|11.12.13 at 11:01 am ET|
The two MLB franchises in Florida now have the bragging rights of having the two best rookies in the league this season, as Rays outfielder Wil Myers was named the AL Rookie of the Year while Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez nabbed NL Rookie of the Year honors.
Traded from the Royals to Tampa Bay in a Dec. 9 deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City, Myers spent almost half of the 2013 season in the minor leagues before being called up on June 17. Despite playing in only 88 games this year, Myers hit .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs.
“Honestly, when I was called up that didn’t even cross my mind. As the season went on I could see I would have a chance,” Myers said. “To be able to win is just a huge honor and I’m very excited about it.”
The 22-year-old outfielder received 23 out of 30 first-place votes, besting Tigers (and former Red Sox) shortstop Jose Iglesias and Tampa pitcher Chris Archer.
Myers had an immediate impact with Tampa Bay this year, as the Rays posted a sluggish 36-33 record before Myers’ arrival but then went 56-38 after his call-up. The Rays now have won the AL Rookie of the Year award three out of the last six years (Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 and Evan Longoria in ’08).
Drafted 14th overall in the 2011 MLB draft, Fernandez was thrust into the Marlins starting rotation at the end of spring training despite having not pitched above the Single-A level in his brief baseball career. Just 20 years old at the start of the season, Fernandez was the youngest starting pitcher on a MLB roster this season.
However, Fernandez did not look like a 20-year-old rookie at all this year, as the Cuban went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 172 2/3 innings. Fernandez, a finalist for the 2013 Cy Young Award, finished ahead of Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
AL and NL Manager of the Year will be announced Tuesday, the Cy Young Awards on Wednesday and the MVPs on Thursday.
|11.12.13 at 10:16 am ET|
Broncos fans can take a deep breath, as an MRI revealed no new damage to quarterback Peyton Manning‘s right ankle.
Manning, who hurt his ankle during games against the Jaguars and Colts last month, went down in the closing minutes of the Broncos’ 28-20 win over the Chargers on Sunday after being sacked by defensive end Corey Liuget, who appeared to target Manning’s ankles on the play.
Manning, 37, stayed down on the ground after the hit and moved with a noticeable limp both on the field and in the locker room after the game.
With the news that his ankle is still structurally sound, Manning is expected to play on Sunday in Denver’s biggest game of the season so far, a Sunday night matchup against the 9-0 Chiefs.
“He’ll definitely play this week,” said interim coach Jack Del Rio. “He’s ready to roll and that’s good news.”
The Broncos will have their hands full with protecting their All-Pro quarterback, as the Chiefs are first in the NFL with 36 sacks.
“We’re definitely on high alert, wanting to protect our quarterback,” Del Rio said. “We didn’t do as well as we can and we needed to yesterday and we’ve got a big challenge going against a team that’s sacked quarterbacks more than any team in the league.”
In the days following his injury scare, both Manning and the Broncos have raised questions whether Liuget’s below-the-knee hit was legal.
“In the rules, there are certain areas you can hit and certain areas that are supposed to be protected,” Del Rio said. “And we thought that got into an area that was supposed to be protected.”
In response, Denver has sent replays of the hit to the NFL to see if Liuget deserves any disciplinary actions for his play against Manning.
Now in his second year with the Broncos, Manning has put together one of the best seasons of his storied career. The four-time MVP has thrown 33 touchdowns in nine games this year, matching Tom Brady‘s 2007 total for most touchdowns through the first nine contests of a season.
|11.12.13 at 8:05 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Coyotes at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Buffalo at Toledo, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Hartford at Florida Gulf Coast, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Quinnipiac at La Salle, 9 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at UMass, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: West Virginia at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Carolina at Baylor, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Cincinnati, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LIU-Brooklyn at Indiana, 6 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: VCU at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Grambling at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio at Ohio State, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Florida at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tennessee at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins owner Stephen Ross weighed in publicly in on his team’s bullying scandal, and he said he plans to meet with Jonathan Martin on Wednesday after exchanging text messages with the second-year offensive lineman who left the team to seek treatment following alleged harassment by Richie Incognito and other teammates.
“I look forward to that meeting,” Ross said. “I think that can help us move forward. I’d like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening. I want to hear the circumstances, the facts.”
Ross also said he would meet with Incognito, insisting, “He deserves to be heard.”
Ross spoke before Monday night’s game, a loss to the previously winless Buccaneers. He did not address an ESPN report that Martin is not likely to return to the NFL this season and feels he can’t play for the Dolphins ever again.
