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  • Baseball: Votto voted NL's MVP

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Votto and Albert Pujols had a long conversation behind the batting cage before a game a few years ago.

    "There's something about a star player of that magnitude kind of pulling you in and saying, it's OK, we can talk, don't be a rookie right now, we're going to talk like men," Votto said. "I think he made me feel comfortable and a little more confident."

  • Women's basketball: UConn wins 80th in row, topping No. 2 Baylor

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Maya Moore missed, and suddenly Connecticut's grip on women's college basketball was in jeopardy.

    Baylor had one more shot to topple the No. 1 Huskies and end their record winning streak. But the No. 2 Lady Bears simply ran out of time, their last try a little too short and a little too late.

  • Baseball: Posey, Feliz picked as Rookies of the Year

    NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz wound up together on the winning side Monday when they were voted the Rookies of the Year.

    Earlier this month, Posey singled off Feliz as the Giants beat Texas in the clinching Game 5 of the World Series.

    "It's hard to believe it's been two weeks," Posey said.

  • Football: Vick, Eagles embarrass McNabb & Redskins 59-28

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Forget about the contract: The Philadelphia Eagles weren't happy with Donovan McNabb's words. And they were thoroughly upset with LaRon Landry's alleged dirty deeds, both before and during the game.

    The best way to handle it? Have Michael Vick and the offense run up the score.

  • Football: Auburn coach says Newton allegations 'pure garbage'

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers found themselves defending quarterback Cam Newton for the second time in five days, this time adamantly sticking up for the Heisman hopeful in the wake of allegations of academic cheating when he was at Florida.

  • Football: Steelers hold on for 27-21 win over Bengals

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The ball headed straight for Jordan Shipley. So did James Harrison.

    Care to guess which one won?

    The often-fined Harrison lowered his shoulder and helped knock the ball loose from Shipley near the 5-yard line on Cincinnati's final play, preserving a 27-21 victory over the Bengals on Monday night that left the AFC North with an old, familiar look.

  • 1-win Dallas Cowboys fire coach

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Jerry Jones never wanted to change coaches this season. As the blowout losses mounted, and Wade Phillips' defense was mostly to blame, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys had no choice.

    Jones fired Phillips on Monday and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to take his place on an interim basis. Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni was promoted to replace Phillips' other role as defensive coordinator.

  • Jockeys Borel, Castellano fight at Breeders' Cup--video extra included

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jockey fights in horse racing are as much a part of the sport as whips, saddles and the $2 bet.

    Most times, the dustups take place behind closed doors, not in the winner's circle.

    And certainly not on national television following a Breeders' Cup race.

  • Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson dead at 76

    Reds fans were taken aback when Sparky Anderson showed up in Cincinnati for his first day as a big league manager, an unknown taking over baseball's first professional team.

    Sparky who?

    Really?

    By the time he was done, this man with the shock of white hair and schoolboy nickname would produce a mighty list of achievements that featured three World Series titles — including crowns in each league — and a Hall of Fame entry on his resume.

  • Giants give City by the Bay its long-awaited title

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Buster Posey caught the final strike, started to rush the mound, then stopped and turned toward the dugout.

    The rookie catcher wasn't quite sure what to do or where to go. Hard to blame him, either. It's not as if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series every day.