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Sports Briefs

- - Monday, November 7, 2011

SOCCER

United's De Rosario among three finalists for MLS MVP

Dwayne De Rosario may not have led D.C. United back to the playoffs this year, but the prolific playmaker did enough to land on the shortlist for MLS Most Valuable Player honors.

De Rosario, who claimed the league's Golden Boot with 16 goals and 12 assists, was named an MVP finalist Monday along with Houston's Brad Davis and Dallas' Brek Shea.

The Canadian this year became the only player in MLS history to score with three teams in one season. After starting the campaign with Toronto, De Rosario was traded to New York in April before being shipped to D.C. in June. In 18 games with United, De Rosario notched 13 goals and seven assists.

MLS also recognized United forward Charlie Davies and defender Perry Kitchen among its award finalists announced Monday.

Davies, who scored 11 goals in his first season after suffering severe injuries in an October 2009 car accident, is up for Comeback Player of the Year. Kitchen, the No. 3 pick in January's SuperDraft out of Akron, will compete for Rookie of the Year after leading in United in minutes played.

The league will announce its Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, Comeback Player of the Year on Nov. 14 and MVP on Nov. 18.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

GMU's Cornelius to stay suspended for first 10 games

George Mason senior guard Andre Cornelius will remain suspended for the Patriots' first 10 regular-season games, the school announced Monday.

Cornelius was suspended indefinitely in September after being arrested for credit card fraud. Cornelius, who is on track to graduate in May, will be eligible to play against Duquesne on Dec. 21, a day after the conclusion of the fall academic semester.

"The judicial process has been completed and Andre will be able to move forward practicing with the team and working towards his degree," Mason coach Paul Hewitt said in a statement. "He has admitted that he made a mistake and accepted responsibility for it. We look forward to having him rejoin us on the court in December."

BASEBALL

Royals ship Cabrera to Giants for Sanchez

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on Monday. Cabrera hit .305 with 44 doubles, 18 home runs and 87 RBI in his only season in Kansas City. Sanchez struggled most of this season, partly because of biceps tendinitis, going 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR hits Kyle Busch with $50,000 fine for wreck

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR fined Kyle Busch $50,000 on Monday and placed him on probation through the end of the year for wrecking Ron Hornaday under caution during a Camping World Truck Series race at Texas on Friday.

Busch was scheduled to run only in the Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Phoenix. Busch became the first driver since Robby Gordon in 2007 to be suspended from a Cup race. Kevin Harvick was suspended in 2002.

From wire dispatches and staff reports