Thursday’s Sports in Brief – The San Diego Union-Tribune

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge won the American League MVP award Thursday night, and St. Louis Cardinals slacker Paul Goldschmidt won the NL award.

After hitting 62 home runs this season to break the AL record, Judge handily beat Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani in an MVP contest some thought might be close.

The 6-foot-7 outfielder received 28 of 30 first-place votes and two second-place votes for 410 points from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. Ohtani, last year’s winner, was first in two ballots and second in the other 28 for 280 points. Jordan Alvarez of the World Series champion Houston Astros finished third.

Now a free agent, Judge broke the AL record of 61 homers set by Yankees slacker Roger Maris in 1961.

Judge, the highest MVP in major league history, also led the majors in runs (133), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), OPS (1.111), extra-base hits ( 90) and total bases (391) to help the Yankees win the AL East. He tied for the big league lead with 131 RBI and was second in the AL with a .311 batting average.

Goldschmidt picked up the NL trophy for the first time after a couple of close calls early in his career. The 35-year-old first baseman received 22 of 30 first-place votes and eight runners-up from a separate BBWAA panel. San Diego third baseman Manny Machado finished second with 291 runs.

Goldschmidt batted .317 with 35 home runs, 115 RBI and a league-leading .981 OPS.

NEW YORK (AP) — The ball that New York Yankees slacker Aaron Judge hit for his American League-record 62nd homer has gone up for auction.

Cory Youmans, who seized the opportunity, sold his rights to the Goldin auction house, whose founder says it “almost certainly” will bring the highest price ever paid for a baseball. The opening bid for the ball is $1 million.

Judge’s October 4 homer against Texas broke the AL record set by another Yankee, Roger Maris, in 1961. Bidding on the ball begins November 29 and runs through December 17.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been officially announced.

The 27-year-old Lewis was a star player during the shortened 2020 season, batting .262 with 11 homers and 28 RBI. Hummel – who is also 27 – just wrapped up his rookie season, spending time both in the outfield and behind the plate. He hit .176 with three homers and 17 RBI in 176 at-bats.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Texas Rangers will host the 2024 All-Star Game, commissioner Rob Manfred announced.

Speaking at the conclusion of the owners’ meetings, Manfred said the game will be held on July 16, 2024 at Globe Life Field, a stadium with a retractable roof. The 2023 All-Star Game is set for Seattle.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres reliever Robert Suarez has signed a five-year, $46 million contract.

The 31-year-old right-hander was 5-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 45 games last season. The deal includes a player waiver clause after the 2025 season.

SOCCER

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — The Buffalo Bills’ home game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns was moved to Detroit due to a lake-effect snowstorm.

The move to relocate the game comes before the storm has even begun. The forecast is for between 1 and 3 feet of snow in the region over the weekend. The site switch means the Bills will play back-to-back games in Detroit. They have to play against the Lions on Thanksgiving.

The league made the decision on safety concerns and in consultation with the Bills and local and state officials.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Commanders are being sued again by the District of Columbia, this time accused of plotting to cheat fans out of ticket money.

DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced the commencement of a civil court case against the NFL team for its actions in taking season ticket holders’ money and keeping it for its own purposes.

It’s the second civil lawsuit filed by Racine’s office in eight days, after he filed a complaint in DC Superior Court last week that the commanders, owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league colluded to fooling fans about an investigation into the team’s workplace culture.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is joining the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The Eagles and Suh agreed on a one-year contract, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the signing. Suh posted an eagle emoji on Twitter.

BASKETBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession in a Russian penal colony, her attorneys and agent said.

Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, about 210 miles (350 kilometers) east of Moscow, after a Russian court last month rejected her appeal against the sentence.

Downtown Phoenix came under arrest in February when customs officers said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in his luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A psychologist who worked for the San Antonio Spurs has settled her lawsuit against the team and former player Josh Primo over allegations that he exposed himself to her multiple times in private sessions.

Hillary Cauthen worked as a performance psychologist for the team. In a lawsuit filed this month in Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, she accused 19-year-old Primo of exposing her genitals nine times “despite his numerous complaints about Primo’s improper sexual conduct to the organization’s leadership.”

The settlement comes as the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate allegations against Primo.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — X-rays on LaMelo Ball’s left ankle were negative, but the Charlotte Hornets All-Star point guard has already been ruled out Friday night against Cleveland.

Coach Steve Clifford said it’s too soon to know how long Ball will miss after spraining his ankle for the second time in a loss to the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night. Ball injured his ankle for the first time on October 10 in a preseason game.

GOLF

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko began her quest for the biggest prize in women’s golf history by hitting a tree and bogeying on a par 5. The rest of the day in the CME Group Tour Championship couldn’t have gone better.

Ko responded with eight birdies, including four straight late in the round at Tiburon Golf Club, that lifted her to a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead into the season finale of the LPGA tour.

There is so much at stake this week, even beyond the $2 million prize to the winner. Ko has a one-point lead in the race for LPGA Tour Player of the Year. It would appear to be a lock to win the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Both are worth one point in his bid to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Thailand’s Danielle Kang and Pajaree Anannarukarn were at 66, Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim were at 67 and the group at 68 included Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Cole Hammer would have been happy with pars in the cold and windy Sea Island. He finished with more birdies than he imagined for an 8-under 64 and tied low score after one round of the RSM Classic.

Hammer, who graduated from Texas in May, shared low scoring with another Longhorn alum, Beau Hossler, whose 6-under 64 has come down to the host Seaside Course, who hit about two harder strokes at par.

England’s Callum Tarren also hit a 64 at Seaside, while Ben Griffin hit a 7-under 65 on the Plantation pitch. Griffin had a great shot at winning in Bermuda three weeks ago until it was a hard nine. In the last official PGA Tour event of 2022, he could get another one.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon is relaxing the requirement for all-white clothing to allow players to wear colored shorts to be more comfortable during menstruation.

Wimbledon’s strict all-white dress policy for players is one of the best-known features of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, but the All England Club said it had decided to update the rules after discussions “with the WTA, apparel manufacturers and medical teams on how to best support women and girls competing at championships.” The new rules state that women can now “wear solid-colored, medium/dark-colored shorts, provided they do not are longer than shorts or a skirt”.

All other dress and accessory requirements remain unchanged, including the stipulation that “competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire which is almost entirely white”.

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Taylor Fritz advanced to the final four in the ATP Finals, defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the year-end tournament.

The American will face five-time champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Casper Ruud had already booked his place in the semifinals but lost 7-5, 7-5 to already eliminated Rafael Nadal. Ruud will face the winner of a Friday match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.

UNIVERSITY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 14 in Los Angeles to finalize a decision on UCLA’s planned move to the Big Ten Conference.

The regents set the date during a meeting in San Francisco, the second public session where the move was discussed.

UCLA announced June 30 that it would be leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten in 2024, a decision that quickly drew the ire of Governor Gavin Newsom. In 1991, campus registrars were delegated by the UC President’s Office to execute their contracts, including intercollegiate athletic agreements. But the regents heard at an August meeting that they retain the authority to review decisions impacting the UC system, which means they could affirm, overturn, or refrain from following through on UCLA’s decision.

The private University of Southern California is also moving to the Big Ten.

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