Kershaw, Scherzer runawaywinners for Cy Young awards
Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won baseball's Cy Young Awards.
Kershaw won the prize as the National League's best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA. The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results released Wednesday. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot.
Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and finished second last year.
Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes and was baseball's lone 20-game winner in 2013. He ranked second in the majors with 240 strikeouts and was fifth in the AL with a 2.90 ERA.
Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second in the AL, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Young voting. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners came in third.
Ex-Cat Jones has double-double in loss
Houston fell at Philadelphia, 123-117, in overtime. James Anderson led Philadelphia with 36 points and three steals. In his first start of the season for the Rockets, former UK star Terrence Jones had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and also blocked three shots. Rockets star shooting guard James Harden and 76ers rookie standout Michael Carter-Williams both sat out with foot injuries.
■ Doron Lamb made his season debut for the Orlando Magic, who topped the Milwaukee Bucks 94-91 at home. The former UK standout missed two shots and had one rebound in 11 minutes off the bench.
■ San Antonio improved its Western Conference-best record to 8-1 after defeating Washington 92-79. Six Spurs players finished in double-digit scoring. John Wall had a tough night for the Wizards, recording 14 points on 5-for-19 shooting. The ex-Cat had eight rebounds, good for second on the team behind Martell Webster's 10.
■ A former Utah Jazz ball boy is selling Michael Jordan's shoes from his famous "flu game" during the 1997 NBA Finals.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Preston Truman kept the shoes in a safe-deposit box at a Utah bank for 15 years. Truman, now 35, says he first befriended Jordan by running through the halls of the Salt Lake City arena to get Jordan his pre-game applesauce.
When Chicago came back for the finals months later, Truman had more applesauce waiting for Jordan. Jordan was so impressed that after the game he offered Truman the shoes, with a signature. Auction officials say they verified the shoes were authentic. Grey Flannel Auctions says it will auction them online Nov. 18. Bidding begins at $5,000.
Laird's game-winner lifts soccer over ODU
Justin Laird's golden goal in the 93rd minute lifted the Kentucky men's soccer team to a dramatic 1-0 win over Old Dominion in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament, hosted by Charlotte, on a bitterly cold Wednesday night at Transamerica Field. The Wildcats will face Charlotte on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Kentucky (7-9-3) kept Old Dominion scoreless through regulation, getting a big night from sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving, who saved five shots, including a penalty kick attempt in the second half.
Police investigating Seminoles' Winston
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a year ago.
The university and Winston's attorney confirmed Wednesday that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.
Police officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston by name, but it says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7.
Timothy Jansen, a Tallahassee attorney, said Winston hasn't been interviewed by police.
Borel to miss rest of 2013 season
Jockey Calvin Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby and 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, will miss the rest of the season as he continues his recovery from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap at Keeneland, Churchill Downs reported Wednesday.
Both Borel and agent Jerry Hissam said the jockey won't return to competition until Oaklawn Park opens Jan. 10 in Arkansas. The 47-year-old Louisiana native suffered a fractured fibula Oct. 24 when his mount broke down an eighth of a mile into a turf race at Keeneland.
Borel had hoped to return for the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet. However, Lisa Borel said that, while the leg has been mending nicely, her husband suffered "some soft tissue damage" in his right shoulder in the spill that requires additional time to heal on its own.
■ Jockey Javier Castellano was thrown from his mount after the ninth race at Aqueduct on Wednesday and was taken to a hospital because of pain in the chest.
The 33-year-old Castellano, the leading rider in the country this year with 317 victories and purse earnings of $25.5 million, was unseated when Atlantic Dream stumbled and fell after finishing last in the 11⁄16-mile maiden race. Castellano was taken to North Shore University Hospital. Atlantic Dream did not appear to be seriously injured and left the track.
U of L agrees to $11 million AAC exit fee
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Louisville has agreed to pay the American Athletic Conference an $11 million exit fee so the Cardinals can join the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.
Louisville announced last year that it planned to leave what was then called the Big East and join the ACC. Conference bylaws for the American require members to give two years' notice and pay a $10 million exit fee.
The conference announced Wednesday that its members had voted to terminate Louisville's membership on July 1, 2014. The person familiar with the situation says the school agreed to pay the conference an extra $1 million after amicable negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not disclosed.
■ "Desegregating Baseball: The Kentucky Connection" will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday. It will be in The Old Capitol Building in Frankfort at 1 p.m.
Mike Embry, author and sportswriter, will be the moderator. Panelists will be Ben Chandler, former congressman and executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council; Dr. Chris Lamb of Indiana University, the author of Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Journey to Desegregation of Baseball, and Bill Marshall, retired director of Special Collections, UK Libraries and author of Baseball's Pivotal Era. Also, Dick Usher, an actor with the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua, will perform as Pee Wee Reese.
The last word
Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said last week that if the fighter's scheduled fight with Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 "does not go well," the Filipino boxer may retire. Pacquiao is coming off a knockout defeat versus Juan Manuel Marquez, which has raised questions about his ability to maintain his high-paced style. Roach said of that bout:
"Manny is a realist. He accepts it. It does not bother him. If you don't think you're going to get knocked out, you've got the wrong sport."