Hurdle, Francona awarded
Clint Hurdle, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first post-season berth in 21 years, was named National League Manager of the Year, while Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians took home the American League honors on Tuesday. Hurdle steered the playoff-deprived Pirates to a 94-68 record last season, which also marked their first winning season since 1992, to claim a wild-card playoff berth following a 79-83 mark the previous season. Hurdle received 25 of the 30 first-place votes to win by a wide margin. Francona, who led the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, won his first Manager of the Year award after taking Cleveland into the post-season with a wild-card berth in his first season in charge of the Indians. In a tight race, Francona, whose Indians went from 68-94 to 92-70, collected 16 first-place votes to 12 for John Farrell, who led the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title.
Coach Whatmore to quit
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore will not seek an extension to his two-year contract when it expires in February, the Australian has told the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PCB confirmed on Tuesday that Whatmore, who took charge of the team in March last year, has informed them he cannot continue due to personal and family reasons. “Earlier this month, Mr Whatmore informed the PCB that he would not be seeking a renewal of his contract due to personal and family reasons,” the PCB said in a statement. Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to a shock win in the 1996 World Cup and has also coached Bangladesh, has come under fire this year since Pakistan were whitewashed in a Test series in South Africa. Pakistan also had a poor Champions Trophy and lost a one-day international and a Test match to Zimbabwe, before being outclassed in the recent one-day international series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.
Chievo fire coach Sannino
Bottom-placed AC Chievo Verona have fired their coach Giuseppe Sannino and rehired Eugenio Corini after winning just one of their opening 12 matches in Serie A. Chievo made the announcement on their Web site on Tuesday, two days after holding AC Milan to a goalless draw at home. Corini, who coached Chievo last season and helped the club avoid relegation, has penned a two-year contract. Chievo have six points and have scored a league-worst seven goals. It was the fourth coaching change in Serie A this season. Delio Rossi was fired by UC Sampdoria on Monday, with Fabio Liverani (Genoa) and Rolando Maran (Catania) also having been dismissed this season.
Kansas City’s Bowe arrested
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, one of the top pass catchers for the NFL’s lone remaining unbeaten team, has been arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana. Police in Riverside, Missouri, said Bowe was pulled over for speeding on Sunday and a strong odor of marijuana was detected from his vehicle. A drug-detecting dog found containers with 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams of marijuana in a black bag that also contained Bowe’s wallet. Another 4.2 grams of marijuana were found in a bag that belonged to a passenger, George Thompson, who like Bowe was arrested. A third passenger in the vehicle was not arrested and posted bond for Bowe and Thompson, who face a Dec. 18 court date. Bowe has made 33 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns this season.