ASU’s Sutton named Pac-12’s top defensive player
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Arizona State tackle Will Sutton was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year on Monday.
Stanford coach David Shaw has coach of the year award for the second straight season, and Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee was named the league’s offensive player of the year.
Sutton led the Pac-12 with 1.82 tackles for loss per game and also registered 101⁄2 sacks. Lee set conference records with 112 receptions for 1,680 yards to go with 14 touchdowns.
Shaw is the fourth coach in league history to win the award in consecutive seasons. Shaw helped Stanford overcome the departure of No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck, seamlessly made a midseason quarterback change from Josh Nunes to Kevin Hogan and overtook Oregon to take the North Division crown.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the offensive freshman of the year, and USC end Leonard Williams was named the top freshman on defense.
Arizona running back Ka’Deem Casey was selected to the all-conference first team.
NFL suspends Buccaneers CB Wright for 4 games
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s porous secondary took another hit Monday when cornerback Eric Wright was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Wright is the second Tampa Bay starter disciplined for using Adderall. Cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended Oct. 13 for four games and subsequently traded to the New England Patriots while serving the ban.
Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Bucs as a free agent in March after spending four seasons with the Cleveland Browns and one with the Detroit Lions.
The 27-year-old started the first 10 games of the season before sitting out Sunday’s loss to Atlanta because of an Achilles tendon injury. He returned his only interception 60 yards for a touchdown to help Tampa Bay to a double-digit halftime lead on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in Week 2.
Wright will be eligible to return to the team on Dec. 24, the day after the Bucs face the St. Louis Rams, and possibly could play in the team’s regular-season finale at Atlanta on Dec. 30.
The Bucs (6-5) lead the league in rushing defense but are last against the pass, yielding 315.5 yards per game.
Patriots DE Cunningham suspended for 4 games
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The league’s announcement Monday did not specify the substance. The Patriots had no immediate reaction.
Cunningham, a 2010 second-round draft pick from Florida, can return to the active roster on Dec. 24, one day after the Patriots play at Jacksonville. He had a season-high six tackles in his only start in last Thursday’s 49-19 win at the New York Jets.
NFL won’t suspend Suh for low blow against Schaub
DETROIT (AP) — Ndamukong Suh might lose some money for his low blow against Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle, though, will be able to play Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Monday that the Lions have been notified that Suh won’t be suspended for last Thursday’s “incident,” though it will be reviewed for a potential fine.
Suh was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman and extended his left foot to hit Schaub below the belt. Suh’s left cleat connected with Schaub’s groin area after he threw a pass in the first quarter of Houston’s 34-31 overtime win.
Schaub went to his knees, doubled over in pain, but stayed in the game.
It wasn’t clear on replays Thursday whether it was intentional and Suh hasn’t spoken publicly.
Suh was suspended for two games a year ago after he was ejected for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a game on Thanksgiving. He has been fined in previous seasons for roughing up quarterbacks: Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme.
Dolphins DB Amaya accused of choking cab driver
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins reserve defensive back Jonathon Amaya allegedly choked a taxi driver and was charged with battery early Monday.
According to a police report, Amaya offered the driver $100 to take him from Miami Beach to Weston. The driver told police Amaya became aggressive, so he turned around the car and asked him to get out. The driver said Amaya then leaned forward, wrapped his hands around the driver’s neck and starting choking him. Officers saw the taxi driving erratically and heard the driver scream “this man is trying to kill me.”
Police escorted Amaya out of the car and he was arrested. The driver wasn’t injured.
Amaya, a third-year pro, plays mostly on special teams. The arrest came hours after the Dolphins’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Cowboys LB Carter out for year with elbow injury
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter is out of for the season with a dislocated left elbow, making him the fourth Dallas defensive starter to go on injured reserve.
Carter injured the elbow in Thursday’s 38-31 loss to Washington. The Cowboys have lost both inside linebackers with defensive leader Sean Lee suffering a season-ending toe injury last month.
