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Monday's Sports in Brief

Monday's Sports in Brief

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels' 21-year-old center fielder, was a unanimous pick as the youngest winner of the American League Rookie of the Year award, and 20-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper edged Arizona pitcher Wade Miley 112 points to 105 to become the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.

``It's pretty neat,'' said Trout, the son of former Minnesota minor leaguer Jeff Trout.

For the first time, players learned the voting results when they were announced on television.

Trout, who turned 21 on Aug. 7, received all 28 first-place votes from the AL panel of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008.

There could be more to come, too. Trout is among five finalists for AL MVP and is considered the chief challenger to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera for that award, which will be announced Thursday.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the Steelers' game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a broken right shoulder after getting slammed to the turf by a pair of Kansas City linebackers in the third quarter of Pittsburgh's 16-13 overtime win.

Coach Mike Tomlin declined to speculate on Roethlisberger's status, though backup Byron Leftwich sounds like he's planning to be pretty busy over the next few days.

Roethlisberger's injury put an exclamation point on a rough weekend for quarterbacks, with San Francisco's Alex Smith, Chicago's Jay Cutler and Philadelphia's Michael Vick all sustaining concussions.

Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-24 tie against the Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with the concussion.

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Yahoo Sports is apologizing for a site outage that left thousands of fantasy football players complaining of last-minute lineup problems and possible lost money on an NFL Sunday.

Ken Fuchs, head of entertainment, sports and games at Yahoo Inc., emailed players to apologize for problems with the site and its mobile apps.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The NFL said the 76-yard punt return by Denver's Trindon Holliday against Carolina on Sunday should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown.

In the second quarter of Denver's 36-14 win, the Broncos' 5-foot-5 returner raced up the sidelines and appeared to score. Replays showed Holliday prematurely celebrating the TD by flipping the ball out of his hands before crossing the goal line.

Replay official Bob Boylston confirmed the touchdown and, as a result, referee Alberto Riveron did not stop the game for an instant replay review.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

DENVER (AP) - The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group five conferences that includes the Big East.

The tweak to the postseason format that will start in 2014 was made Monday during a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he'll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday's race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers' crews.

``I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,'' Gordon said in a statement. ``I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.''

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will miss at least five more weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee and may not play in a game until early January.

When Bynum was hurt in mid-September, the team initially hoped its newly acquired star would be ready for the season opener Oct. 31. Late last month, though, the Sixers said he was out indefinitely.

DALLAS (AP) - Minnesota starting center Nikola Pekovic left the Timberwolves' game against Dallas with a sprained left ankle and didn't return.

Pekovic fell to the ground with 2:46 left in the third quarter and limped off the floor with the help of team trainers. The 6-foot-11 center scored 20 points before leaving.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic recovered from early breaks in both sets to beat Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 7-5 in the championship match at the ATP finals.

It was Djokovic's second victory at the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008, when the tournament was in Shanghai.

VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Lindsey Vonn has been admitted to a hospital in Vail with an undisclosed illness.

Her spokesman, Lewis Kay, had no other updates on the U.S. skier's condition.

The four-time World Cup overall champion skipped a slalom competition in Finland last weekend to prepare for upcoming races in Aspen. She also had a promotional event lined up for last Friday in Vail, but had to cancel because she was sick.

SOCCER

CHICAGO (AP) - After a two-game snub, Jozy Altidore is back on the U.S. men's roster for its final game of the season, an exhibition against Russia.

Altidore was among the 20 players named by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday's game against the Russians, ranked ninth in the world, in Krasnodar. Klinsmann had dropped Altidore from the roster for a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers because he was disappointed with the forward's performance in recent games and practice.

CYCLING

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board.

GOLF

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle says he has some hopes of returning to the PGA Tour in 2014 if he continues his current recovery from a second battle with leukemia.

The 31-year-old Lyle, who was first diagnosed with the disease at age 17, learned it had returned shortly after the recent birth of his first child, a daughter. He has since undergone chemotherapy, received a transplant of donor blood from umbilical cords and is making a strong recovery.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Justin Rose of Britain and Peter Hanson of Sweden won the Tyco Golf Skills Challenge at the Breakers on Monday.

Rose and Hanson - teammates on this year's Ryder Cup-winning European team - beat recent U.S. Ryder Cup rivals Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the Reverse Scramble finale on a breezy day to secure the title.

OLYMPICS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The headquarters of the IOC were closed after a burst water main sent water flooding through the building, damaging archives and knocking out power and communications.

