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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the redshirt freshman phenom who led
the Seminoles to the No. 1 ranking and a berth in the BCS National
Championship Game, was named Monday as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Joining Wilson as finalists are Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch,
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Boston College
running back Andre Williams and 2012 winner Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M
quarterback. The winner will be announced during a ceremony in New York on
Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa were all unanimously elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday under the Expansion Era Ballot. The three most
dominant managerial figures in baseball since the mid-1990s, Torre, Cox and La
Russa all rank in the top five in managerial wins, with each compiling well
over 2,000 to his credit. All three also captured at least one World Series
title as a skipper.
As the careers of Torre, Cox and La Russa were being celebrated, one of the
most dominant right-handers in recent history officially announced an end to
his playing days. Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract Monday to retire as a
member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 36-year-old Halladay amassed 203 wins
while pitching for the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, won the Cy Young
Award in both leagues, threw a perfect game and tossed only the second no-
hitter in postseason history. He spent the last four seasons of his 16-year
career with the Phillies, with his final campaign limited to 13 starts
because of shoulder problems that resulted in a reduction in velocity.
The New York Mets confirmed their four-year contract agreement with outfielder
Curtis Granderson during Monday's opening day of the Baseball Winter Meetings.
The New York Post reported Friday that the Mets lured the former Yankees'
slugger across town with a deal worth a total of $60 million in the team's
first major free-agent signing of the offseason. Granderson will be formally
introduced during a press conference Tuesday at Walt Disney World's Swan and
Dolphin Resort, the headquarters of this year's Winter Meetings. A three-time
All-Star who belted 84 home runs with 225 RBI and 239 runs scored over a two-
year stretch with the Yankees from 2011-12, Granderson was limited to 61 games
with the Bronx Bombers last season due to forearm and pinkie fractures caused
by being hit by pitches. He batted just .229 with seven homers during the
The season is over for Rob Gronkowski, as the New England Patriots placed the
star tight end on injured reserve Monday with a knee injury. Gronkowski
reportedly tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee during Sunday's wild 27-26
comeback win over Cleveland. He was carted off the field in the third quarter
after catching a pass from Tom Brady up the seam before his right knee
absorbed the brunt of a hit by Browns defensive back T.J. Ward. Gronkowski
finishes the 2013 season with 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns.
He missed the first six games of the campaign while recovering from offseason
back and forearm surgeries.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians revealed Monday that rookie safety
Tyrann Mathieu tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee in the team's recent
win over the St. Louis Rams. The injury will sideline Mathieu for the final
three regular-season games while also putting his availability for the start
of the 2014 campaign in question. Arians told reporters that the former LSU
star will undergo surgery later this month and isn't likely to be medically
cleared for the start of next summer's training camp. Mathieu had his left leg
tangled while fielding a free kick that followed an Arizona safety during the
third quarter of the Cardinals' 30-10 victory over the Rams on Sunday. He
remained on the ground in obvious pain before being carted to the locker room.
The 2013 third-round pick had started Arizona's last 10 games at safety and
currently ranks second on the team with 68 tackles. Mathieu added two
interceptions, one sack and nine passes defensed during his strong rookie
Josh McCown threw four touchdown passes and ran one in, while Matt Forte
amassed 175 yards and a score as the Chicago Bears crushed the Dallas Cowboys,
45-28, on Monday night. Making his fourth straight start in place of an
injured Jay Cutler, McCown was 27-for-36 for 348 yards, while Forte carried
the ball 20 times for 102 yards, and added seven catches for 73 yards and a
score for the Bears (7-6), who snapped a two-game skid. With the win, Chicago
moved into a tie with Detroit for first place in the NFC North. The Lions,
though, hold the tiebreaker as they beat the Bears in both matchups this
season. Tony Romo went just 11-for-20 for 104 yards, but didn't turn over the
ball and had three touchdown passes for the Cowboys (7-6), who had won their
past two coming in. Dallas, which fell to 11-16 in December with Romo under
center, dropped into second place in the NFC East, one game behind the Eagles,
who defeated the Lions on Sunday.
The Sacramento Kings acquired forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy and center
Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in a seven-player deal announced Monday.
The Kings traded guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards John Salmons, Patrick
Patterson and Chuck Hayes to the Raptors in return. Kings general manager Pete
D'Alessandro said the trade adds size and depth to his team's frontcourt.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri touted the deal's benefits in giving them flexibility
moving forward. Gay, who has averaged 18.0 points in seven-plus NBA seasons,
was dealt for the second time in 2013. In January, the Raptors acquired him
from the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team trade. Gay appeared in 33
games for Toronto last season and averaged 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2
assists in 18 games this season. He was shooting a career-low 38.8 percent
with a higher turnover rate than at any point in his career.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was suspended five games Monday for
kneeing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the head Saturday night. The
incident occurred in the first period when Neal kneed a defenseless Marchand,
who was on the ice, while skating past him. Neal was assessed a two-minute
minor for kneeing on the play. A five-game suspension is the maximum number
that can be received with a phone hearing, which Neal had with the league's
department of player safety on Monday. The penalty on Saturday precipitated a
scrum in which Bruins forward Shawn Thornton punched Penguins defenseman
Brooks Orpik twice. Orpik left the ice on a stretcher. Neal, who has 10 goals
and 10 assists this season, is eligible to return for a home game against
Minnesota on Dec. 19.
Arizona is No. 1 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll for the first
time since 2003. The Wildcats moved up one spot and were a near unanimous
choice, receiving 63 of a possible 65 first-place votes and 1,623 points from
a nationwide media panel. Michigan State had occupied the top spot, but a
79-65 home loss to North Carolina last week cleared a path for Arizona.
Syracuse picked up the remaining two first-place votes in the poll released
Monday and moved up two places to second. Ohio State climbed two spots to
third and Wisconsin vaulted four places to fourth. Michigan State fell to
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