Scherzer, Kershaw grab Cy Youngs
UNDATED (AP) — Detroit's Max Scherzer is runaway winner for the American League Cy Young Award, getting 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.
Scherzer had a dream season in 2013, winning his first 13 games before finishing with a 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA.
For the second time in three years, the National League Cy Young Award goes to the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. He had a Major League best ERA of 1.83, a league high 232 strikeouts and a 16-9 record. Kershaw picked up all but one of the first-place votes.
Punto goes to Dodgers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Infielder Nick Punto (POON'-toh) has agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics following a little more than a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal includes an option for 2015 that could become guaranteed.
The 36-year-old hit .255 this year with two home runs and 21 runs batted in in 116 games.
Pedrioa has thumb surgery
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to be ready for Boston's opener at Baltimore on March 31 after surgery on his left thumb. The operation was to repair the ulnar collateral ligament that was injured on opening day. The 2008 AL MVP appeared in 160 games, batting .301 with 42 doubles and 84 RBIs while helping the Red Sox win the World Series for the second time in his seven-year career.
'Noles Winston being investigated
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago. The university and Winston's attorney confirmed today that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.
Police officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston by name, but it says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7.
It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 inches and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State as being 6-4.
AP source: Briles gets extension
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor coach Art Briles has agreed to a new 10-year contract with the fourth-ranked Bears, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press today.
The new deal goes into effect after this season, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity tonight because the private university does not release contract details.
Briles is 41-30 at Baylor, which is 8-0 for the first time in school history and the only undefeated team in the Big 12. The Bears are fifth in the BCS standings and have won a school-record 12 games in a row.
Coach to return
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) will coach the Texans on Sunday against Oakland after missing the last game recovering from a mini-stroke. Kubiak, who returned to work on Monday, says that doctors have limited his work this week but that he will lead the team when the Texans try to break a franchise-record seven-game losing streak against the Raiders.
Manning fails to practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nursing a sore right ankle Peyton Manning was a no-show for practice with the Broncos. Manning was injured when he was hit by a Chargers defensive lineman last Sunday.
The Broncos reported no further damage to Manning's ankle after an MRI on Monday. Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the quarterback's status for practice would be determined during the week but that Manning would definitely play Sunday night against Kansas City.
Manning has been dealing with sore ankles since last month when he took hits in games against Jacksonville and Indianapolis in back-to-back weeks.
Bowe will start
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start Sunday night's AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos after his arrest for speeding and alleged possession of marijuana over the weekend. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that he was bound by terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining Bowe, who was pulled over for speeding. A search of his vehicle revealed what police suspect was marijuana.
Former Raiders' star dies
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Todd Christensen has died from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57. After playing for Brigham Young, Christensen was a second-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 NFL draft. He was waived by the Cowboys after training camp but landed the next year with the Raiders, where he played for 10 seasons at tight end. After his retirement in 1988, he went on to a career in broadcasting and most recently worked for CBS Sports Network.
Front office shuffle in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier (ruh-GEER'). They have rehired Ted Nolan to coach the team and hired Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations. Nolan served as the Sabres coach from 1995-97 while LaFontaine starred for the team from 1991-97. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Buffalo is off to a 4-15-1 start, the worst in franchise history.
Big MAC matchup tonight
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) — The Mid-American Conference takes center stage in college football tonight as No. 20 Northern Illinois plays host to 9-1 Ball State. The 9-0 Huskies are going for their 25th straight home game victory. Each team is undefeated in conference play, with the Huskies 5-0 and the Cardinals 6-0. Northern has won the last four games in the series, which Ball State leads 20-18-2.
The cost of bolting a conference
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Louisville has agreed to pay the American Athletic Conference an $11 million exit fee so the Cardinals can join the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Louisville announced last year that it planned to leave what was then called the Big East and join the ACC.
Conference bylaws for the American require members to give two years' notice and pay a $10 million exit fee.
The person familiar with the situation says the school agreed to pay the conference an extra $1 million after amicable negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not disclosed.
School brass back Muschamp
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida officials defend football coach Will Muschamp.
Athletic director Jeremy Foley and school president Bernie Machen tell the school's website they are fully committed to keeping Muschamp around to fix the team's problems.
The Gators are mired in their second four-game losing streak in Muschamp's three seasons and are facing the possibility of missing a bowl game for the first time since 1990. If the Gators don't upset either No. 11 South Carolina or second-ranked Florida State this month, the program would have its first losing record since 1979.
Former NFLer Hurd gets 15 years
DALLAS (AP) — Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears.
The 28-year old pleaded guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
Authorities say that during his playing days, Hurd was fashioning a separate identity as a wannabe drug kingpin with a focus on "high-end deals" and a need for large amounts of drugs.