MLB-CY YOUNG AWARDS
Price, Dickey win Cy Young Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets are the winners of baseball's Cy Young awards.
Price barely beat out 2011 winner Justin Verlander for the American League prize in one of the closest votes ever.
Price received 14 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 153 points to 149 for Verlander, who was chosen first on 13 ballots.
Other than a 1969 tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain, it was the tightest race in the history of the AL award.
Dickey was an easy choice for the NL honor in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 38-year-old got 27 of the 32 of the first-place votes to become the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award.
Lefthanders Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Washington's Gio Gonzalez finished second and third, respectively.
The AL and NL MVPs will be announced later today.
AP source: Hunter agrees with Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — A source familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press free agent outfielder Torii Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, pending a physical. The 37-year-old Hunter hit a career-best .313 last season for the Los Angeles Angels. He'll be able to fill a corner outfield spot for the AL champion Tigers, taking care of a major offseason priority for Detroit.
In other baseball news:
— Reliever Jeremy Affeldt and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants have completed an $18 million, three-year contract. The 33-year-old left-hander went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 67 appearances covering 63 1-3 innings this season for the Giants.
Pistons win! Pistons win!...Heat lose in L.A.
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Pistons earned their first victory after opening with eight defeats by bopping Philadelphia 94-76 in a game that ended with the hometown 76ers getting booed off the court by fans in the City of Brotherly Love.
Greg Monroe had 19 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to help the Pistons post their first W. Kyle Singler scored 16 points, and Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight each scored 15 points for a Detroit team off to its worst start in franchise history.
Four Pistons starters scored in double digits and forward Jason Maxiell had eight points and 12 rebounds.
The Sixers easily played their worst game of the season, shooting 30 percent. Lavoy Allen led Philly with 14 points.
In other NBA action:
— Chris Kaman scored 23 points and had eight rebounds in only his second start for the Dallas Mavericks, who held on for a 107-101 victory over winless Washington. The 0-7 Wizards are the only winless team in the NBA. O.J. Mayo had 25 points.
— Rudy Gay scored a season-high 28 points, Zach Randolph added 20 points and 11 rebounds before getting ejected along with Kendrick Perkins during a late-game altercation and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-97. The 6-1 Grizzlies have won six in a row and are on the best start in team history.
__ The Miami Heat ran into a fresher, bigger and more physical team on the road and the L.A. Clippers beat the Heat 107-100 despite 30 points from LeBron James. Jamal Crawford came off the bench and led the Clippers with 22. Blake Griffin added 20 points and 14 boards.
__Golden State edged Atlanta 92-88. Rookie Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Warriors.
— James Harden scored 30 points, Omer Asik added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets held off the New Orleans Hornets 100-96.
— Kemba Walker's jumper with 0.7 seconds left lifted the Charlotte Bobcats to an 89-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
__ The Chicago Bulls outlasted Phoenix in overtime, 112-106. Carlos Boozer had 28 points and 14 rebounds.
— Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 16 points each to help the Milwaukee Bucks cruise to a 99-85 victory over the struggling Indiana Pacers, who lost their fifth in a row.
__ The Boston Celtics beat Utah 98-93. Paul Pierce scored 23, including two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to clinch it.
T25 BASKETBALL-FINAL SCORES
Gator perfect in win over Badgers
UNDATED (AP) — Erik Murphy tied a career-high with 24 points just days after dealing with an illness, and No. 10 Florida beat 22nd-ranked Wisconsin 74-56 in AP Top-25 college basketball.
Murphy made all 10 of his shots, including two 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds.
Mike Rosario added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for Florida, which is 2-0.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
__Josh Jones came off the bench and scored all 18 of his points in the second half to compensate for Doug McDermott's quiet night in No. 15 Creighton's (KRAY'-tuhnz) 77-60 victory over UAB. McDermott, the returning first-team All-American, got into early foul trouble and finished with five points. His 37-game streak of scoring in double figures ended.
Roethlisberger has rib injury too; out vs. Ravens
UNDATED (AP) — It turns out Ben Roethlisberger's (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gurz) sprained right shoulder is just the start of his problems.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night's win against Kansas City. Roethlisberger sprained the SC joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern. He says said doctors are concerned the rib could cut into his aorta.
He's already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.
Roethlisberger said there is no timetable for his return.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith went through position work in a non-contact black jersey Wednesday, his status still unclear for Monday night's NFC showdown with the Chicago Bears after he sustained a concussion Sunday against the Rams. Backup Colin Kaepernick (KAY'-pur-nick) is the Niners' Plan B.
— Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's status for this week remains in question because of a concussion. Coach Lovie Smith says Cutler is "feeling a whole lot better," but whether he'll be ready to play against San Francisco on Monday night is another issue.
— Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.
— The New York Jets have signed running back Khalil Bell, who spent parts of the last four seasons with the Chicago Bears. Bell will add depth to their banged-up backfield.
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the NHL and the locked-out players' association aren't even talking by phone.
With the lockout entering its third month, communications between the fighting sides have come to a halt with no clear sign of what the next step will be or when it will be taken.
After four straight days of negotiations in New York last week, talks broke off angrily Friday night. Discussions resumed on Sunday, solely regarding player contract terms, but that meeting ended after only 90 minutes.
So far, 327 games — all those scheduled through Nov. 30 and the New Year's Day outdoor Winter Classic — have been canceled by the NHL.
Vonn out of the hospital
UNDATED (AP) — Lindsey Vonn has been released from a hospital in Vail, Colo., two days after being admitted for intestinal pain.
Vonn's publicist Lewis Kay says in an email Wednesday that she's "feeling much better and "resting comfortably at home." He's not sure when the four-time overall World Cup champion will return to skiing.
Big 12 reprimands Texas Tech coach... ESPN gets Sugar Bowl deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 says it is issuing Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville a public reprimand for his sideline outburst at a graduate assistant during last weekend's win against Kansas.
Tuberville said he has apologized to Kevin Oliver, whose headset and cap were knocked off when the coach pulled on Oliver's headset.
In another college football note, the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference have agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. A source says it's worth $80 million a year.
3-time gymnastics world champion Memmel retires
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The three-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Chellsie Memmell has announced her retirement. She had attempted another comeback before the London Olympics following a series of injuries, but failed to make it past the qualifier for the U.S. championships. The 24-year-old ends her career with six world medals, including the 2005 all-around gold and 2003 team title, the first ever for the U.S. women.
Livestrong drops Armstrong connection
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong's cancer fighting charity has formally dropped him from its name and will officially be known as the Livestrong Foundation.
The move is the latest of several by the charity to separate itself from its founder, who has been stripped of his seven Tour De France titles. The U.S. Anti-doping agency revealed evidence of doping by Armstrong and teammates.
US ends year with 2-2 tie in Russia
UNDATED (AP) __ Mix Diskerud has given the U.S. soccer a team a thrilling end to 2012.
Playing just his third game for the Americans, the 22-year-old midfielder scored his first international goal on a 20-yard shot 2:50 into four minutes of injury time to give the United States a 2-2 tie against Russia in an exhibition game at Krasnodar, Russia.
Team CEO on leave
DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of Dallas' professional soccer team is taking an indefinite leave of absence after being accused of beating and choking his wife at a New York City hotel. A statement from FC Dallas soccer team says its president, Douglas Quinn, is taking the leave to "attend to personal matters."