Los Angeles Times

Ohtani is finalist for AL MVP


Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani and Yordan Álvarez are the finalists for the American League MVP award in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America. St. Louis Cardinals teammates Nolan Arenado and

Paul Goldschmid­t remain contenders for National League MVP, along with San Diego Padres third baseman

Manny Machado.

Justin Verlander of the World Series champion Houston Astros is favored to win his third Cy Young Award. Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox and Alek Manoah of Toronto are the other AL Cy Young finalists. Miami ace Sandy Alcantara, Atlanta left-hander

Max Fried and Dodgers lefthander Julio Urías are the top three vote-getters for the NL Cy Young Award.

Cleveland’s Terry Francona, Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde and Seattle’s Scott Servais are in the running for AL manager of the year.

In the NL, it’s Dave Roberts from the 111-win Dodgers, first-year New York Mets skipper Buck Showalter and Brian Snitker of the NL East champion Braves.

More than 1 million fans celebrated the Astros’ World Series title with a downtown parade . ... Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro are on the eightman ballot for the Hall of Fame’s contempora­ry baseball era committee, which meets Dec. 4 in San Diego . ... Minnesota shortstop Carlos Correa formally opted out of his contract to become a free agent. Jacob deGrom, Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Rodon also turned down player options, joining the free-agent market . ... The White Sox picked up Tim Anderson’s $12.5-million option for the 2023 season and declined their $5.5-million option on infielder Josh Harrison.

Caroline Garcia took a tight first set and went on to a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka to win the championsh­ip of the WTA Finals in Fort Worth. The sixth-ranked Garcia became the second Frenchwoma­n to win the seasonendi­ng event after Amelie Mauresmo in 2005, also the last time the WTA Finals were held in the U.S.

UCLA earned one of four No. 1 seeds in the 64-team NCAA women’s soccer tournament field. The Bruins (172-0) will host Northern Arizona in the first round at 6 p.m. Friday.

Coming off its first win over UCLA since 2015, fourth-seeded USC (12-2-3) will host UC Irvine in the first round on Saturday at 1 p.m. — Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal Poly Pomona and Biola made the Division II men's soccer tournament. CSULA, the defending national champions, is a No. 1 seed.

Keeneland said a 2.5% fractional interest in Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Flightline sold for $4.6 million during a special auction before the start of its November Breeding Stock Sale. Brookdale Farm’s Freddy Seitz signed the ticket for an undisclose­d client.

Dejounte Murray scored 25 points, and the host Atlanta Hawks ended the Milwaukee Bucks’ seasonopen­ing, nine-game win streak, 117-98.

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