MVPs later today
NEW YORK (AP) — The parade of awards handed out by the baseball writers continues this evening with the announcement of the American and National League MVPs.
Miguel Cabrera is the likely choice in the AL after having a Triple Crown season for Detroit. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') and Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) are the other finalists.
Giants catcher Buster Posey is the presumed favorite to win the NL vote. The four other finalists are last year's winner Ryan Braun of the Brewers, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ay moh-LEE'-nah), Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Padres third baseman Chase Headley.
The Cy Young Award winners were announced last night.
Left-hander David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets are the winners.
Price received 14 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 153 points to 149 for 2011 winner Justin Verlander of the Tigers, who was chosen first on 13 ballots.
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.
NFL-WEEK 11 OPENER
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Two sub-.500 teams open Week 11 of NFL play tonight when Buffalo hosts Miami. The 4-5 Dolphins have won six of their last eight meetings with the AFC East-rival Bills, including both of last year's games. Buffalo enters play with a 3-6 record.
The Bills are coming off a 37-31 loss last week to division leader New England. The Dolphins got whacked 37-3 by the Titans.
Injured quarterbacks in the news
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Baltimore and Byron Leftwich will start in his place. Not only did Roethlisberger suffer a sprained throwing shoulder on Sunday, as first reported, he also dislocated a rib. He says doctors are concerned the rib could cut into his aorta if he's hit.
The status for both quarterbacks in Monday night's NFC showdown between the 49ers and Bears is still unclear. San Francisco's Alex Smith and Chicago's Jay Cutler were both knocked out of last week's games with concussions. The Niners will go with Colin Kaepernick if Smith can't go. Jason Campbell is the backup for Chicago.
Shanahan victim of theft
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say coach Mike Shanahan had money and a passport stolen from the locker room during the road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last month.
Redskins director of security Ed Burke says officers in Pittsburgh insisted on filing a police report and that the investigation is ongoing.
The Redskins lost 27-12 to the Steelers on Oct. 28.
Perfect Knicks on the road
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's lone unbeaten team is in for a true road test tonight. The Eastern Conference-leading New York Knicks bring a 5-0 record to San Antonio to face a Western Conference-leading Spurs team that has won seven of eight, including all three of their home games.
The first tip of the evening takes place in Boston, where the Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets. Both put a three-game winning streak on the line.
The final start tonight will be in Denver, where the 4-4 Nuggets host the 6-3 defending champion Miami Heat.
Hoosiers eyeing third straight blowout
UNDATED (AP) — Seven members of the AP Top 25 are scheduled to take the court tonight, including No. 1 Indiana. The Hoosiers are welcoming a third straight cupcake opponent to Assembly Hall in Bloomington to start the regular season. After runaway victories over Bryant University and North Dakota State, Indiana takes on Sam Houston State this evening.
Also tonight, No. 2 Louisville entertains Samford, sixth-ranked N.C. State plays Penn State in Puerto Rico, No. 7 Kansas hosts Chattanooga, No. 12 Arizona is home to UTEP (YOO'-tehp), 13th-ranked UCLA hosts James Madison and No., 16 Baylor faces Boston College this afternoon in Charleston, S.C. (3 p.m. Eastern).
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
PRAGUE (AP) — Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic will play David Ferrer (feh-REHR') of Spain in in the opening singles match of the 100th Davis Cup final.
Sixth-ranked Czech Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') will face Nicolas Almagro in the second singles match Friday on an indoor hard court in Prague.
The fifth-ranked Ferrer has a career 6-3 record against Stepanek. Berdych, meanwhile, has beaten Almagro in four of their five matches this year.
The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.
Defending champion Spain is without injured Rafael Nadal.