Wednesday's Around The Nation — Price, Dickey names Cy Young Award winners

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BASEBALL

Price, Dickey named Cy Young Award winners

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball’s Cy Young awards on Wednesday.

Price barely beat out 2011 winner Justin Verlander for the American League prize in one of the closest votes ever. Dickey was an easy choice for the NL honor in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The 38-year-old Dickey became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, an achievement mentors such as Hall of Famer Phil Niekro are quite proud of.

Runner-up two years ago, Price was the pick this time by the slimmest of margins. He received 14 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 153 points to 149 for Verlander, chosen first on 13 ballots.

Price went 20-5 to tie Jered Weaver for the American League lead in victories and winning percentage. The 27-year-old lefty had the lowest ERA at 2.56 and finished sixth in strikeouts with 205.

Dickey garnered 27 of 32 first-place votes and easily outdistanced 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gio Gonzalez of Washington finished third.

Dickey joined Dwight Gooden (1985) and three-time winner Tom Seaver as the only Mets pitchers to win the award. The right-hander was the club’s first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. And perhaps most impressive, Dickey did it during a season when the fourth-place Mets finished 74-88.

BASKETBALL

UCLA files appeal of Muhammad decision

UCLA has filed an appeal with the NCAA regarding freshman Shabazz Muhammad being ruled ineligible.

Coach Ben Howland said Wednesday that the appeal is expected to be heard on Friday and the school hopes to have a resolution shortly thereafter.

The NCAA ruled last Friday that Muhammad was ineligible to play basketball after violating amateurism rules, leaving the Bruins without their highly touted recruit to start the season.

At the time, athletic director Dan Guerrero said UCLA believed “the decision is incorrect and unjust to Shabazz.”

Muhammad has been practicing with the team and sat on the bench for the 13th-ranked Bruins’ first two games, both wins.

OSU women down Bearcats at home

Columbus — The No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated The University of Cincinnati Bearcats, 87-49 on Wednesday night at Value City Arena.

Senior Tayler Hill had 21 points for Ohio State in the winning effort, while sophomore Raven Ferguson chipped in with 16 points of her own.

FOOTBALL

Bryant agrees to year

of anger management

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has agreed to a year of anger management counseling as part of a deal that could lead to the dismissal of a family violence charge over a dispute with his mother.

Attorney Royce West said Wednesday that Bryant was already attending anger management sessions, and he said the Dallas County district attorney’s office would dismiss the misdemeanor charge if Bryant stays out of trouble for a year.

Bryant was arrested in July in suburban Dallas after he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, in the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says he also grabbed his mother by her T-shirt. Bryant’s mother filed an affidavit asking prosecutors not to file charges.

West said the deal with prosecutors was not a plea agreement, and that the family always thought it could settle the matter.

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