Monday’s Sports In Brief


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals will send Edinson Volquez to the mound in Game 1 of the World Series, choosing their most consistent starter to lead things off against the New York Mets. The more volatile Johnny Cueto will go in Game 2.

Royals manager Ned Yost announced his rotation Monday, the day the Series gets started at Kauffman Stadium. Yordano Ventura will get the ball when the teams head to Citi Field in New York for Game 3 on Friday, with veteran Chris Young offering a change of pace in Game 4.

The Mets will start Matt Harvey in Game 1, followed by Jacob deGrom. Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz will follow in the first two games at Citi Field.

MIAMI (AP) – Don Mattingly might not be on the sideline for long.

Mattingly interviewed for the Miami Marlins’ managerial job Monday, four days after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the situation said. The person confirmed the interview to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins declined to comment.

The Dodgers and Mattingly agreed Thursday to part ways. Los Angeles was 446-363 in five years under Mattingly and won the NL West each of the past three years, but he went 8-11 in the postseason.

The Dodgers have not reached the World Series since winning the title in 1988, and they lost to the New York Mets this year in the NL Division Series.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Torii Hunter’s Minnesota reunion went about as well as could’ve been expected – for both sides.

That’s the way Hunter decided to cap his career, too, as the last of 19 major league seasons.

The Twins confirmed that Hunter will retire.

Hunter was often in the spotlight this season, though. He finished with a .240 batting average, 22 home runs and 81 RBIs in 139 games. Though his .702 on-base-plus-slugging percentage was the lowest since his rookie year in 1999, Hunter played a capable right field despite lacking the range of his youth and a significant role in a resurgence by the Twins that kept them in the American League wild card race until the second-to-last day of the season.

In 2,372 games, Hunter hit .277 with 353 homers and 1,391 RBIs for Minnesota, the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers.


NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL says more than 460 million total minutes of video were consumed for Sunday’s game between the Bills and Jaguars.

The league experimented with distributing coverage primarily through streaming for the first time for the matchup from London through a partnership with Yahoo. More than 15.2 million unique viewers watched for any length of time, the NFL said Monday. Approximately a third of the audience was international.

That works out to an average audience worldwide of about 2.4 million. The Jets-Dolphins game from London earlier this month, which also started at 9:30 a.m. EDT, averaged 9.9 million viewers in the U.S. alone on CBS.

Jacksonville’s wild 34-31 win over Buffalo was available only through Yahoo worldwide everywhere other than the two home markets, where it was televised on CBS.

NEW YORK (AP) – NFL lawyers told a federal appeals court in Manhattan that it was ”unfathomable” that a judge could decide to lift New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the ”Deflategate” controversy.

The lawyers said in papers filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Judge Richard Berman reached an ”inexplicable” conclusion when he determined that the league failed to adequately warn Brady of the potential suspension and made errors in its investigation that required him to nullify the penalty.

The league asked the appeals court to reverse the lower-court judge and reinstate the penalty that would have kept Brady out of the first four games of this season.


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – His lower back feeling better, his body refreshed, LeBron James declared himself ready for his 13th NBA season.

It’s go time.

After sitting out nearly two weeks since undergoing an anti-inflammatory injection, James was able to fully participate in Cleveland’s practice for the second straight day and said he’ll play Tuesday in the season opener at Chicago.

James had been limited in practice since receiving the shot Oct. 13, the second injection he has gotten in 10 months. The four-time MVP took some contact Sunday and said the big test would be how he responded after the workout. Although he didn’t get into any specifics, James feels good enough to take on the Bulls.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Metta World Peace has already carved out a remarkable 15-year NBA career that took him from the low of an 86-game suspension to the height of a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.

And the man formerly known as Ron Artest isn’t done yet.

World Peace earned a spot on the Lakers’ roster, punctuating his comeback attempt after 19 months out of the league.

Los Angeles cut Jabari Brown to trim its roster to 15 players ahead of Wednesday’s season opener against Minnesota. World Peace stuck with the Lakers, who value his veteran leadership and personal resilience as they attempt to come back from the worst season in franchise history.


WACO, Texas (AP) – Second-ranked Baylor’s pursuit of a playoff spot will go on without star quarterback Seth Russell, who needs season-ending neck surgery.

Russell saw a specialist two days after he fractured a bone during a win over Iowa State. The school said surgery was recommended to repair damage to his cervical vertebra, and that the typical recovery time is six months.

The junior quarterback got hurt on a run late Saturday against Iowa State, when the two-time defending Big 12 champion Bears improved to 7-0 with a 45-27 win.

Russell is the top-rated passer in the Bowl Subdivision, completing 119 of 200 passes for 2,104 yards with 29 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for six scores.

Freshman Jarrett Stidham will take over as the starter.


Golfers no longer face automatic disqualification for two violations, including an incorrect scorecard, under the latest set of rules that reflect a little more leniency in handing out penalties.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association announced changes to the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf, which is updated every four years.

Players will avoid disqualification if the incorrect scorecard is the result of penalty strokes they didn’t know about when they finished their rounds. The penalty also was softened for players using artificial devices, such as training aids, in the middle of the round.

The new rules take effect Jan. 1.