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Strasburg, Soto joint MVP…Angels finalizes coaching staff…Cowboys’ Ross arrested

NEW YORK (AP) _ Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They will be honored at the chapter’s 97th annual dinner on Jan. 25. Mets rookie Pete Alonso was voted the Toast of the Town award and the Good Guy award. The Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) was selected New York player of the year.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Angels have finalized new manager Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for the 2020 season. The Angels retained hitting coach Jeremy Reed and hired Mickey Callaway as their new pitching coach. Brian Butterfield will be the Angels’ third base coach after the veteran infield coach spent the past two seasons working under Maddon in the same job for the Chicago Cubs.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two days into the MLB free agent market, the players’ association already is angry at a club. The Union head responded to remarks attributed to Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos during a conference call with media. Anthopoulos mentioned “connecting” with other clubs to find out what their plans for free agency might be, and the union characterized his remarks as evidence of prohibited collusion. The union says it’s investigating the matter. Baseball’s labor contract prohibits clubs from acting in concert in free agent negotiations.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Cowboys defensive lineman Daniel Ross has been arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Ross was arrested this morning. The 26-year-old Ross is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. So far, the Cowboys have declined to comment on Ross’ arrest.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was a limited participant in practice and has yet to be cleared for more work after a right ankle sprain forced him to miss his first start since 2009. Ryan is hoping to return this week as the Falcons carry a six-game losing streak to New Orleans. If he can’t play, Matt Schaub will make his second straight start.

Associated Press

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