Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Tuesday's Sports In Brief
November 13, 2013, 4:09 am
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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) Two championships and eight successful seasons in Boston brought Terry Francona exactly zero first-place votes in Manager of the Year balloting.

It took him one year with the surprising Cleveland Indians to bag the prize.

Francona and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates won the Manager of the Year awards Tuesday after guiding their small-budget teams to charming turnarounds.

In a close vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America panel, Francona edged old friend John Farrell of the World Series champion Red Sox 112 points to 96 for the American League honor.

Hurdle was a runaway winner in the NL, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots after taking the Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Marlon Byrd moved across Pennsylvania to Philadelphia.

As the offseason market for trades and free-agent signings gets underway, Major League Baseball is considering some pretty radical changes for the entire sport next season.

Expanded instant replay for umpires' calls is virtually certain to be in place by opening day, and there's a chance a rule could be adopted to prevent runners from bowling over catchers at the plate.

''There's a pretty good possibility that something eventually will happen,'' MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said on the second day of the annual general managers' meetings.

Outside the formal meeting room, Byrd and Philadelphia agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, a huge step up from the $800,000 the outfielder earned this year from the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

And catcher Brayan Pena finalized a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds worth $2,275,000. They were the first of the 168 major league free agents to switch teams this offseason.

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's mayor said that the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017.

Mayor Kasim Reed said at a news conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County in three years.

''We're going to have a master developer that is going to demolish the Ted and we're going to have one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had,'' he said, referring to the stadium's nickname.

The mayor said Atlanta had hoped to keep the team in the city but could not afford to do so. He says the city would have had to take on $150 million to $250 million in debt to make the improvements the Braves wanted at Turner Field.

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PRO FOOTBALL

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Jonathan Martin's meeting with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was postponed until after the tackle talks with a special investigator about the team's harassment scandal.

Ross had planned to meet Wednesday with Martin in California. On Tuesday, the Dolphins said the NFL requested that the meeting be delayed until after their investigator talks this week with Martin.

RIVERSIDE, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, throwing his status for a pivotal AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos into question.

Bowe was pulled over for going about 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, police in suburban Riverside said. Police said an officer smelled ''a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle,'' and asked Bowe and two passengers to get out of the car.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Broncos coach John Fox says the only change he plans to make following open-heart surgery is his vantage point.

''My goal and dream is to be there (on the sideline) before the conclusion of the season,'' Fox told Denver media during a conference call from his Charlotte, N.C., home where he's convalescing from surgery to fix a genetic heart defect.

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans released nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and put running back Arian Foster on injured reserve, the latest blows in a disaster of a season.

Reed missed the first two games after hip surgery and was recently relegated to a backup role. On Friday, he expressed his displeasure at not starting. On Sunday, after Houston's seventh straight loss, he publicly criticized the team and said they had been outplayed and outcoached in the team's first full game without coach Gary Kubiak, who is recovering from a mini-stroke.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Native American leaders used a meeting at the White House to thank President Barack Obama for wading into the controversy over the Washington Redskins team name and voicing his concern that the nickname was offensive.

Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation, which has led efforts to get the National Football League team to change its name, thanked the president for speaking out. Other tribal leaders responded with applause during the meeting in the Roosevelt Room.

In an October interview with The Associated Press, Obama said that if he owned the Redskins he would consider changing the name. He said that while fans get attached to nicknames, nostalgia isn't a good enough reason to keep a name that offends ''a sizable group of people.''

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It appears that Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer won't be speaking to reporters for quite a while.

Coach Urban Meyer said that Spencer wouldn't speak with the media for ''a long, long time'' after saying a day earlier that Ohio State would ''wipe the field'' with Alabama and whoever is No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

''I guess I'm a little biased, but I think we'd, uh, we'd wipe the field with both of them,'' Spencer said, chuckling. ''But that's just my bias speaking.''

Currently, Alabama is No. 1 and Florida State No. 2 in the BCS rankings. Ohio State is No. 3.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A high school football player in Arizona died from an injury suffered in the fourth quarter of a blowout playoff game loss, serving as another tragic reminder of the dangers of head trauma in youth sports.

Hopi High School senior Charles Youvella died of a traumatic brain injury Monday at a hospital, the Arizona Interscholastic Association said. He was injured Saturday in Hopi's 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran in a first-round playoff game. Youvella scored his team's only touchdown in the game.

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PRO BASKETBALL

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West for 16th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Nowitzki made consecutive 3-pointers against Washington to reach 25,194 points, two ahead of West.

The 11-time All-Star and 2007 MVP was struggling from the field before a loose ball bounced to him above the key. He grabbed it, turned and hit a shot to get within a point of West's record.

On Dallas' next possession, Gal Mekel passed to Nowitzki a few feet left of the previous spot, and Nowitzki pulled up and hit another from long range. The bucket that put him ahead of West gave him 16 points for the game.

Nowitzki ended up 8 of 19 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists and steals. He has 25,197 points for his career. Reggie Miller is 15th on the scoring list with 25,279 points.

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AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne said that he has multiple sclerosis and he does not expect it to impact his racing career.

Bayne, who in 2011 became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history, will still compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales. Bayne's younger sister, Sarah, also has multiple sclerosis.

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