Last Update on December 09, 2013 23:49 GMT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-HEISMAN FINALISTS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Florida State's Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL'), Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
The six finalists invited to Saturday's ceremony in New York are the most since 1994.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award Saturday night in New York now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award.
Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and `75.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Chris Petersen says a combination of timing and fit led to his decision to leave Boise State after eight seasons to take the head coaching job at Washington. Petersen was introduced as the Huskies new coach at a news conference today.
The 49-year old was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. He replaces Steve Sarkisian (sar-KEE'-zhun), who was 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before taking the job at USC.
MLB-HALL OF FAME
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.
They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
UNDATED (AP) -- Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. The 36-year-old right-hander cited a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and spend more time with his family,
Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He choked up and held back tears while making the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Two teams in the heat of division races meet on what's expected to be frigid weather in tonight's football game.
Chicago hosts Dallas with both teams vying for a share of first place in their respective divisions. The 7-5 Cowboys have won two straight and trail Philadelphia by a half-game for the NFC East lead, while the slumping Bears have lost six of their last nine to fall to 6-6. They enter tonight's play a half-game back of Detroit for first in the NFC North.
The numbers would suggest Dallas would be wise to establish a running game. The Bears rank last in the NFL in rushing defense yielding five yards a carry. That includes allowing 199 rushing yards or more in four of the last six games.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he's thinking about sitting starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season because of concern that the quarterback could be injured. The possibility came a day after the Washington was routed by Kansas City 45-10.
Shanahan points out Griffin has been sacked 24 times in five games, and that two of the Redskins' three remaining games will be played on artificial turf, including Sunday at Atlanta.
It's a reversal of Shanahan's previous stance that Griffin needed as many game snaps as possible to improve. Washington is 3-10.
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL and further left knee damage. He was injured in yesterday's win over St. Louis while returning a kick. Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says Mathieu will undergo surgery.
In other injury news;
-- New England has placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a damaged right knee suffered in Sunday's win over Cleveland. Gronkowski was hurt when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a reception. Gronkowski missed the first six games this season after forearm and back surgeries. In the next six games, he led all NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving. On Sunday, he had two catches for 32 yards.
-- Wes Welker is unlikely to suit up for Denver's game Thursday against San Diego after leaving yesterday's win over Tennessee with his second concussion in four games. Coach John Fox didn't rule out his receiver but said Welker's health is the top priority, and he would go through the standard NFL protocol for players who have endured concussions.
-- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has a concussion and his status for the team's game against Carolina Sunday is uncertain. He was injured in the Jets win over Oakland.
-- A person familiar with the injury tells The Associated Press that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL and damaged MCL. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team made no announcement. There was no word on when surgery would be done.
-- Minnesota star running back Adrian Peterson's X-rays showed no broken bones in his right foot, but he was having a CT scan for further evaluation. He was injured in yesterday's loss to Baltimore. Peterson says he is planning on playing Sunday against Philadelphia, but it was too early to determine his status.
-- An MRI shows Panthers' backup running back Jonathan Stewart tore the MCL in his right knee in last night's loss to New Orleans. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Stewart will be out a minimum of 10 days, but remains optimistic he could return at some point this season.
UNDATED (AP) -- Memphis swingman Quincy Pondexter has a stress fracture in his right foot that will keep him out indefinitely. He hurt his foot Saturday night in a loss to Golden State. The 25-year-old Pondexter was averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18 minutes per game.
Elsewhere around the league:
-- Milwaukee general manager John Hammond says center Zaza Pachulia (pah-KOOL'-yuh) will be sidelined with a right foot fracture suffered in last week's 105-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-11 center will have to wear a walking boot before being re-examined in four weeks. He had been a solid contributor on a team beset by injuries, averaging 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games.
-- New Orleans say guard Tyreke Evans is expected to miss up to two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He was injured in the Pelicans loss to Oklahoma City Friday.
UNDATED (AP) -- The trade sending Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors to the Sacramento Kings is complete.
The teams announced the seven-player deal Monday, less than 24 hours after they reached an agreement. The Raptors received Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also acquired Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.
Gay, Gray and Acy will not be in uniform when the Kings host the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-POLL
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona has moved up one spot to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, the Wildcats' first top ranking since 2003.
Arizona (9-0) was a runaway choice at No. 1, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.
Syracuse got the other first-place votes and moves to No. 2. Ohio State jumps two places to third, while Wisconsin climbs four spots to fourth. Michigan State, which had been No. 1 for three weeks, drops to fifth after losing by 14 at home to North Carolina.
Louisville is No. 6, followed by Oklahoma State, Duke, Connecticut and Villanova.
North Carolina moved back into the poll at No. 18 after a one-week absence.