Cabrera, Posey named MVPs
Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown. And Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring. The pair of batting champions won baseball's top individual honors Thursday by large margins.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he is examining the pending blockbuster trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays and is aware of the fan anger in South Florida. Miami has agreed to send All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto for a group of the Blue Jays' top prospects.
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The Seattle Mariners say they will install the largest scoreboard video screen in the major leagues at Safeco Field during the off-season. The Mariners' new screen will be nearly 10 times the size of the current one. The team says the viewing area will be the equivalent of about 2,182 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
Ex-AD Newton gets Lapchick Award
Former Kentucky athletics director C.M. Newton, Cathy Rush, Morgan Wootten and the late Pete Newell, all members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, have been honored with the Lapchick Character Award. The ceremony was held Thursday and the four were honored with the award that recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, a Hall of Famer who coached at St. John's and with the New York Knicks.
Harbaugh undergoes heart procedure
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat. The team said it anticipates Harbaugh will be back at the 49ers facility Friday, though it's unclear in what capacity. No details about the procedure were given.
D'Antoni coaches first Lakers practice
Although Mike D'Antoni is still on crutches after his recent knee surgery, he's already at work with the Los Angeles Lakers. D'Antoni coached his first practice with his new team Thursday, four days after the Lakers hired him to replace Mike Brown. The former Knicks and Suns coach had knee replacement surgery earlier this month, delaying his arrival to take over the star-studded roster that got off to a 1-4 start to the season. Los Angeles has gone 2-1 since Brown's firing.
The winless Washington Wizards have waived Jannero Pargo and signed free-agent guard Shaun Livingston, bringing back a player they hope can help fill the void until John Wall returns from injury. Pargo appeared in all seven of Washington's games during its 0-7 start, averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.
Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen will take the stage in the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol." The Chicago theater said Thursday that Pippen will appear in the Dec. 14 production with 7-year-old La'Ren Kimble from Make-A-Wish Illinois. La'Ren is from Rockford and has kidney cancer. The Make-A-Wish Foundation says she loves acting and being in the limelight.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent Josh Howard, pending a physical. The Wolves announced the agreement Thursday, one day after they lost at home to Charlotte with six of their top seven players out. Minnesota is missing Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, JJ Barea, Nikola Pekovic and Brandon Roy because of injuries.
ACC, ESPN agree to Orange Bowl deal
The Atlantic Coast Conference has agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to televise the Orange Bowl, with the conference champion facing either Notre Dame or a team from the Big Ten or SEC. The deal announced Thursday begins in January 2015 and runs through 2026. ESPN.com has previously reported that the network will play about $55 million per year for the game.
Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson has been found safe in Dallas after he disappeared from campus three days ago. Johnson's mother, Linda Hanks, says Texas A&M University police told her Thursday the 18-year-old is unharmed. University police said they traveled to Dallas to look for Johnson on Wednesday. Johnson was found safe about 2:30 a.m. Thursday with the help of the Dallas police and the Texas Rangers. Coach Kevin Sumlin says he's relieved Johnson has been found and is concerned for Johnson's health and well-being.
Pettersen shares lead at Titleholders
Suzann Pettersen is playing like she doesn't want the LPGA Tour season to end. Coming off two wins in her last three starts, Pettersen birdied two of the last three holes Thursday for a 6-under 66. That gave her a share of the lead after the opening round of the season-ending Titleholders. So Yeon Ryu, who already has won LPGA rookie of the year, and Sun young Yoo also had a 66 on a calm, warm day at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. Yoo was at 9 under until a pair of three-putts led to a double bogey-bogey finish.
Merrick Bremner of South Africa birdied six of his first nine holes, shooting an 8-under 64 Thursday to tie the course record in the opening round of the South African Open. He's two shots ahead of Sweden's Henrik Stenson and South Africa's Matthew Carvell at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Girls' team blanks foe 88-0 in Arkansas
An Arkansas girls' high school basketball team was shut out 88-0 earlier this week by a team whose coach pulled her starters in the first few minutes and told her players to take it easy. Little Rock Hall high beat J.A. Fair high on Monday night in the Little Rock Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Ex-WNBA player accused of firing at car
Former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody in Atlanta after being accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows.
Atlanta police said Thursday that the incident happened Tuesday after Holdsclaw followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.
No one was injured. Lacy identified the 35-year-old Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend and both played for the Atlanta Dream in 2009.
Former Virginia Tech and NFL player Marcus Vick has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license. The younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick entered his plea Wednesday in Hampton Circuit Court.
Former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann has sued the county agency that operates Reliant Stadium, blaming "unsafe turf" for a possibly career-ending knee injury. The 6-foot-2 Hartmann signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in July 2011. He played in the first 12 games last season before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and fracturing a bone.
The last word
Heading into Thursday night's game against the Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green said he knew ahead of time that he needed exactly 13 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone. How?
"Twitter, man. Twitter tells you everything."