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D'Backs ace Webb wins 16 and a Cy Young

By TOM JONES
Published November 15, 2006


If, as many analysts assert, won-loss record doesn't necessarily reflect performance, Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb more than earned his NL Cy Young Award despite going 16-8. The right-hander was third in the league in ERA (3.10) and second in innings (235), had 178 strikeouts against 50 walks and allowed more than four times as many ground balls as fly balls. Details, 8C

Japanese 3B may be headed to Rays

The Devil Rays could be adding star Japanese third baseman Akinori Iwamura to their lineup. ESPN's Peter Gammons reports the Rays have posted a winning bid of $4.5-million for the rights to negotiate with Iwamura, 27, who hit .312 with 32 homers for Yakult. Bidding officially closes Friday, and if Yakult accepts the Rays' bid they have 30 days to come to terms with Iwamura.

Maybe that's it: more short weeks

Here's a bit of good news for the Bucs. Normally, teams don't like playing on Monday Night Football because it makes for a short work week for the next game. But the Bucs have had success coming off a Monday night game. They are 9-5-1 all time, including 5-2 since 2001, in the game following a Monday night game.

Gee, why would anyone think that?

Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers, the parents of basketball player Michael Prince and Price himself all said coach Bob Knight did nothing wrong when he made physical contact with Prince during a timeout Monday night in an 86-74 victory against Gardner-Webb. Knight used his right hand to lift Prince's head. "Coach Knight did not slap Michael," Myers said in a statement. "Michael came off the court with his head down and Coach Knight quickly lifted Michael's chin and said, 'Hold your head up and don't worry about your mistakes. Just play your game.' " Prince told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that what happened "was nothing." His mother, Suzette, told the newspaper she and her husband did not think Knight should be disciplined.

"Maybe because I'm unhappy, and I'm not too much excited about what's going on, so my concentration and focus level tends to go down when I'm in a bad mood. So all I can say is, if you put me in a good situation and make me happy, man, you get good results."

Raiders receiver Randy Moss, in the Oakland Tribune, talking about why he is dropping more passes than usual.

Trade talk

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