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Melvin, Snitker get top MGR honors…Bell snubs Steelers…Rams-Chiefs game moved to LA

NEW YORK (AP) – Oakland’s Bob Melvin has been named the American League Manager of the year for the third time, receiving 18 first-place votes and 121 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The Athletics won 97 games and finished second in the AL West before losing the wild-card game to the Yankees, one year after losing 87 games. Boston’s Alex Cora was second with 79 points, 22 more than Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.

NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Snitker is the National League Manager of the Year after leading the Braves to 90 victories and the NL East title. Snitker received 17 first-place votes, nine seconds and one third for 116 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for turning around a club that was 72-90 last season. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 99 points, followed by Colorado’s Bud Black with 41.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has refused to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender before yesterday’s deadline, making him ineligible to play for the AFC North leaders or anyone else this season. Bell declined to accept the offer after becoming one of only three players in recent NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive seasons, joining linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Second-year back James Connor has been outstanding during Bell’s absence, ranking third in the NFL with 771 yards rushing.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Monday’s anticipated matchup between the Rams and Kansas City Chiefs has been moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles by the NFL due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.” Both teams are 9-1, making it just the fifth game since the 1970 merger between teams with one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors suspended All-Star forward Draymond Green for last night’s game against Atlanta because of conduct detrimental to the team. He had a heated exchange with teammate Kevin Durant after Green lost the ball instead of passing it to Durant during the waning moments of regulation in Monday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Green has been off to a strong start this season for the two-time defending NBA champions, averaging 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists.

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