NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics has been chosen as the AL manager for the year after guiding his team to a huge turnaround season. Melvin was picked narrowly for the award today over Baltimore's Buck Showalter in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Melvin was also chosen in 2007 with Arizona. Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals won the NL honor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have retained most of their coaching staff for 2013, with John Valentin serving as assistant to new hitting coach Mark McGwire. Don Mattingly returns for his third season as manager after guiding the team to an 86-76 record last season. Valentin served as hitting coach for Triple-A Albuquerque last season and Double-A Chattanooga in 2010.
UNDATED (AP) — An NFL executive says he doesn't "anticipate any real impetus for change" after St. Louis and San Francisco played to a 24-all tie last weekend. It was the first tie game in four years and only the fifth since 1990. The current rule that limits regular-season overtime to one period is likely to stay the same for a while.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Jeff Tedford said he expects to meet next week with athletic director Sandy Barbour to discuss his future after the Golden Bears finish their worst season during Tedford's tenure. Tedford said today he will begin a thorough evaluation of what went wrong for the program as soon as the season ends Saturday night at No. 15 Oregon State. The Bears are 3-8 overall and 2-6 in Pac-12 play.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mary Laver, wife of tennis great Rod Laver, has died after a long illness. She was 84. Rod Laver says Mary Laver died yesterday morning at their home in Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. They were married for 46 years and had one son, Rick, who was born three weeks after Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969. The Australian-born Laver is the only person to have won the Grand Slam twice, the first coming in 1962.