Trout, Harper voted Rookies of the Year
NEW YORK — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals have been voted Rookies of the Year for their breakout seasons following late-April call-ups from the minor leagues.
Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s AL panel and was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008.
Harper got 16-of-32 first-place votes and 112 points from the NL panel. Arizona pitcher Wade Miley was second with 12 first-place votes and 105 points, followed by Cincinnati slugger Todd Frazier with three firsts and 45 points.
Lakers hire D’Antoni as new head coach
LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni’s agent says the Los Angeles Lakers have signed the former coach of the Suns and Knicks to a four-year contract to replace Mike Brown.
Warren Legarie confirmed the deal late Sunday night, two days after the Lakers fired Brown five games into the season.
D’Antoni got the job over former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. The 11-time NBA champion coach spoke to the club’s top brass Saturday about a return.
Instead, the Lakers went with D’Antoni, who spent five seasons coaching Lakers point guard Steve Nash in Phoenix. D’Antoni then coached New York for the past three seasons, resigning last March.
Akron dominates John Carroll 97-53
AKRON — Brian Walsh led five players in double figures with 18 points as Akron routed Division III John Carroll 97-53 Monday night in a nonconference matchup.
Deji Ibitayo shot 6-of-8 from the field en route to 15 points, Alex Abreu and Jake Kretzer had 12, and Chauncey Giliam chipped in 10.
Akron (2-1) opened the game on a 9-3 run but a layup by Kyle Pisco helped John Carroll cut the deficit to 9-5. The Lobos, however, would get no closer, as Akron pushed its lead to 22 points — following a 20-2 run — and led 49-27 at halftime.
Walsh and Ibitayo scored six points apiece during the run.
Akron shot 59 percent (20-of-34) from the field, made six 3-pointers and pulled down 22 rebounds in the first half. The Zips extended their lead to as much as 48 points, 95-47, in the second half.
Cleveland State edges Bowling Green 79-73 in OT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tim Kamczyc scored 21 points, and Cleveland State outlasted Bowling Green 79-73 in overtime in an NIT game Monday night.
A’uston Calhoun scored 30 points for Bowling Green (1-1).
Marlin Mason had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland State (2-0), including two free throws with 17.1 seconds remaining in overtime that made it 77-73.
Bowling Green had the ball late in regulation, but Jordon Crawford lost it and Cleveland State was unable to score at the other end. The game went to overtime tied at 66.
Crawford finished with eight points, six assists and nine turnovers.
Cleveland State had five players in double figures. Charlie Lee had 14 points and 10 assists.
University of Houston player out of hospital after near-fatal injury
HOUSTON — A University of Houston defensive back has checked out of the hospital, six days after taking a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds the heart.
A statement from the university says cornerback D.J. Hayden was discharged from Memorial Hermann-Texas Trauma Institute in Houston on Monday afternoon. UH athletics spokesman David Bassity says Hayden and his family won’t be available for comment immediately.
Team physician Dr. Walter Lowe has said the senior was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital after the collision last Tuesday. Hayden was rushed into immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.
College football playoff to have six games, not seven
DENVER — 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.
In September, a proposal was put forth to add a seventh game to the format that would match the best team from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12.
But ultimately that plan was dumped, and instead an automatic spot was created to give those conferences access to the top games.