Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge lead Silver Slugger winners

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Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton bats during the first inning of a game against Atlanta.

From staff and wire reports 

The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge topped the list of Major League Baseball’s Silver Slugger award winners Thursday. The prize goes to the best hitters at each position in each league. Stanton, who led the majors with 59 home runs this season, won for the second time. Judge hit a rookie-record 52 home runs. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and Giants catcher Buster Posey won their fourth awards. Rounding out the American League were Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Angels outfielder Justin Upton, Astros outfielder George Springer, and Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Joining Stanton and Posey in the National League were Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright . . . Rob Thomson was the first candidate to be interviewed to replace former Yankees manager Joe Girardi. A bench coach on Girardi's staff for the past decade, Thomson said communication skill is among his strengths . . . Don Mattingly will return for the third season of his four-year contract as manager of the Marlins, said Michael Hill, president of baseball operations.


UMass upsets Providence in hockey

Freshman Austin Albrecht broke a 2-2 deadlock in the third period with his first collegiate goal to help UMass’s hockey team (5-5-0, 2-2-0 Hockey East) pull off a 5-2 upset of No. 8 Providence (5-4-0, 2-3-0) in Amherst. Albrecht’s winner came 1:43 into the third period off an offensive zone faceoff win by George Mika. It was UMass’s first win over a top-10 team since 2013 . . . Rick Pitino’s lawyer said allegations in an indictment that implies the former Louisville men’s basketball coach was involved and aware of money payments to recruits are ‘‘false, misleading and defamatory.’’ Steve B. Pence reiterated that Pitino had no knowledge of any payments to players. Christian Dawkins, who was indicted on Tuesday, said during a recorded conversation a coach agreed to call an Adidas executive for money to send the family of a recruit. Pitino is not named in the indictment. Pitino was fired Oct. 16 by Louisville’s Athletic Association after the school acknowledged that it was being investigated in a national federal corruption probe of college basketball. Pence in a release Thursday called Dawkins’s allegation ‘‘wholly uncorroborated, inconsistent with other proof and, more importantly, false.’’ Pence suggested that Dawkins dropped the coach’s name ‘‘to enhance his stature with co-conspirators.’’ . . . UConn basketball guard Jalen Adams was charged with a misdemeanor after police say he left the scene of a crash involving a scooter he was operating Wednesday night. Police say Adams was was among four men who were racing their scooters on campus when the one Adams was operating hit the back of another. Nobody was injured. Adams was released after posting a $500 bond.


Kizzire shoots 62 to lead OHL Classic


Patton Kizzire ran off six straight birdies in the middle of his round Thursday for a career-low 9-under-par 62 and a two-shot lead in the PGA’s OHL Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Vaughn Taylor played bogey-free for a 64. Rickie Fowler, playing for the first time since the Presidents Cup on Oct. 1, showed little rust in opening with a 65 . . . Ashleigh Buhai shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in Hainan, China.


Altidore says video supports his story

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Toronto forward Jozy Altidore said video backs his account of last weekend's tunnel clash with New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan, which caused both players to be ejected from the second leg of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference semifinal. Toronto appealed Altidore's red card and one-game suspension, discipline that would cause him to miss the first leg of the conference final at Columbus on Nov. 21 . . . Retired American star Landon Donovan will not run for president of the US Soccer Federation, confirmed his agent Richard Motzkin. Boston lawyer Steve Gans is among the candidates for election in February . . . Kansas City’s Ike Opara was voted Major League Soccer Defender of the Year after helping his team win the US Open Cup title . . . Alex Morgan scored and Alyssa Naeher had a late stop to help the US women’s national soccer team to a 1-1 draw with Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Winter sports

More Russian skiers found guilty of doping

Four more Russian cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including three-time silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin. The four were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee and banned from all future Olympics. The other three skiers found guilty — Alexei Petukhov, Yulia Ivanova, and Evgenia Shapovalova — did not win medals . . . Canada’s Kaillie Humphries won the first World Cup women's bobsled race of the season at Lake Placid, N.Y. Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States was second, and Germany's Stephanie Schneider took third . . . Yuzuru Hanyu pulled out of the NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan, after injuring his ankle in practice, a setback that could have a serious impact on his preparations for an Olympic title defense. Hanyu withdrew before the short program on Friday, a day after falling while attempting a quadruple lutz in practice, and three months before the Pyeongchang Olympics.


Bucks coach Kidd fined $15,000

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating in a loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night. Kidd made the comments after the 124-119 loss Tuesday night. Milwaukee was called for 31 personal fouls to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers attempted 38 free throws . . . The NBA will hold the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press. Commissioner Adam Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and team officials are scheduled to make the official announcement in Chicago on Friday afternoon . . . Police in Memphis believe they have found the gun used to kill former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. The gun was found in a lake in Walnut, Miss., about 75 miles east of the city. Wright's body was found in a swampy field in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010. No one has been arrested in his death . . . Chilean authorities denied former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson entry into the country and sent him back to the US, apparently because of his criminal record. Tyson came to Chile to take part in a promotional event for a TV channel.