Top managers to be honored
UNDATED (AP) — Bruce Bochy (BOH’-chee), who managed the Giants to a World Series championship, is one of three finalists for National League skipper of the year. The other two are Washington’s Matt Williams and reigning NL Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle of the Pirates. Bochy is the dean of big league mangers with 20 years in the books while Williams just completed his rookie season. If Hurdle should win he would be the first man to win the award two years in a row in the National League since Bobby Cox with the Braves in 2004-’05.
The three finalists in the American League are Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, the Angels’ Mike Scioscia (SOH’-shuh) and Kansas City’s Ned Yost. Showalter’s Orioles won the American League East by 12 games, while Yost and his Royals finished second in the AL Central before a run to the World Series in October. Scioscia, who has been named AL Manager of the Year twice already, led the Angels to 98 wins this past season, most in baseball.
Sever injuries for Willis of the Niners and Robinson of Jaguars
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A strained left big toe has reportedly put an end to the season for San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis. A person with knowledge of the injury says Willis will miss the remainder of the season and require surgery for the injury. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced details of Willis’ status or any updates on what’s next.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Willis has missed the past three games for the 5-4 Niners after injuring the toe in the third quarter at St. Louis on Oct. 13.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed receiver Allen Robinson on injured reserve with a broken right foot. He suffered the injury in Sunday’s loss to Dallas in London. A second-round draft pick from Penn State, Robinson has been one of Jacksonville’s bright spots on offense this season. He had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns for the 1-9 Jaguars.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed quarterback Ryan Lindley. He was released by the team at the end of the preseason and takes the roster spot of Carson Palmer, who was placed on injured reserve after tearing an ACL in Sunday’s win over St. Louis. Lindley was signed by Arizona from the San Diego Chargers practice squad.
Six game card in the NBA tonight
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are off to a good start to the new season with a record of 6-1. They’ve won four straight and enter tonight’s home game with Orlando in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Memphis Grizzlies are off to just as good a start as the Raptors as they have won six of their first seven games. They are home this evening to the Lakers, who won their first game of the season two days ago to go with five defeats.
Defending league champion San Antonio is off to a slow start with three wins in six games. The Spurs are on the road tonight for a game with Golden State, which is 5-1 on the season.
In other games tonight, the banged up Oklahoma City Thunder are in Milwaukee to play the Bucks, Sacramento is at Dallas and the Blazers, who lead the Northwest Division with a record of 4-3, are home to Charlotte.
Busy night on ice
UNDATED (AP) — It’s been a real ride for fans of the Minnesota Wild this season. After a start of 7-3-0 to the season they have lost three straight by a combined score of 11-2. Tonight the Wild are in New Jersey to face the Devils in the first of two games this season.
The second and final meeting of the season between the Islanders and Avalanche is this evening in New York. The Avs won the first game 5-0 but since then are 1-3-1. This is the second of four road games for Colorado, which lost to the Flyers last Saturday with a 4-3 loss. The Islanders are coming off a five-game road trip in which they won the last three games.
The last time the Penguins and Rangers met was in the Eastern Conference playoffs last spring. Tonight’s game is the first of five encounters this season. They face off again in four days in Pittsburgh.
After having lost five straight the Capitals have won their last two games. This evening they are playing host to Columbus, which hasn’t won in about three weeks.
Tampa Bay has been having its way with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning haven’t lost a game to the Blackhawks since 2009-2010, going 4-0-1. Tonight they are playing in the Second City.
The rest of tonight’s schedule has Winnipeg playing at Montreal, the Panthers home to the Sharks, Buffalo at St. Louis, Edmonton at Nashville, the Coyotes at home to the Stars and Ottawa at Vancouver.
Habs and Stars pull of deal
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars have worked out a deal. The Canadiens acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar (SUR’-gay GAHN’-char) from the Stars for forward Travis Moen (MOH’-ehn). Gonchar missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury and has one assist in three games since his return. Moen has yet to record a point in 10 games this season.
Tigers may not have to receiver for big game
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — When ninth-ranked Auburn faces No. 16 Georgia this Saturday the Tigers may not have receiver D’haquille (dah-KEEL’) Williams. Coach Gus Malzahn didn’t rule Williams out for the game but said, “it’s probably unlikely.” Williams injured his right knee against Texas A&M. The junior college transfer is leading Auburn with 38 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns.
Cards lose QB
UNDATED (AP) — The Louisville Cardinals have lost quarterback will Gardner for the rest of the season.
The school announced Tuesday afternoon that Gardner is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee during Saturday’s 38-19 victory at Boston College. That means freshman Reggie Bonnafon, who threw for two touchdowns against BC, will take over for the Cardinals when they return from a bye at No. 15 Notre Dame on Nov. 22.
Senior transfer Brett Nelson and redshirt freshman Kyle Bolin have also been listed on the Cardinals’ depth chart this season.
The Cardinals (7-3, 5-3, Atlantic Coast Conference) were 5-2 in Gardner’s seven starts. He has 1,669 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Bring on the investigation
PHOENIX (AP) — Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein says the club doesn’t mind if Major League Baseball wants to investigate if it tampered with Joe Maddon before hiring him as its manager. Some have suggested that it was improper how Maddon was hired by the Cubs shortly after he resigned as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
To pave the way for the hiring of Maddon, the Cubs fired Rick Renteria (rehn-tur-EE’-ah) after one year on the job.
Epstein recently said that the Cubs checked with baseball to be sure Maddon was OK to talk with other clubs before negotiating with him.