“It couldn’t have been a worse nightmare,” Ross said of the situation, adding that he’s formed an advisory group that includes former coaches Tony Dungy and Don Shula, and former players Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin.
“We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally,” said Ross, who expressed confidence in coach Joe Philbin but did not voice support for general manager Jeff Ireland. “This is so appalling to me. I know I’m capable of overreacting. I want to get everybody’s feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to. I don’t want to make any excuses.”
• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman walked a fine line when discussing fighting in hockey and indicated he does not believe there is enough support among league executives to change the rules at this time.
“If somebody wants to change it, there needs to be a new consensus,” he said Monday. “That’s why the discussion’s ongoing. Having said that, it continues to evolve as the game does. Four years ago, a shoulder hit to the head was not penalized. Now it’ll get you suspended. We’re going to continue to look at what we can do to keep the game physical but safe as possible.”
One of the incidents that sparked the current debate was Flyers goalie Ray Emery beating on Capitals counterpart Braden Holtby, who was an unwilling participant. Bettman said he talked to Emery and asked him if he would have done the same thing if there was a rule that a goalie who crosses the red line to fight with another goalie would get a 10-game suspension.
Said Bettman of Emery’s response: “He goes, ‘What? Are you crazy?’ ”
NHL general managers will discuss possible rule changes Tuesday at their annual meeting, and that’s believed to be one topic of discussion.
“I think the level of dialogue gets sparked by an occasional incident, and an incident of this nature when you look at everything else that is going on in the season was really a small pebble relative to a beach full of sand, which is seeing an incredibly entertaining season,” Bettman said. “I think sometimes an incident, as rare as it might be, tends to get focused on disproportionately.”
• Montreal Mayor-elect Denis Coderre got his relationship with the Canadiens off to a bad start.
Coderre, who was elected Nov. 3, tweeted during Sunday’s win over the Islanders: Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to Hamilton for David Desharnais please…
The team did not appreciate the public criticism of the struggling forward, with forward Max Pacioretty calling the comment embarrassing.
Added coach Michel Therien: “I really believe this is inappropriate from our mayor.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history when he took to the ice one month before his 17th birthday for a 3-1 loss in Toronto? Hint: He later coached the B’s.
|11.11.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
Sunday was a bad day to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Jay Cutler, Jake Locker and Seneca Wallace all were forced out of their games early, while Peyton Manning also re-aggravated his ankle injury.
Cutler left with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s 21-19 loss to the Lions. His status for the game was in question to begin with as he missed the Bears’ 27-20 win over the Packers the previous week. Josh McCown replaced Cutler and led Chicago on a touchdown-scoring drive. However, the two-point conversion failed and the Bears came up just short.
Locker, who was enjoying a breakout season for the Titans, might be lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury suffered in Tennessee’s 29-27 loss to the Jaguars. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported that the Titans believe the third-year pro’s season could be over. Locker already missed two games this season with a hip injury.
Wallace, filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers, played only one series of Green Bay’s 27-13 loss to Philadelphia, as a groin injury forced him out. Wallace replaced Rodgers last week when the Packers’ franchise quarterback went down with a fractured collarbone at the start of the team’s 27-20 loss to Chicago. Scott Tolzien replaced Wallace at quarterback, and will start next week vs. the Giants, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
• The 49ers showed Aldon Smith tough love by suspending him for over a month due to his substance abuse problems.
When Smith finally made it back on the field Sunday, after missing the past five games, San Francisco continued that tough love in the team’s 10-9 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Smith sat out the entire first quarter and totaled just 12 snaps in the entire game, despite being healthy. Smith voiced his displeasure with the decision to limit his snaps, saying he was “not really” OK with his role, but also added: “The season is long, so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t really call those shots. I just put my clothes on, put my cleats on and play.”
|11.11.13 at 11:20 am ET|
The Braves announced on Monday plans to leave Turner Field and move to a stadium more accessible to the larger contingency of their ticket-holders in 2017.
Team executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said the team opted to relocate the stadium to Cobb Country rather than renew its lease with Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority, which expires in 2016. The new stadium will seat 42,000 and cost $672 million.
Atlanta’s Twitter account tweeted: We have secured a large tract of property at this location & will work to build a world-class ballpark for our fans. #braves.
The Braves have called Turner Field their home since 1997. Structurally, Turner Field is still intact and generally regarded as one of the better stadiums in baseball. However, the move is designed to appeal to Atlanta’s core ticket-holders, many who reside in Cobb County.
|11.11.13 at 7:53 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Dolphins at Buccaneers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Lightning at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Kent State at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMKC at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Colorado State at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Kentucky at Wichita State, 1 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Saint Mary’s, 3 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Hawaii, 5 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Broncos won their first game without coach John Fox, who is recovering from heart surgery, but it ended with a scare.