OBITUARY

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Forrest ``Dew Drop'' Morgan, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the U.S. Olympic team, died.

His family said that Morgan died Saturday at AMC-Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. He was 90.

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NHL goalie for a day: Gavin McHale suits up as emergency goalie for the Caps in Winnipeg

NHL goalie for a day: Gavin McHale suits up as emergency goalie for the Caps in Winnipeg

Wednesday’s game in Winnipeg was a complete nightmare in terms of injuries for the Caps. There was a silver lining, however, as the Caps' nightmare turned into a dream night for local goalie Gavin McHale.

Prior to the game, the team announced Pheonix Copley would get the surprise start due to an upper-body injury to Braden Holtby. Head coach Todd Reirden said after the game that Holtby suffered the injury while working on the ice with goalie coach Scott Murray earlier in the day.

There is an emergency goalie available at every game for either team in case of situations such as the one the Caps faced Wednesday. The most famous example came in March when Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant, not only dressed for the Chicago Blackhawks but actually had to play when the team lost both Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injury.

With only one healthy goalie on the roster and no time to recall anyone from Hershey to get to Winnipeg, the Caps had to call on Winnipeg’s emergency goalie. Enter Winnipeg native McHale.

To their credit, the Caps made the best of a bad situation and welcomed McHale with open arms.

“I think the biggest thing is just every guy in here was so nice to me and made me feel so good, just to be a good person, it’s a really important piece of what hockey players are,” McHale said. “This is a pretty successful team last year so to be welcomed in like that in a bit of a crazy situation was a pretty nice feeling.”

“Pretty successful last year”? OK, bit of an understatement there, but sure.

Anyway….

McHale, 31, is the goaltending coach for the women’s hockey team at the University of Manitoba. The last time he played competitive hockey was in 2014-15 as a member of the Warren Mecs from the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League.

He also may or may not be a Jets fan.

“I’m not at liberty to say that right now,” McHale said.

Interestingly enough, lightning has struck twice for McHale as this was not the first time he has been called upon to be a backup in an NHL game. He suited up for the Colorado Avalanche in February as the emergency goalie when Jonathan Bernier appeared to suffer an injury against the Jets. Somehow, McHale did not get to keep his jersey from that night. This time, hopefully he will able to save his Caps sweater as a keepsake.

“If I get to keep it, it’s getting framed really fast,” McHale said. “There’s a couple puck marks on it too actually surprisingly.”

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5 must-see moments from the Wizards' blowout win over the Cavs, including John Wall owning Collin Sexton

5 must-see moments from the Wizards' blowout win over the Cavs, including John Wall owning Collin Sexton

The Washington Wizards blasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-95 on Wednesday night. Here are five plays or moments worth revisiting...

1. Wall vs Sexton: This game featured a matchup between one of the sport's most accomplished point guards and one who is just getting his career started. John Wall of the Wizards and Collin Sexton of the Cavs went at it and, not surprisingly, Wall had the edge on the rookie.

The five-time All-Star only scored eight points, but two of them came on a play that made Sexton show his inexperience. Wall zoomed down the court and had Sexton way off balance as he backpedaled towards the rim:

 

In addition to eight points, Wall had nine assists, two steals, and a block. He played only 21 minutes because the Wizards were able to rest their starters late due to the blowout.

2. Beal's big dunk: Bradley Beal put up some impressive numbers for a guy who only played 28 minutes. He posted 20 points with three assists, three rebounds, and three steals. He also hit his 900th career three-pointer.

This was his best play, a two-handed slam that Jordan Clarkson wanted no part of:

Speaking of Clarkson, what the heck was this, man?

3. Oubre's block: Kelly Oubre Jr. only shot 3-for-11, but did a lot of other things to help the Wizards win. He pulled in seven rebounds, had a steal and a block.

His block was nasty:

4. Mahinmi's first three: This was the most memorable moment of the night. Ian Mahinmi, playing in his 11th season and his 556th regular season, knocked down his first career three-pointer.

As we learned afterward, Wall set it all up. He told Mahinmi to go to the corner and, sure enough, it worked:

5. Beal's and-1: Beal had eight of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Wizards held off the Cavs' final push. This play was a good example of how he was just plain feeling it.

The Cavs had no hope in stopping him get to the rim for an and-1:

The Wizards have now won three straight games. At 5-9, they are only one game out of a playoff spot, which is crazy to think about given how poorly they started off the year.

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