Oakland’s Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award for leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish.
The NFL has moved the Los Angeles Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league made its decision just six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games of the year. Recent rains and several big events at Azteca combined to damage the field, and the league determined it was unplayable.
Major League Baseball is investigating claims made against the Mariners by Seattle’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players. The Mariners denied the allegations following the social media postings from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.”
Le’Veon Bell won’t play in 2018. The star running back declined to sign his one-year $14.4 million franchise tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday’s deadline, making him ineligible to suit up for the AFC North-leading Steelers or anyone else this season.
The English Premier League says it has hired Discovery broadcasting executive Susanna Dinnage to succeed Richard Scudamore leading the world’s richest soccer competition. Dinnage will leave her role as global president of Discovery’s Animal Planet brand to become chief executive of the English top-flight in early 2019.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Woke up this morning and realized something I should have realized long ago: There are three area teams in football and basketball ranked in the top 10 nationally. That’s pretty amazing. Read on.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 by an arbitrator and is eligible to play immediately. Wilson has already served 16 games of his suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in each team’s preseason finale. The ruling by Shyam Das allows Wilson to return Tuesday night at Minnesota, and the 24-year-old will recoup $378,049 of the $1.26 million he initially forfeited as part of the suspension.
It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – a continuation of a Few theme that’s been logged in the Spokesman for, well, years.
Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 on Monday night.
When C. Vivian Stringer first started coaching 46 years ago, there weren’t many female African-American basketball coaches to turn to for advice. So she looked elsewhere.
Jaylen Nowell scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Noah Dickerson added 16 points, and Washington held off a late rally to beat San Diego 66-63 on Monday night.
Gardner Minshew and Burt Reynolds do share a mustache and Leach paid tribute to the American TV/movie star on Twitter Sunday night, sharing a video from an ESPN postgame interview that showed the Washington State QB taping a fake mustache to his coach’s face after the Cougars beat Colorado 31-7 Saturday in Boulder.
The Seattle Mariners are denying claims made by the club’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players.
Northwest Conference champion Whitworth University is well represented on the 2018 All-Northwest Conference football team, released Monday by the conference office. Rod Sandberg is the 2018 NWC Coach of the Year, Chad Wilburg is the NWC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Colten Chelin is the league’s Freshman of the Year.
In the third quarter, Patmon went 48 yards on a catch-and-run that set the Cougars up inside the Buffaloes’ 30-yard line and eventually allowed Gardner Minshew to rush for the 10-yard touchdown that gave the visitors a 31-7 lead.
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani was a singular sensation in voting for A.L. Rookie of the Year and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was a runaway pick for the N.L. honor.
Washington State’s defensive backs may still be inhaling the dust Khalil Tate left behind in a football game-turned-track meet between the Cougars and Arizona Wildcats last October in the Tucson desert.
Couch Slouch: Rising from the ashes of a million cigarette butts, in the shadow of a desert filled with buried body parts, looms the specter of a massive sporting palace partially funded by the largest public stadium subsidy in U.S. history. And people were worried about the midterms?