- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014


NEW YORK (AP) - Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon were selected as finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Mariota is considered the clear the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football’s most famous player of the year trophy.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top defensive player. The sophomore had 89 tackles - 27 for loss - and 14 sacks, helping the 12th-ranked Wildcats earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a “very treatable and potentially curable” form of cancer.

Berry had been undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta since an MRI exam nearly two weeks ago showed a mass on the right side of his chest. At the time, doctors were still uncertain whether the mass was cancerous, but further testing revealed the lymphoma.

Dr. Christopher Flowers, who directs the lymphoma program at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, said Berry will undergo “standard chemotherapy approaches” to treat the disease. Flowers did not provide a timetable or prognosis for recovery.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears star receiver Brandon Marshall was placed on injured reserve because of rib and lung injuries and will miss the rest of the season.

Marshall broke two ribs and hurt his lung in Thursday’s 41-28 loss to Dallas. The five-time Pro Bowl receiver was hit in the right side by the knee of Dallas defensive back Barry Church after making a catch and was taken from the stadium in an ambulance.

Marshall is out of the hospital, but he won’t be suiting up again this season.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - The doors to baseball’s Hall of Fame remained shut to this year’s Golden Era committee candidates.

Nine players and one executive whose primary contributions were from 1947-72 all failed to receive the 75 percent of the vote needed for election.

Dick Allen and Tony Oliva came closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Jim Kaat appeared on 10 ballots, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight.

Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant each received three or fewer votes, as did the late Cincinnati Reds general manager Bob Howsam.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - David Robertson is leaving the New York Yankees after one season as closer, agreeing to a $46 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

A right-hander who turns 30 in April, Robertson had spent his seven-year big league career with the Yankees. He took over from Mariano Rivera as New York’s closer last season and saved 39 games in 44 chances.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians acquired first baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss, an All-Star this season who had hip surgery in October, from Oakland for minor league infielder Joey Wendle.

The 31-year-old Moss batted .234 with 25 homers and 81 RBIs in a career-high 147 games for the A’s. He hit .268 with 21 homers in the first half of the season to earn his first All-Star selection, but a nagging hip problem cut into his production.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jason Hammel agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract to return to the Chicago Cubs, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. The pitcher’s deal includes a $12 million club option for 2017 with a $2 million buyout.

The 32-year-old right-hander was 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 17 starts for the Cubs before he was traded to Oakland on July 5 with pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Hammel went 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA for the Athletics.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $68.5 million, six-year contract.

Arizona said the deal was signed Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

Tomas, 24, hit .375 (6 for 16) for Cuba with two homers and five RBIs in last year’s World Baseball Classic. The Diamondbacks may shift him to third base.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Paul MacLean was fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators, less than 18 months since he was the NHL’s coach of the year.

The coaching dismissal was the first in the NHL this season and comes with the team off to an 11-11-5 start. Team executives had problems with MacLean dating to last season when the Senators missed the playoffs.

Assistant Dave Cameron is the new coach, general manager Bryan Murray said at a news conference. Cameron has never been an NHL head coach and his first game behind the bench will be at home Thursday against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.

The NHL suspended Winnipeg forward Evander Kane for two games for boarding Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner during the Jets’ 4-3 loss on Sunday.

Kane loses $56,451.62 in salary, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


MONACO (AP) - The IOC approved a wide-ranging reform package, including a more affordable bidding process, creation of an Olympic television channel and a more flexible sports program that could bring baseball and softball into the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The IOC also approved the rewording of non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation - a move that followed the controversy over Russia’s law against gay “propaganda” ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The International Olympic Committee voted in favor of the new rules on the opening day of a special session to adopt President Thomas Bach’s 40-point “Olympic Agenda 2020” program, the biggest changes in the IOC in decades.

All the recommendations were approved unanimously in one day, rather than the scheduled 1 1/2 days.


SAO PAULO (AP) - Doctors said Pele is expected to be discharged from a Brazilian hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after being admitted to treat a urinary tract infection.

The Albert Einstein hospital said the soccer great “continues to improve” and there are “no signs of the infection” that prompted his hospitalization on Nov. 24. The infection stemmed from surgery on Nov. 13 to remove kidney stones.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas forward Jamari Traylor was suspended for Wednesday night’s game at Georgetown after he was arrested last weekend for interfering with a police officer.

Coach Bill Self said Traylor would travel with the No. 10 Jayhawks but would not play against the Hoyas.


Martina Navratilova has agreed to coach Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up and No. 6 in this season’s final WTA rankings.

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