NEW YORK – Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians won the AL Manager of the Year award in a close vote, and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates was a runaway winner in the National League after both guided small-budget teams to charming turnarounds.
Francona edged John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox by 16 points in Baseball Writers’ Association of America balloting announced Tuesday. Francona received 16 of 30 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell.
Hurdle was selected first on 25 of 30 NL ballots after steering the Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.
Around the leagues
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. … Marlon Byrd is closing in on an agreement with Philadelphia after hitting a career-high 24 homers this year for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh. …
Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre said momentum is growing toward taking action that would help prevent collisions at home plate and he expects players and umpires will agree to expanded replay for the 2014 season.
Around the court
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list, and Dallas beat Washington 105-95 Tuesday. Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West. Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points. …
In Miami, LeBron James scored 33 points and got the entire fourth quarter off as Miami had little trouble on the way to beating Milwaukee 118-95. John Henson and Gary Neal each scored 18 points for Milwaukee. …
Chicago said Derrick Rose is day to day with a sore right hamstring.
Term limits set for playoff panel
Term limits were set for members of the College Football Playoff selection committee with the terms of Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese ending in 2016; Barry Alvarez, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning and Condoleezza Rice ending in 2017; and Tom Jernstedt, Jeff Long, Dan Radakovich, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham ending in 2018.
LPGA Tour wins Challenge
Stacy Lewis shot 7-under 65 to lead the LPGA Tour team to the championship of the 3Tour Challenge in Henderson, Nev. The LPGA Tour combined for a score of 17 under, edging the Champions Tour by one stroke and beating the PGA Tour by nine strokes.
Komets pick up, waive defensemen
The Komets added defenseman William Lacasse from Bloomington, according to the Southern Professional Hockey League website. The team waived defenseman Kyle Follmer, who hadn’t played a game after injuring his groin during training camp.
Warriors sign Leo forward
Indiana Tech signed Ryan Mattison, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound forward from Leo. He will play for Tech after three seasons with the Fort Wayne Federals.