AL award.

MIAMI (AP) - The attendance-challenged Miami Marlins have antagonized fans yet again by deciding a low-budget team is good enough for their new ballpark.

A blockbuster trade sending three stars to Toronto could save Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria $150 million, which prompted a backlash from South Floridians angered by the team's latest payroll purge.

``Everybody in the world wants to talk about the Marlins and the fact they're now a Triple-A team,'' said city commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who was an opponent of the ballpark project. ``The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from a baseball standpoint, it won't be viewed by the general public as a positive move.''

DETROIT (AP) - Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter agreed to a $26 million, two-year deal with Detroit, giving the Tigers a capable corner outfielder coming off an impressive season at age 37.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, confirmed the deal and said Hunter has a physical scheduled for Friday. Hunter hit a career-best .313 last season for the Los Angeles Angels with 16 home runs and 92 RBIs.

PRO FOOTBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger's sprained right shoulder is just the start of his problems.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night's win against Kansas City. Roethlisberger sprained the SC joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern.

Roethlisberger said doctors are concerned the rib could cut into his aorta. He's already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place, though Roethlisberger doesn't believe the injuries will end his season.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - An angry Rex Ryan addressed his New York Jets players for some anonymous quotes ripping Tim Tebow in a newspaper report, calling the comments ``a cowardly thing.''

Ryan, whose Jets are 3-6 and have lost three straight, said he has no respect for players who say things to the media without putting their names to their comments.

A report in the Daily News says that more than a dozen players and members of the Jets organization believe there's no chance Tebow could overtake Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job - with one saying of the backup: ``He's terrible.''

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did not practice, but has not yet been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Vick suffered a concussion in the second quarter of a 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys four days ago. Backup Nick Foles, a rookie, took the first-team snaps at Wednesday's practice and would make his first career start should Vick not be able to play.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's status for this week remained in question because of a concussion.

Coach Lovie Smith said Cutler is ``feeling a whole lot better'' after sitting out the second half of Sunday's loss to Houston. Whether he'll be ready to play against San Francisco on Monday night is another issue.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says DeAngelo Hall has been fined $30,000 for his confrontation with an official in the Washington Redskins' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last month.

The person said Wednesday that Hall will not be suspended for the incident late in the Steelers' 27-12 win Oct. 28.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL hasn't announced the fine.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

A person familiar with the contract said it was worth about $80 million per year through 2026. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the agreement were not being made public and details were still pending.

The Big 12 and SEC recently picked the Sugar Bowl as the site of their new marquee game, starting in the 2014 season.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M police said freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson is missing.

The department says that the 18-year-old was last seen leaving his residence in College Station on Monday at 5 p.m. Johnson went to high school in Dallas and police believe he might have traveled to that area.

Lt. Allan Baron said no other details were available.

CYCLING

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong's cancer fighting charity has formally dropped him from its name and will officially be known as the Livestrong Foundation.

The move is the latest of several by the charity to separate itself from its founder since he was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles. The U.S. Anti-doping agency revealed evidence of performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his teammates.

PRO HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) - Now the NHL and the locked-out players' association aren't even talking by phone.

With the lockout about to enter its third month, communications between the fighting sides have come to a halt with no clear sign of what the next step will be or when it will be taken.

``No, we have not communicated today,'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email. ``No meetings scheduled, and no plans to meet.''

After four straight days of negotiations in New York last week, talks broke off angrily Friday night. Discussions resumed on Sunday, solely regarding player contract terms, but that meeting ended after only 90 minutes.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA filed a formal appeal with the NCAA regarding freshman Shabazz Muhammad being ruled ineligible to play basketball for violating amateurism rules.

Coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference that the case is expected to be heard by NCAA appeals committee on Friday and the school hopes to have a resolution shortly thereafter.

SKIING

Lindsey Vonn was released from a hospital in Colorado, although details of her illness remain unclear and there is no indication of when she can begin skiing again.

``Lindsey is feeling much better today and has been released from the hospital,'' Vonn's publicist, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email. ``She is resting comfortably at home. Doctors are still working to determine what specifically was the cause of her illness, but thankfully she has responded well to their treatment. ... We do not know when she will be able to return to the mountain and will update as her health improves.''

The four-time overall World Cup champion and Olympic downhill gold medalist was admitted to the hospital in Vail on Monday and stayed two nights.

On Tuesday, Kay said Vonn was ``awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain,'' but his latest statement did not specify the reason for the hospitalization.

OLYMPICS

LONDON (AP) - Three men were charged with fraud as part of an investigation into allegations that Premier League club Tottenham spied on Olympic officials during its failed bid to take over London's Olympic Stadium.

The men arrested were identified as Richard Forrest, Lee Stewart and Howard Hill. They were ordered to appear in court on Nov. 28.