|Sports in brief - Nov. 12, 2012|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:49 AM|
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels’ 21-year-old center fielder, was a unanimous pick as the youngest winner of the American League Rookie of the Year award, and 20-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper edged Arizona pitcher Wade Miley 112 points to 105 to become the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.
“It’s pretty neat,” said Trout, the son of former Minnesota minor leaguer Jeff Trout.
For the first time, players learned the voting results when they were announced on television.
Trout, who turned 21 on Aug. 7, received all 28 first-place votes from the AL panel of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008.
There could be more to come, too. Trout is among five finalists for AL MVP and is considered the chief challenger to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera for that award, which will be announced Thursday.
Yahoo Sports is apologizing for a site outage that left thousands of fantasy football players complaining of last-minute lineup problems and possible lost money on an NFL Sunday.
Ken Fuchs, head of entertainment, sports and games at Yahoo Inc., emailed players to apologize for problems with the site and its mobile apps.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NFL said the 76-yard punt return by Denver’s Trindon Holliday against Carolina on Sunday should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown.
In the second quarter of Denver’s 36-14 win, the Broncos’ 5-foot-5 returner raced up the sidelines and appeared to score. Replays showed Holliday prematurely celebrating the TD by flipping the ball out of his hands before crossing the goal line.
Replay official Bob Boylston confirmed the touchdown and, as a result, referee Alberto Riveron did not stop the game for an instant replay review.
DENVER — The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group five conferences that includes the Big East.
The tweak to the postseason format that will start in 2014 was made Monday during a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.
Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he’ll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday’s race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers’ crews.
“I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will miss at least five more weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee and may not play in a game until early January.
When Bynum was hurt in mid-September, the team initially hoped its newly acquired star would be ready for the season opener Oct. 31. Late last month, though, the Sixers said he was out indefinitely.
DALLAS — Minnesota starting center Nikola Pekovic left the Timberwolves’ game against Dallas with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return.
Pekovic fell to the ground with 2:46 left in the third quarter and limped off the floor with the help of team trainers. The 6-foot-11 center scored 20 points before leaving.
LONDON — Novak Djokovic recovered from early breaks in both sets to beat Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 7-5 in the championship match at the ATP finals.
It was Djokovic’s second victory at the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008, when the tournament was in Shanghai.
VAIL, Colo. — Lindsey Vonn has been admitted to a hospital in Vail with an undisclosed illness.
Her spokesman, Lewis Kay, had no other updates on the U.S. skier’s condition.
The four-time World Cup overall champion skipped a slalom competition in Finland last weekend to prepare for upcoming races in Aspen. She also had a promotional event lined up for last Friday in Vail, but had to cancel because she was sick.
CHICAGO — After a two-game snub, Jozy Altidore is back on the U.S. men’s roster for its final game of the season, an exhibition against Russia.
Altidore was among the 20 players named by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday’s game against the Russians, ranked ninth in the world, in Krasnodar. Klinsmann had dropped Altidore from the roster for a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers because he was disappointed with the forward’s performance in recent games and practice.
AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle says he has some hopes of returning to the PGA Tour in 2014 if he continues his current recovery from a second battle with leukemia.
The 31-year-old Lyle, who was first diagnosed with the disease at age 17, learned it had returned shortly after the recent birth of his first child, a daughter. He has since undergone chemotherapy, received a transplant of donor blood from umbilical cords and is making a strong recovery.
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Justin Rose of Britain and Peter Hanson of Sweden won the Tyco Golf Skills Challenge at the Breakers on Monday.
Rose and Hanson — teammates on this year’s Ryder Cup-winning European team — beat recent U.S. Ryder Cup rivals Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the Reverse Scramble finale on a breezy day to secure the title.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The headquarters of the IOC were closed after a burst water main sent water flooding through the building, damaging archives and knocking out power and communications.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Forrest “Dew Drop” Morgan, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the U.S. Olympic team, died.
His family said that Morgan died Saturday at AMC-Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. He was 90.