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Oakland’s Bob Melvin, Atlanta’s Brian Snitker voted top managers

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

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.

Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to L.A. due to field

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

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.

MLB investigation racism claims against Mariners

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.”

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

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.

Premier League hires Discovery’s Susanna Dinnage as CEO

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

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.

Caps’ Tom Wilson has suspension cut to 14 games by arbitrator

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 2:27 p.m.

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.

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 2:07 p.m.

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.

Champion Whitworth dominates All-NWC football

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.

Couch Slouch: It doesn’t make dollars and sense to go to NFL game in Vegas

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

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?
The Press Box, with Larry Weir