Tuesday’s Sports In Brief
TCU still has Baylor beat in the College Football Playoff rankings – even though the Bears got the better of the Horned Frogs on the field.
The Horned Frogs moved up to fourth in the latest rankings, while the Bears were up to seventh, closing the gap between themselves and their Big 12 rivals.
Oregon (9-1) jumped undefeated Florida State and moved into second. The Seminoles (9-0) slipped to No. 3. Mississippi State remained No. 1.
The Ducks now have three wins against teams currently in the top 25 (Michigan State, UCLA, Utah). Florida State has beaten two teams in the top 25 (Notre Dame and Clemson).
Committee chairman Jeff Long said the group had a long discussion about the merits of the Ducks and Seminoles, and decided to look beyond the record. The 12-person selection committee will choose the four playoff teams on Dec. 7.
Alabama (8-1) is No. 5 and Arizona State (8-1) is sixth, and both appear to be in good shape to secure a spot in the playoff if they can keep winning.
NEW YORK (AP) Buck Showalter and Matt Williams won the Manager of the Year awards, turning a Beltway double play.
Showalter took the American League prize for the third time after guiding Baltimore to its first division title in 17 years, and Williams snagged the NL honor following his first season as a big league skipper with Washington.
Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He’s established a unique pattern of winning once a decade following victories with the New York Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004.
Williams, who played under Showalter in Arizona from 1998-00, led the Nationals to an NL-best 96 wins. He got 18 first-place votes and 109 points, joining Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993) and Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006) as the only men to win in their first seasons as a major league manager.
PHOENIX (AP) – Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers’ top priority is re-signing Victor Martinez now that the slugger is a free agent after declining the team’s qualifying offer.
He was less optimistic about retaining right-hander Max Scherzer, who also declined a qualifying offer.
Martinez and Scherzer were among 12 major leaguers who declined the $15.3 million qualifying offer by Monday’s deadline, the third straight year all of those eligible had done so, opting instead to try for long-term deals.
The 35-year-old Martinez batted .335 as the Tigers’ designated hitter, with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs. Scherzer went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 33 starts last season.
DALLAS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki vividly remembers watching Hakeem Olajuwon from his home in Germany as a teenager in the 1990s.
That’s one of the reasons his latest move up the NBA scoring list was special for the 7-foot Dallas star. Another would be the milestone coming at home when the Mavericks rallied from 24 points down to win.
Nowitzki had 23 points to surpass Olajuwon as the highest-scoring player born outside the U.S., and the Mavericks came from way behind on Tuesday night to beat Sacramento 106-98 for their 21st straight regular-season win at home against the Kings.
Nowitzki hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line early in the fourth quarter to pass Olajuwon at No. 9, and he finished the night at 26,953 career points. That’s seven more than the 7-footer from Nigeria, who starred for 17 years in Houston before retiring in 2002 after one season in Toronto.
Sacramento matched the franchise’s largest blown lead since at least 2000-01, according to STATS.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The NBA has stripped LeBron James of a triple-double.
After reviewing film of the Cavaliers’ 118-111 win Monday night over New Orleans, the league took away a rebound and assist from James, who initially had been credited with his 38th career triple double – at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs improved to 3-3.
The league routinely reviews videotape to maintain the integrity of statistics.
With 3:27 left in third quarter, James was incorrectly awarded an assist when he tipped the ball to Tristan Thompson, who passed to Kyrie Irving for a layup. In the fourth quarter, James was given an offensive rebound that should have gone to teammate Mike Miller.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Swedish man who got his start playing online poker after late restaurant nights while he trained to be a chef is $10 million richer after winning the top World Series of Poker main event prize.
Martin Jacobson, 27, had three 10s to beat Felix Stephensen of Norway and his pair of nines.
Jacobson was the only player of the final nine to have earned more than $1 million in World Series of Poker career earnings at tournaments. But he had never won the top spot, coming in second in some cases, until Tuesday when he won the most watched contest in the tournament.
Stephensen, 24, took home a $5.1 million prize for second place.
The two defeated Jorryt van Hoof, the leader throughout most of the game play, to go head-to-head. Van Hoof, 31, earned $3.8 million for third place.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Patrick Willis so hoped he would be able to withstand the pain in his troublesome toe and play on this season, and ultimately help lead the San Francisco 49ers to another playoff run.
Instead, Willis will miss the remainder of the season and require surgery for a strained muscle in his left big toe. He was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after getting hurt in the third quarter at St. Louis on Oct. 13.
A Pro Bowler in his first seven NFL seasons, Willis had missed six games in his career before this latest injury sidelined him for the final 10 games of 2014 for San Francisco (5-4). He had 34 tackles and an interception this season for the Niners.