Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals, with the NFL’s best record at 8-1, await word on the severity of the knee injury to quarterback Carson Palmer.
– PHILADELPHIA – Mark Sanchez makes his first start in nearly two years, trying to keep the Eagles (6-2) on top in the NFC East when they face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (3-5-1). Game starts 8:30 p.m.
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– NEW YORK – Baseball’s Rookies of the Year announced. Jose Abreu of White Sox is the clear AL choice, with Mets’ Jacob deGrom and Reds’ Billy Hamilton the top NL candidates. AL (6:15 p.m.), NL (6:45 p.m.).
– NEW YORK – Michael Cuddyer is among 12 free agents facing a 5 p.m. EST deadline to accept $15.3 million qualifying offers from their former clubs.
– LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Just when it seemed things couldn’t get worse for the Chicago Bears, they hit a new low with a 55-14 shellacking by the Green Bay Packers.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Is there a hotter team in the NFL than the Chiefs? After rallying past Buffalo on the road, Andy Reid & Co. have won six of their last seven games.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 4 Alabama are the only remaining SEC teams that control their fates in the playoff scramble. Guess what? Now, they play each other.
– No. 5 TCU and No. 6 Baylor are the clear front-runners if the Big 12 is going to grab one of the four spots in the new playoff.
– LONDON – Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic opens his bid for a fourth title at the ATP Finals against U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, one of three newcomers to the season-ending tournament.
– SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders play FC Dallas in the second leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals. The teams tied 1-1 in the first-leg. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– Africa’s showcase soccer tournament is in trouble. Morocco maintains it won’t host the African Cup of Nations early next year because of Ebola. Officials meet Tuesday in Cairo to figure out what to do.
– MIAMI – Sentencing is set for the convicted ringleader of an organization that smuggled more than 1,000 Cubans into the U.S. Among them were several baseball players, including the Rangers’ Leonys Martin.