- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.

Abreu was playing for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and deGrom was in A-ball for the second straight year after coming back from Tommy John surgery. On Monday, the pair were runaway winners in balloting for rookies of the year.

The Chicago White Sox first baseman was voted the AL honor unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and the New York Mets pitcher won the NL award in a landslide.

One year after defecting from Cuba, the 27-year-old Abreu had a .581 slugging percentage to become the first qualifying rookie to lead the major leagues since Oakland’s Mark McGwire in 1987, according to STATS. Abreu was sixth in batting at .317, tied for fourth in home runs with 36 and fifth in RBIs with 107.



DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes and 142 points. He went 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA in his first seven starts, then won at Miami with seven scoreless innings on June 21. He went on to win nine of his last 11 decisions, compiling a 1.99 ERA, and finished 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA.

NEW YORK (AP) - For the third straight year, baseball’s free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.

All 12 free agents who were given the $15.3 million offers last week chose not to accept by Monday’s 5 p.m. EST deadline. One of the dozen, Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer, became the first major free agent to switch teams when he agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets.

World Series star Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco) also let the deadline pass, as did pitcher Max Scherzer and first baseman-designated hitter Victor Martinez (Detroit), and left-hander Francisco Liriano and catcher Russell Martin (Pittsburgh). The others were shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Los Angeles Dodgers), outfielder Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), right-hander James Shields (Kansas City), closer David Robertson (New York Yankees), outfielder Melky Cabrera (Toronto) and pitcher Ervin Santana (Atlanta).

In the three offseasons of the current collective bargaining agreement, none of the 34 qualifying offers have been accepted.

PRO FOOTBALL

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - In his 12th NFL season, Carson Palmer was having the time of his life.

A career of big numbers but little team success was reborn in the desert, where the Arizona Cardinals, at 8-1, have the best record in the NFL.

Then on Sunday, as the 34-year-old quarterback tried to evade a blitzing St. Louis Rams safety, he felt his left knee give way. Palmer knew immediately that his season was over.

Tests confirmed that it was a torn left ACL, the same knee he injured even more severely in a 2006 playoff game while with the Cincinnati Bengals. The injury came two days after he signed a three-year contract extension worth $50 million, with $20.5 million guaranteed.

Surgery will wait for another two weeks to allow the swelling to subside. The team hopes he will be ready for OTAs next summer.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The NFLPA cited “explicit language in a signed agreement” from Sept. 18, when Peterson was placed on a special commissioner’s exempt list following his indictment on felony child abuse in Texas. Peterson pleaded no contest last Tuesday to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills the terms of his probation.

The league began a review Thursday of his case under the personal conduct policy, but it said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed.

That didn’t sit well with the union.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Ray McDonald can continue playing for the San Francisco 49ers without the burden of a domestic violence case that has followed him all season.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced that it declined to file charges against the defensive lineman in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest.

Prosecutors said in a release that they had insufficient evidence to charge McDonald. They cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancee.

McDonald has played all season despite outside pressure on the 49ers to bench him. He has 24 tackles, 15 of those solo, while starting all nine games for the 49ers (5-4).

TENNIS

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Rafael Nadal’s doctor says the 14-time Grand Slam winner will receive stem cell treatment on his ailing back.

Angel Ruiz-Cotorro told The Associated Press by phone that “we are going to put cells in a joint in his spine” next week in Barcelona.

The Spanish tennis star was already sidelined for the rest of the season after having his appendix removed last week.

Ruiz-Cotorro, who has worked as a doctor for Nadal for the past 14 years, said Nadal’s back pain is “typical of tennis” players and that the treatment is meant to help repair his cartilage and is similar to stem cell treatment Nadal received on his knee last year.

He said Nadal is expected to return to training in early December.

LONDON (AP) - Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic extended his indoor winning streak with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic in his opening round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals, after Stan Wawrinka put his recent struggles behind him with an equally comfortable victory.

Djokovic moved two wins away from sealing the year-end No. 1 spot, and improved his record against the U.S. Open champion to 11-0 with a dominant display that lasted only 56 minutes.

The top-ranked Serb will next take on Wawrinka, who made the most of Tomas Berdych’s error-laced performance in a 6-1, 6-1 win earlier in the dayMonday. 0

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