Thursday’s Sports In Brief

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees won the American League MVP award on Thursday night, and St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt took the NL prize.

After hitting 62 home runs this season to break the AL record, Judge easily beat out Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani in an MVP race some thought might be close.

The 6-foot-7 outfielder received 28 of 30 first-place votes and two seconds for 410 points from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. Ohtani, last year’s winner, was first on two ballots and second on the other 28 for 280 points. Yordan Alvarez of the World Series champion Houston Astros finished third.

Now a free agent, Judge broke the AL record of 61 homers set by Yankees slugger Roger Maris in 1961.

Judge, the tallest MVP in major league history, also led the majors in runs (133), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), OPS (1.111), extra-base hits (90) and total bases (391) to help the Yankees win the AL East. He tied for the big league lead with 131 RBIs and was second in the AL with a .311 batting average.

Goldschmidt took the NL trophy for the first time after a couple of close calls earlier in his career. The 35-year-old first baseman received 22 of 30 first-place votes and eight seconds from a separate BBWAA panel. San Diego third baseman Manny Machado finished second with 291 points.

Goldschmidt batted .317 with 35 home runs, 115 RBIs and a league-leading .981 OPS.

NEW YORK (AP) — The ball New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit for his American League-record 62nd homer has gone up for auction.

Cory Youmans, who caught the ball, sold its rights to the auction house Goldin, whose founder says it will “almost certainly” bring in the highest price ever paid for a baseball. The opening bid for the ball is $1 million.

Judge’s homer Oct. 4 against Texas surpassed the AL record set by another Yankee, Roger Maris, in 1961. Bidding on the ball opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 17.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

The 27-year-old Lewis was a star outfielder during the shortened 2020 season, batting .262 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs. Hummel — who is also 27 — just finished his rookie season, spending time in both the outfield and behind the plate. He hit .176 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 176 at-bats.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Texas Rangers will host the 2024 All-Star Game, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced.

Speaking at the conclusion of the owners’ meetings, Manfred said the game will be held July 16, 2024, at Globe Life Field, a retractable-roof stadium. The 2023 All-Star Game is set for Seattle.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres reliever Robert Suarez signed a five-year, $46 million deal.

The 31-year-old right-hander was 5-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 45 games last season. The deal has a player opt-out clause following the 2025 season.

FOOTBALL

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills’ home game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns has been moved to Detroitbecause of a lake-effect snowstorm.

The move to relocate the game comes before the storm even began. The forecast is for between 1 to 3 feet of snow in the region through the weekend. The switch in sites means the Bills will play back-to-back games in Detroit. They’re scheduled to play the Lions on Thanksgiving.

The league made the decision out of safety concerns, and in consultation with the Bills and local and state officials.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Commanders have been sued again by the District of Columbia, this time accused of scheming to cheat fans out of ticket money.

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced the filing of a lawsuit in civil court against the NFL team for its actions in taking season-ticket holder money and keeping it for its own purposes.

It’s the second civil suit by Racine’s office in eight days, after last week filing a complaint in D.C. Superior Court that the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league colluded to deceive fans about an investigation into the team’s workplace culture.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is joining the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The Eagles and Suh agreed on a one-year contract, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced the signing. Suh posted an emoji of an eagle on Twitter.

BASKETBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony, her lawyers and agent said.

Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, about 210 miles (350 kilometers) east of Moscow, after a Russian court last month rejected her appeal of her sentence.

The Phoenix center was detained in February when customs agents said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A psychologist who worked for the San Antonio Spurs has settled her lawsuit against the team and former player Josh Primo over allegations he exposed himself to her multiple times in private sessions.

Hillary Cauthen worked as a performance psychologist for the team. In a lawsuit filed this month in Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, she accused the 19-year-old Primo of exposing his genitals to her nine times “despite her numerous complaints about Primo’s improper sexual conduct to the organization’s leadership.”

The settlement comes as the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating the allegations against Primo.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — X-rays on LaMelo Ball’s left ankle were negative, but the Charlotte Hornets All-Star point guard has already been ruled out Friday night against Cleveland.

Coach Steve Clifford said it is too early to know how much time Ball will miss after spraining the ankle for a second time in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Ball first injured the ankle Oct. 10 in a preseason game.

GOLF

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko began her quest for the largest prize in women’s golf history by hitting a tree and making bogey on a par 5. The rest of the day in the CME Group Tour Championship couldn’t have gone better.

Ko responded with eight birdies, including four in a row late in the round at Tiburon Golf Club, that sent her to a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Tour season finale.

So much is at stake this week, even beyond the $2 million prize to the winner. Ko has a one-point lead in the race for LPGA Tour player of the year. She would appear to be a lock to win the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Both are worth a point in her bid to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Danielle Kang and Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand were at 66, Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland and Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea were at 67 and the group at 68 included Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Cole Hammer would have been happy with pars in the cold and wind off Sea Island. He wound up with more birdies than he imagined for an 8-under 64 and the low score to par after one round of the RSM Classic.

Hammer, who graduated from Texas in May, shared the low score with another Longhorn alum, Beau Hossler, whose 6-under 64 came at the host Seaside course, which played about two shots more difficult to par.

Callum Tarren of England also had a 64 at Seaside, while Ben Griffin had a 7-under 65 on the Plantation course. Griffin had a great chance at winning in Bermuda three weeks ago until a rough back nine. In the final official PGA Tour event of 2022, he might get another.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon is relaxing its requirement for all-white clothing to allow female players to wear colored undershorts to be more comfortable on their periods.

Wimbledon’s strict policy about all-white attire for players is one of the best-known features of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, but the All England Club said it decided to update the rules after discussions “with the WTA, clothing manufacturers and medical teams on how best to support women and girls competing at the championships.” The new rules state that women can now “wear solid, mid/dark-colored undershorts provided they are no longer than their shorts or skirt.”

All other requirements for clothing and accessories remain unchanged, including the stipulation that “competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white.”

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Taylor Fritz advanced to the final four in the ATP Finals, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the year-ending tournament.

The American will face five-time champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Casper Ruud had already booked his place in the semifinals but he lost 7-5, 7-5 to the already eliminated Rafael Nadal. Ruud will face the winner of a Friday match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.

COLLEGE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 14 in Los Angeles to finalize a decision on UCLA’s planned move to the Big Ten Conference.

Regents set the date during a meeting in San Francisco, the second public session where the move was debated.

UCLA announced June 30 that it was leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten in 2024, a decision that quickly drew the ire of Gov. Gavin Newsom. In 1991, campus chancellors were delegated authority by the UC Office of the President to execute their own contracts, including intercollegiate athletic agreements. But the regents heard during an August meeting that they retain the authority to review decisions impacting the UC system, meaning they could affirm, overturn or abstain from following up on UCLA’s decision.

The private University of Southern California also is moving to the Big Ten.

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