The other defensive starters out for the year are safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
Bears place G Louis on IR with knee injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, a big blow to a struggling offensive line.
The team placed him on injured reserve on Monday, a day after he was hurt in the 28-10 victory over Minnesota.
Louis was injured early in the third quarter on what Bears coach Lovie Smith says was an unnecessary hit by the Vikings’ Jared Allen. It happened during an interception return by Antoine Winfield, when Allen launched himself at Louis for a blindside hit to the head. Louis’ left leg buckled as he fell to the ground.
Rays 3B Longoria agrees to deal adding $100 million
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria agreed to a new contract through 2022 that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
The agreement announced Monday with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old’s existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $144.6 million over 11 years.
Longoria played in just 74 games in 2012 because of a partially torn left hamstring. He batted .289 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs. Longoria underwent a minor procedure on the hamstring Nov. 20 and is expected to be ready for spring training.
Tampa Bay was 41-44 during Longoria’s absence, and 47-27 with him in the starting lineup.
The two-time AL Gold Glove winner and 2008 AL Rookie of the Year ranks second on the Rays career list with 130 home runs, third with 456 RBIs and fourth with 161 doubles. Longoria is one of 11 active players to average at least 25 homers and 90 RBIs during his first five seasons.
AP source: Red Sox agree to terms with OF Gomes
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million.
The Red Sox have not announced the deal. But a baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Gomes had yet to take his physical, said on Monday that the terms were agreed to.
Gomes is a career .244 hitter who batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics last year.
Giants’ World Series share a record $377,003
NEW YORK (AP) — A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.
In the first year of the expansion of the playoffs from eight teams to 10, the players’ pool was a record $65.36 million, Major League Baseball said Monday. The previous mark of $59.1 million came in 2009.
The Giants split $23.5 million, voting 50 full shares, partial shares equivalent to another 11.1, and 12 cash awards. All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, suspended for the final 45 games of the regular season and the division series, automatically received a full share without his teammates having to make a decision.
Under baseball’s joint drug agreement, he was eligible for his share because his suspension ended in time for him to be on the active roster for a majority of the Giants’ postseason games, even though San Francisco decided not to use him. Under Major League Rule 45, he gets a full share because he was with the team from June 1 on.
Cabrera, the All-Star game MVP, became a free agent last week and agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with Toronto.
San Francisco’s full share was up from $323,170 for the 2011 champion Cardinals and $317,631 on the 2010 Giants.
A full share on the AL champion Tigers was worth $284,275, up from $251,516 for last year’s Texas Rangers.
US federal mediators to join NHL labor talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season’s first 21⁄2 months already lost because of the lockout.
George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said Monday the parties had agreed to use the agency. He assigned three mediators to assist negotiations — deputy director Scot Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and Commissioner Guy Serota.
Cohen has worked with the players associations for Major League Baseball, helping end the 1994-95 strike as an outside counsel, and the NBA. He was an adviser to the NHL players union before joining FMCS three years ago. Cohen mediated during the 2010 negotiations in Major League Soccer and 2011 talks in the NFL and NBA, along with this year’s dispute between the NFL and its on-field officials.
Hockey players and management have not negotiated since last Wednesday. The NHL has canceled more than one-third of its regular season, including all games through Dec. 14, the New Year’s Day outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 at Columbus, Ohio.
McIlroy wins Dubai World Championship by 2 strokes
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy won the Dubai World Championship by two strokes after shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday, ending a year in which he won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.
The top-ranked McIlroy overcame early putting woes to finish with five straight birdies in a 23-under 265 at the season-ending tournament to beat Justin Rose of England, who shot a course-record 62.
After Rose eagled the 14th and birdied the 15th to take a two-shot lead, McIlroy responded with birdies on the 14th and 15th to pull even. Rose birdied the 18th after nearly sinking a 60-foot eagle putt to move ahead, only for McIlroy to sink a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 16 before finishing with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.