Adam Scott player of year; Kenny Perry gets senior honor
Masters champion Adam Scott narrowly beat out Tiger Woods as the male player of the year in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America. Kentuckian Kenny Perry was a landslide winner as senior player of the year.
The GWAA takes into account more than just a player's performance on the PGA Tour. Scott won four times around the world, none bigger than his playoff victory at Augusta National to become the first Australian to win the green jacket. He also won a FedEx Cup playoff event and twice in Australia, and he joined Jason Day to win the portion of the World Cup for Australia at Royal Melbourne.
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Out of 218 ballots, Scott won by five votes.
Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships, though he went a fifth straight year without winning a major. He also won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average.
Inbee Park, who had three straight majors among her six victories on the LPGA Tour, received 91 percent of the vote to win female player of the year.
Perry, who won two majors on the Champions Tour and captured the Schwab Cup, also had 91 percent of the vote for senior player of the year over Bernhard Langer and David Frost.
"It is my highest honor, from the players or the writers, to be named player of the year," said Perry, who lives in Franklin, Ky. "Here I am at 53 doing stuff I probably shouldn't be doing, so I'm honored that the writers are paying attention to me."
Cavaliers win without Irving
Playing without leading scorer Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat visiting Orlando 87-81 in overtime. Anderson Varejao led the way with 18 points and a whopping 25 rebounds. Irving, averaging 22.2 points, was injured in the third quarter Tuesday in a 91-76 loss at Indiana. Irving felt a "pop" as he fell awkwardly on a drive to the basket, but an MRI on Wednesday revealed he only bruised the knee.
■ Pau Gasol said he would like to stay with the Lakers, probably just as well since talks to send him to Cleveland in return for Andrew Bynum have stalled."
White Sox sign ex-UK pitcher Downs
The Chicago White Sox and veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs have agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract.
The 37-year-old Downs, who played college baseball at Kentucky, was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season with the Angels and the Braves. In 12 major-league seasons, he is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA, 550 strikeouts and 166 holds in 564 games (50 starts). Downs registered a career-best 1.34 ERA with Los Angeles in 2011.
■ All-Star free-agent reliever Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros. Crain made the All-Star team last season with a 0.74 ERA in 37 appearances for the White Sox, including a streak of 29 straight appearances without allowing a run from April 17 to June 22. Crain was traded to Tampa Bay on July 29, but never played for the Rays because of a right shoulder strain."
Leader seeks end to faking injury
FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants to clamp down on play-acting in football by introducing an unofficial sin-bin for players who feign injury. In his column for FIFA Weekly titled "Stop the amateur dramatics," the head of world football's governing body said he finds it "deeply irritating" when "the (supposedly) half-dead player comes back to life as soon as they have left the pitch."
Blatter urged referees to make these players wait on the touchline so their absence has an effect on their team. "In practical terms this amounts to a time penalty — and it could cause play-actors to rethink," he wrote."
Troy player found dead on highway
Troy football player Jadarius Garner was found dead on a Mississippi highway Thursday morning, and the state highway patrol is investigating the cause of his death. The 20-year-old Garner was found lying on U.S. Highway 61 in Bolivar County at 2:27 a.m. after two cars had run over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
State troopers, sheriff's deputies and rescue officials from Bolivar County were responding to what was believed to be a two-vehicle accident about 3 miles south of Oreilly, Miss.
The drivers of the two cars were not injured.
Garner had just completed his second season with the Trojans after transferring from Jones County Community College in Mississippi. He had 21 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks in 12 games as a sophomore. He was named the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the week on Sept. 9."
Sports in the courts
Armstrong trying to keep Tour bonuses
Lance Armstrong is still fighting a Texas company that wants to recoup about $12 million in bonuses he was paid for winning the Tour de France while secretly using performance-enhancing drugs.
Court documents filed in Dallas this week show that Armstrong has asked a judge to stop an arbitration panel from considering whether SCA Promotions, Dallas company, should be able to recover its money. The company tried proving Armstrong used steroids and other drugs and doping methods back in 2005, but ultimately agreed to pay him in a 2006 settlement.
In a motion filed Monday, Armstrong's attorneys say there's "no authority under Texas law" for arbitration. They've asked a judge for a hearing.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban from sports in 2012."
The last word
Temperatures will be in the single digits and dropping when the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers kick off their NFL playoff game Sunday in Green Bay. How will the players handle it? San Francisco center Jonathan Goodwin has one idea:
"It's safe to say you'll see something on my arms. I gave up on the 'don't wear sleeves to look tough' a long time ago."