Update on the latest in sports:


Kershaw, Trout nab MVP honors

NEW YORK (AP) — Clayton Kershaw was so dominant this season he ended a 46-year drought. The Dodgers star left-hander has won the National League MVP award a day after winning the Cy Young award. He becomes the first to win both in the same season since Bob Gibson in 1968.

Kershaw got 18 of the 30 first place votes to out-points Florida’s Giancarlo Stanton. Last year’s winner Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates wound up third in the voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Kershaw went 21-3 this season with a 1.77 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings. All were tops in the major leagues. He also threw a no-hitter.

Mike Trout has finally topped the balloting. After two straight runner-up finishes, the Angels center fielder is a unanimous choice as the American League Most Valuable Player. He got all 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He’s the first unanimous choice since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1997.

The 23-year old Trout hit .287 and set career highs with 36 homers and 111 RBIs this season. He also led the majors in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. Trout becomes the fifth youngest MVP in major league history.

Detroit’s Victor Martinez finished second, with Cleveland’s Michael Brantley third.


Source: Tigers, Martinez agree to deal

DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract with slugger Victor Martinez. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the agreement has not been announced.

The 35-year-old Martinez, hitting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs and helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title this season.


Peterson hearing set

NEW YORK (AP) — Running back Adrian Peterson will have a hearing via conference call on Monday about possible reinstatement with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson has been on that list since Sept. 18 following his indictment for felony child abuse in Texas. The running back pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault. That freed him from the court system provided he fulfills his probation terms.

The union has filed a non-injury grievance regarding when his paid leave on the commissioner’s exempt list is supposed to end. Lawyers representing the union and the NFL will discuss the grievance.


Bills visit Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A pair of 5-4 teams trying to keep alive post-season hopes meet tonight when the Dolphins host Buffalo. Both teams played well in losses last week that dropped both further back of AFC East leading New England.

Don’t look for a lot of scoring in this one. The Bills are last in red zone touchdown efficiency, while the Dolphins bring up the rear in red zone scoring.

Buffalo won the first meeting this season 29-10.


Silver disagrees with union head Roberts

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he “couldn’t disagree more” with comments made by Players Association executive director Michele Roberts about the league’s salary system.

Roberts told ESPN.com in an interview that the salary cap was ” un-American.”

Silver noted in a statement that there was nothing un-American in a unionized industry to have collective bargaining for paying employees.

The cap limits the total amount teams can spend on player salaries and is at an all-time high of $63.1 million.


7-1 teams play

UNDATED (AP) — The two teams that share the best record in the NBA are part of a four-game schedule tonight.

Toronto takes a 7-1 mark and five-game winning streak into its home game against Chicago in a meeting of division leaders. The Raptors are a perfect 5-0 at home this season to help them top the Atlantic Division. Central Division-leading Chicago has built a 6-2 mark and is a perfect 4-0 on the road.

Memphis sits atop the Southwest Division with its 7-1 mark heading into a home game against Sacramento. The Grizzlies take a 17-game home court winning streak into tonight’s showdown. The Kings will be trying to shake off the effects of blowing a 24-point lead in a loss at Dallas Tuesday.


Changes in NBA All-Star voting

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is expanding the All-Star ballot to include all players, and pushing back the start of voting so fans can better consider their choices.

Voting for the Feb. 15 game in New York will open Dec. 11. It traditionally began this week, when teams aren’t even 10 games into their seasons.

The ballot on NBA.com will for the first time feature every player in the league.


Familiar foes

UNDATED (AP) — For the second time in five days, the top two teams in the NHL Central Division square off when St. Louis hosts Nashville. The Predators skated into the Gateway City Saturday night and ended St. Louis’ seven-game winning streak.

Nashville has won three straight and cling to a one-point lead over the Blues. Filip Forsberg has fueled the Predators recent success with goals in five consecutive games and 10 points in his last six.

There are nine games on the NHL schedule tonight.


Crowded at the top

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Daniel Berger had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on his final nine for a 6-under 65 and share of the first-round lead in the OHL Classic.

Will MacKenzie, Robert Garrigus, Steve Wheatcroft, Hudson Swafford and Tony Finau also shot 65. Fifty-year old Davis Love III was a stroke back in a group that included Aaron Baddeley, Charley Hoffman and Pat Perez.

Defending champion Harris English closed with a three-putt bogey for a 67.


Kim takes lead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Christina Kim posted two eagles on the way to a 7-under 65 to grab the early in the first round of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Azahara Munoz is a shot back. Teen-ager Lydia Ko’s 67, left her two shots off the pace.


Former major leaguer, manager Dark dies

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — Longtime manager and star shortstop Alvin Dark has died. He was 92. The Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, South Carolina, says said Dark died Thursday at his home.

Dark was the major league Rookie of the year in 1948 and a three-time All-Star. He played for and managed World Series champions.

In 1951, Dark began one of the greatest rallies in baseball history with a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning for the New York Giants in an NL pennant playoff against Brooklyn. Bobby Thomson capped that comeback with a home run that became known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”