November 18, 2009 in Sports

Sports in brief: Greinke wins A.L. Cy Young in landslide

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Royals pitcher Zack Greinke led the majors with a 2.16 ERA.
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Baseball: Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, easily beating out Felix Hernandez after a spectacular season short on wins but long on domination.

Greinke went 16-8 with a major league-low 2.16 ERA for the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez was 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA for the Seattle Mariners.

Greinke, who started two games for the Spokane Indians in 2002, received 25 of 28 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points.

Detroit’s Justin Verlander was third with the remaining first-place vote and nine thirds for 14 points. He was followed by the Yankees’ CC Sabathia with 13 points and Toronto’s Roy Halladay with 11 points.

The N.L. winner will be announced Thursday.

Eagles’ Westbrook will visit specialists

Football: Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will visit two concussion specialists in Pittsburgh.

Westbrook sustained his second concussion in three weeks during Philadelphia’s 31-23 loss at San Diego on Sunday. The 30-year-old former All-Pro suffered his first career concussion Oct. 26 against Washington.

Westbrook first will consult with neuropsychologist Mark R. Lovell. After that visit, Westbrook and Lovell will meet with neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon.

Polamalu questionable for Sunday’s game: The Pittsburgh Steelers apparently won’t be without injured safety Troy Polamalu for more than one game.

Polamalu hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Kansas City despite injuring his left knee for the second time this season. However, it seems more likely he will miss one game and attempt to return for an AFC North game at Baltimore on Nov. 29.

Polamalu is “questionable at best” for the Steelers, according to coach Mike Tomlin.

Johnson signs with Bengals: Running back Larry Johnson has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a backup, giving the AFC North leaders depth at the position for what’s shaping up to be a playoff season.

The Bengals waived defensive tackle Orien Harris to open a roster spot for Johnson, who will be fourth on the depth chart at the outset.

Top-ranked Kansas holds off Memphis

Basketball: Cole Aldrich had 18 points, 11 rebounds and blocked five shots, helping top-ranked Kansas overcome a sloppy night to hold off Memphis 57-55 in a rematch of the 2008 national championship game at St. Louis.

Kansas (2-0) led most of the night despite 21 turnovers, but could never shake the scrappy and supposedly overmatched Tigers.

Georgetown squeaks past Temple: Greg Monroe scored on a driving layup with 6.5 seconds to play, rescuing No. 19 Georgetown from a lackluster performance to give the Hoyas a 46-45 win over Temple at Washington, D.C.

Georgetown won despite having more fouls (18) and turnovers (16) than made baskets (15), and blowing a 12-point second-half lead.

UConn women rout Texas: Maya Moore had 20 points and 11 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut cruised in its first test of the season with an 83-58 win over No. 10 Texas at San Antonio.

The Longhorns remained winless in five tries against the Huskies, and this 25-point loss was among the worst yet.

Lady Vols blow out Red Raiders: Taber Spani scored 18 points and Glory Johnson added 17 points to lead No. 6 Tennessee past Texas Tech 91-53.

Shekinna Stricklen added 16 points for the Lady Vols. Angie Bjorklund (University High School) hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Lady Vols, who have opened the year with two wins over Big 12 teams after beating No. 8 Baylor on Sunday.

Grizzlies officially waive Iverson: The Memphis Grizzlies officially have ended their relationship with Allen Iverson by waiving the 10-time All-Star.

The Grizzlies announced Monday they had mutually agreed to end a one-year contract with the former league MVP.

Iverson began an indefinite leave of absence on Nov. 7 to deal with a personal issue. The 34-year-old guard played only three games with Memphis, all in California.

Nine high school girls suspended for fight

Soccer: Nine members of two high school girls soccer teams in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League have been suspended for their roles in a fight that sparked a brawl in the bleachers. They range from two games to one year. Coaches from both Woonsocket and Tolman also were issued unspecified sanctions.

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