Peyton Manning re-injured his right ankle while being hit by Corey Liuget in the closing minutes of Sunday’s 28-20 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Although he remained in the game, Manning limped out of the stadium and said he would have tests to determine the extent of the injury.
“Pretty sore,” Manning said of the ankle, which has been a source of trouble for him for a month. “They kind of got me twice in that lower area. I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but pretty sore. I’ll get an MRI [Monday], so I’ll know a little more then.”
Manning, who threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, originally injured the ankle last month and aggravated it the following week. He said he’s likely to suit up for Sunday night’s matchup with the undefeated Chiefs.
“I certainly plan on it, yeah,” he said. “I had [an MRI] a couple of weeks ago. I took a couple of hits today, so just kind of an update to see what it says. I’m hoping for no change.”
• A Chargers tailgater received a ticket for throwing a football in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium before a game last month.
Jesse Unger, 27, was approached by police and handed a citation, and while he says the officers told him it was for $60, he discovered online that it actually was $280.
Unger took the matter to court last week, and the judge agreed with Unger that it was ridiculous. He suspended the fine after Unger pleaded guilty to “throwing the football.”
“I couldn’t believe that I was going to admit to something that has no business being considered a crime,” he said.
Then, according to Unger, the judge complained about the Chargers’ lack of production in the running game.
The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated and determined that three other NFL venues have a similar police: Tennessee’s LP Field, Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
• The Knicks were routed by the Spurs on Sunday, 120-89, but owner James Dolan remains confident in his team. Either that, or he’s setting up coach Mike Woodson to take the fall.
While performing with his band, JD & The Straight Shot, at the Cutting Room in Manhattan, Dolan reportedly said of Wednesdays game against the Hawks: “We’re going to win the next game. That’s a guarantee.”
This came after fans started a brief “Fire Woodson” chant during Sunday’s game.
Said Woodson when asked about the fans’ reaction: “I don’t worry about that stuff. I’ve got to coach them.”
Woodson did acknowledge that his team played like one with no pride.
“No, not at all,” he said. “It’s something we’ll address [Monday] at the practice facility. It’s my job to push them through it and get them over the hump.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 11, 1999, which Red Sox skipper was named American League Manager of the Year?
|11.10.13 at 4:58 pm ET|
Embattled Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito said that the language he used with teammate Jonathan Martin was simply the way the two communicated, and said the locker-room environment in Miami is a place where threats and racial slurs were commonplace between friends and teammates.
At the same time, speaking with Fox Sports on Sunday, Incognito said he can understand why some people are upset about the language that has surfaced in the text messages and voicemails Incognito left for Martin.
“When words are put in a context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised,” Incognito said in an interview that aired Sunday. “But people don’t know how Jon and I communicate to one another. For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, ‘I will murder your whole F’ing family.’
“Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn’t think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate.”
The league continues to investigate the situation involving Incognito and Martin — Martin left the team recently because of alleged harassment and misconduct, much of which reportedly came from Incognito, who used a racial epithet to describe Martin. Incognito has been suspended as a result.
“I’m not a racist, and to judge me by that one word is wrong,” Incognito said. “In no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable for me to use that word, even if it’s friend-to-friend on a voicemail.
“It’s thrown around a lot. It’s a word that I’ve heard Jon use a lot. It’s not saying it’s right that I did it and used it in a voicemail. But it’s a lot of colorful words that are being thrown around in a locker room that we don’t use in everyday life.”
|11.08.13 at 10:13 am ET|
The Panthers on Friday fired coach Kevin Dineen and the rest of the coaching staff following Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.
The team also announced that Peter Horachek will be summoned from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio to serve as interim coach along with John Madden and Brian Skrudland.
The Panthers have gone seven games without a win and are 3-9-4 on the season.
Dineen was in his third season at the help of the Panthers. He led Florida to a 38-26-18 record in 2011-12, winning the Southeast Division before getting bounced by the Devils in the first round of the playoffs. The Panthers dipped to 15-27-6 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Florida is under new ownership this year, and minority owner Doug Cifu was in on a meeting with Dineen after Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Oilers along with general manager Dale Tallon, hockey operations director Mike Dixon and assistant general manager Mike Santos.
