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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 6:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown. And Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring.

The pair of batting champions won baseball's top individual honors Thursday by large margins.

Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, won the AL MVP by receiving 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points from a panel of Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The Detroit third baseman easily beat Los Angeles Angels rookie center fielder Mike Trout, who had six firsts and 281 points.

In spring training, Posey's focus was just to get back on the field. His 2011 season was cut short by a collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins on May 25 that resulted in a fractured bone in Posey's lower left leg and three torn ankle ligaments.

Posey not only returned, he became the first catcher in 70 years to win the NL batting title and helped San Francisco win its second World Series championship in three seasons.

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Bud Selig said he is examining the pending blockbuster trade that sends at least three of Miami's best players to Toronto for a package of prospects just seven months after the Marlins moved into their new home, which was financed primarily with tax money.

Speaking at the conclusion of the owners' meetings, Selig said he also is aware of fan anger in South Florida but is going to do what's in the best interests of the sport.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are asking that former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra serve a 2½-year prison sentence for pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors said in court documents that a 30-month sentence is appropriate for Dykstra because he has acted as if he was above the law for years.

PRO FOOTBALL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat.

The team said it anticipates Harbaugh will be back at the 49ers facility Friday, though it's unclear in what capacity. No details about the procedure were given.

The NFC West-leading 49ers (6-2-1) host the NFC-North leading Chicago Bears (7-2) on Monday night at Candlestick Park.

BOSTON (AP) — Professional football can evolve into a safer game without sacrificing the physical play — or, some would say, violence — that has made it so popular, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a speech on player safety at the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Football has always evolved, and it always will," he told an overflow crowd of a few hundred. "Make no mistake: change does not inhibit the game; it improves it."

In a long-planned appearance that came four days after three starting NFL quarterbacks were knocked out with concussions, Goodell said that the league has already improved the way it handles hits to the head.

PRO BASKETBALL

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Mike D'Antoni circled the court 2 feet at a time, moving smoothly on crutches while his Los Angeles Lakers went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan.

Although D'Antoni's surgically replaced knee is slowing him down a bit, he couldn't wait any longer to get the Lakers rolling.

D'Antoni formally took over the Lakers four days after the slow-starting club hired him to replace Mike Brown. The former Knicks and Suns coach is still on crutches and pain medication after surgery earlier this month, but thinks he'll soon be back to normal while he attempts to transform the Lakers into his vision of an up-tempo, high-scoring team.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

ATLANTA (AP) — Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw was arrested after being accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows.

Atlanta police said that the incident happened Tuesday after the Olympic gold medalist followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.

No one was injured. Lacy identified the 35-year-old Holdsclaw, one of the biggest stars in women's college basketball history during her career at Tennessee, as an ex-girlfriend. They were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MIAMI (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to televise the Orange Bowl, with the conference champion facing either Notre Dame or a team from the Big Ten or SEC.

The deal announced Thursday begins with the 2014 season and runs through 2026. ESPN.com has previously reported that the network will play about $55 million per year for the game.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson was found safe in Dallas three days after he disappeared from campus.

Johnson's mother, Linda Hanks, says Texas A&M University police told her the 18-year-old was unharmed.

University police said they traveled to Dallas to look for Johnson on Wednesday. Johnson was found safe about 2:30 a.m. Thursday with the help of the Dallas police and the Texas Rangers.

PRO HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) — Negotiations had already hit a wall in the ongoing hockey labor fight, and now the NHL has suggested the sides take an official two-week break before getting back to the bargaining table.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman floated the idea of a break to players' association executive director Donald Fehr. The union hasn't responded to the league yet, but the players maintained their position on Thursday night that they are ready and willing to meet at any time, and the only way to reach a deal to end the long lockout is to keep talking and negotiating.

GOLF

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Suzann Pettersen birdied two of her last three holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu and Sun Young Yoo in the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia's Matthew Guyatt upstaged the marquee players at the Australian Masters, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round at Kingston Heath.

HONG KONG (AP) — Spain's Javier Colomo shot a 6-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the Hong Kong Open, leaving top-ranked defending champion Rory McIlroy nine strokes back.

TENNIS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former doubles champion Bob Hewitt was suspended from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport after an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused girls he coached, and his legacy has been stripped from the institution.

SOCCER

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo reportedly married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens this week, hours after Stevens was released from custody following a domestic violence arrest.

KING5-TV reported that Solo and Stevens were married Tuesday night near Snohomish during a small ceremony. A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance earlier Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault.

He was arrested early Monday for investigation of fourth-degree domestic violence assault but has not been charged.

OLYMPICS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Power and communications have been restored at IOC headquarters, four days after a burst water main sent water flooding through the building.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the building has partly reopened but probably won't be fully operational for several more weeks.

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