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SEC suspends Pearl for eight league games

Birmingham, Ala. -- Tennessee men's basketball Coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended for the first eight games of the Southeastern Conference season, the league said Friday.

The action stems from an NCAA investigation of the Tennessee program in which Pearl allegedly misled investigators. Other alleged violations include improper contact with recruits.

The SEC said Pearl would be barred from team activities on game days from Jan. 8-Feb. 5. Team activities include practices, meetings, pregame and postgame activities, and the game itself.

"The suspension from coaching duties has been imposed after a careful review of the facts established during the NCAA's investigation and reported to the SEC office," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

Black, Gardenhire voted managers awards

New York -- San Diego's Bud Black and Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire have been voted the managers of the year for their respective leagues, it was announced Wednesday.

Tom Kelly, who won in 1991, is the only other Minnesota manager to win the award.

Black edged Cincinnati's Dusty Baker by one point in winning the National League manager of the year award.

The Padres finished 90-72 and in second place behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West after being a consensus pick to finish last in the division. San Diego led the division much of the season despite fielding the second-lowest paid lineup in baseball.

He joins Bruce Bochy, now the manager of the Giants, as the only Padres leader to be manager of the year. Bochy won in San Diego in 1996.

Posey, Feliz are rookies of the year

New York -- San Francisco catcher Buster Posey and Texas pitcher Neftali Feliz were voted rookies of the year in their respective leagues, it was announced Monday.

Posey, the Giants' first rookie of the year award winner since John Montefusco in 1975, was named first on 20 of the 32 ballots for National League rookie of the year. He was second on nine ballots and third on two others for a total of 129 points. Atlanta's Jason Heyward, with nine first-place votes and 107 points, was second.

Feliz was first on 20 of the 28 American League ballots and totaled 122 points. Detroit's Austin Jackson (98 points) was second. Feliz is only the second Rangers player to be named rookie of the year. The other was Mike Hargrove in 1974.

George 'Sparky' Anderson dies at age 76

Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- George "Sparky" Anderson, who led teams in both leagues to World Series titles, has died. He was 76.

Anderson died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. His family announced Wednesday Anderson had been placed in hospice care because of complications related to dementia.

Anderson managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1970-78, winning four National League pennants and the 1975 and '76 World Series. He led the Detroit Tigers from 1979-85, winning the World Series in 1984. When he finished his career, he was the only person to own two franchise records for wins as a manager.

Pujols, Bautista receive monthly awards

New York -- St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols and Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista were named players of the month for their respective leagues Thursday.

Pujols was selected as National League Player of the Month for August after batting .379 during 26 games. He led the league with 11 homers, posted a .777 slugging percentage, scored 29 times and had 23 RBI.

He hit his 400th career homer during the month. He won the honor for the fifth time in his career.

Bautista was honored in the American League for his 12 homers, 24 RBI and 72 total bases. He had 18 extra-base hits and a slugging percentage of .724. Bautista has 43 homers for the season, which leads the majors.

Jiminez, Price get All-Star starts

Anaheim, Calif. -- Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez and Tamp Bay's David Price, who lead their respective leagues in wins, were selected starting pitchers for Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Jimenez, a right-hander, is 15-1 with a 2.20 earned run average in 18 starts for the Rockies. No other pitcher has more than 12 wins.

Price, a left-hander, is 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 17 starts. He is tied with the New York Yankees' CC Sabathia for the American League lead in victories.

Philadelphia Manager Charlie Manuel, who will lead the National League team, and New York Manager Joe Girardi, who will handle the American League All-Stars, also announced their lineups for Tuesday.