Wednesday’s Sports In Brief
NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous choice for his third NL Cy Young Award, and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber edged Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to win the AL honor for the first time.
Kershaw led the majors in victories and ERA and threw a no-hitter, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions.
Now, the big question: Is he the Most Valuable Player, too? The 26-year-old lefty will find out Thursday if he’s the first NL pitcher to sweep the MVP and Cy Young honors since Bob Gibson in 1968.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month in his Caribbean homeland, an official in the Dominican Republic said.
Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in the tourist region of Puerto Plata.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson.
Mainly a backup with the Yankees, the 28-year-old Cervelli batted .301 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 49 games last season.
The Pirates could have an opening at catcher if they are unable to re-sign Russell Martin, a free agent who declined the team’s $15.3 million qualifying offer after helping Pittsburgh to consecutive playoff berths.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is facing a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a scuffle with a man at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub, according to court records.
The 25-year-old Griffin is due for arraignment Dec. 8 before a Las Vegas justice of the peace on a charge that could get him up to six months in jail if he is convicted. The criminal complaint was filed Friday, and a summons was issued for his appearance in court.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Second-ranked Florida State pushed back a code of conduct hearing for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston to Dec. 1, a person familiar with the case said.
The hearing was originally scheduled for next week. The new date is between the end of the regular season and the Dec. 6 ACC championship game.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the university has requested that information on the case not be made public.
Winston is facing a university hearing to determine whether he violated four sections of the code of conduct – two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment. A former female student said he assaulted her in December 2012.
In other news at Florida State, Tallahassee police say Seminoles senior running back Karlos Williams is not being charged after a domestic battery investigation.
The police released the incident report detailing the probe, and spokesman David Northway explained the department will no longer actively investigate the incident, but that could change if new evidence is found or a witness comes forward.
Williams was never arrested and did not miss any playing time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Rams coach Jeff Fisher benched struggling quarterback Austin Davis and will go back to veteran Shaun Hill for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Fisher said Monday that he was sticking with Davis, who made his NFL debut earlier this season after Hill was sidelined with an injury. Fisher had said Davis was the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Hill began the season as the replacement for Sam Bradford, who was sidelined for the second straight year with a knee injury. However, Hill injured his thigh in the opener.
LONDON (AP) – Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-0 at the ATP Finals to close in on the year-end No. 1 spot.
Djokovic will be guaranteed to finish atop the rankings for the third time in four years if he wins his final round-robin match at the elite tournament against Tomas Berdych.
Djokovic, who extended his unbeaten run indoor to 29 matches, has two wins in Group, A while Berdych posted his first victory against Marin Cilic.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Lydia Ko became the youngest player to win the LPGA Tour’s rookie of the year award.
The 17-year-old Ko clinched the points-based award with three tournaments remaining on the LPGA Tour schedule. She already has two victories, two runner-up finishes and nine other finishes in the top 10.
Laura Baugh was 18 when she won the LPGA Tour rookie of the year in 1973.
Ko is No. 3 in the world ranking and No. 4 on the LPGA Tour money list with just over $1.5 million going into the Lorena Ochoa Invitational this week in Mexico.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Ducks veterans Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin have been diagnosed with mumps.
Beauchemin has been hospitalized to receive intravenous fluids, but he has improved, Anaheim medical director Craig Milhouse said. Perry has been cleared of the disease and is free to resume working out Thursday.
Perry missed his fourth consecutive game, and Beauchemin sat out his second straight when the Ducks hosted the Los Angeles Kings.
ERIE, Pa. (AP) – The NHL’s next big thing is dealing with a hand injury that will sideline him for at least a month.
Junior hockey star Connor McDavid fractured a bone in his right hand while playing for the Erie Otters on Tuesday night and will miss five to six weeks.
McDavid, likely the top pick in next year’s NHL Draft, hurt the hand while taking a swing at Bryson Cianfrone of the Mississauga Steelheads. The 17-year-old leads the Ontario Hockey League with 16 goals and 35 assists in 18 games.