“The truth of the matter is we have new ownership here,” Dineen told the Miami Herald after that meeting. “When you’re spending whatever the figure is on something and you’re in a personnel based business, you’re evaluating everything on every single day at every level. Whether it’s management side, the players’ side, the coaches’ side. Those meetings are happening every day right now.”
|11.08.13 at 8:10 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Magic, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Knicks at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Kings at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Louisville at UConn, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at New Mexico, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boston College at Providence, 6 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Army vs, Air Force, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Citadel at Virginia Military, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn vs. Maryland, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Davidson at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Georgetown vs. Oregon, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Florida Gulf Coast at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: USC at Utah State, 9:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Minnesota at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• With Dolphins players defending suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito and questioning Jonathan Martin for accusations of mistreatment while appearing to be good friends with his teammate, Martin’s new lawyer released a statement Thursday night claiming that his client was physically attacked and suffered daily verbal abuse from Incognito and others, including one teammate who made vulgar comments about Martin’s sister.
“Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing,” said David Cornwell, a veteran sports labor attorney who also is representing Alex Rodriguez in his suspension appeal vs. Major League Baseball. “For the entire season and a half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. … Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.”
Giants safety Antrel Rolle‘s opinion was a common one throughout the league.
“Is Incognito wrong? Absolutely. He’s 100 percent wrong,” Rolle said. “No individual should have to go through that, especially in their workplace. But at the same time, Jonathan Martin is a 6-4, 320-pound man. I mean, at some point and time you need to stand your ground as an individual. Am I saying go attack, go fight him? No. I think we all understand we can stand our ground without anything being physical.”
Responded Cornwell: “Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates.”
Meanwhile, Incognito, who is expected to file a grievance against the Dolphins for losing his game check (worth $235,000), apparently hasn’t only been harassing Martin the last couple of years.
According to a report from a Miami television station, the troubled veteran was accused of sexually harassing a volunteer at a charity golf tournament last year. The volunteer told police that several people saw the incident and did not stop Incognito, although other people apologized for him afterward.
• Jets running back Mike Goodson was indicted on two weapons charges Thursday in New Jersey, related to his arrest in May when he was found by police stopped in his car in the middle lane of Interstate 80.
Goodson, who was suspended for the first four games of the season and then suffered a season-ending knee injury in his second game back, was hit with a second-degree charge of unlawful possession of a handgun and a fourth-degree charge of prohibited weapons and devices. He also has outstanding charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“Nothing surprising,” said Goodson’s lawyer, Tony Fusco Jr. “We had been waiting for it, at least now we start the formal procedure to get this guy exonerated.”
• Carl Pelini, who resigned as Florida Atlantic University football coach last week after allegedly admitting to using marijuana and cocaine, now says he wants his job back and claims he never acknowledged using drugs. Pelini says he was forced to resign after being confronted about his alleged transgressions.
“I denied using illegal drugs three times,” Pelini wrote in a letter to FAU officials Thursday.
Pelini, 5-15 in two seasons with the team, had a contract that specified he could be subject to firing if he used drugs. The school released two sworn affidavits — one from an assistant coach — claiming to have evidence that Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis (who also resigned) did just that.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history only to be traded one year later
|11.07.13 at 11:07 am ET|
The Revolution’s incredible late-season run has finally come to a close, as New England was eliminated by Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference semifinals after losing 4-3 on aggregate goals over a span of two games.
SKC’s Claudio Bieler scored the series-deciding goal in the 113th minute. The teams played a mandatory 30-minute overtime as they were even in goals for the series through regulation.
New England led the series 2-1 after its first game on Saturday at Gillette Stadium before losing 3-1 at Sporting Park in Kansas City on Wednesday.
The defeat was the Revolution’s first loss since Sept. 14, as New England was on a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2).
Kansas City dominated in the first half, with an 11-2 lead in shots over the first 45 minutes of play. Kansas City’s constant pressure on New England finally manifested into a goal in the 41st minute, as defender Aurelien Collin put the ball past goalie Matt Reis, tying the series at 2-2.
Entering the second half, Reis gave the Revolution new life after robbing SKC’s Dom Dwyer of a goal on two occasions in the 55th minute. Reis’ clutch play seemed to energize his team, as New England began to generate more offense as the second half wore on. New England finally broke through in the 70th minute, as Dimitry Imbongo received a pass from Kelyn Rowe and proceeded to bury it into the net.
The advantage would not last, as SKC’s Seth Sinovic scored just nine minutes later to once again tie the series at three apiece. It was Sinovic’s first goal in almost a year, as the Kansas City native had not scored since last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
With the victory, SKC advances to the Eastern Conference championship, where it will face off against Houston.
Despite the disappointing finish, 2013 was a huge bounce-back season for the Revolution, as they made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
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