Eagles’ Foles Named QB for Rest of Season
Philadelphia — Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was named Philadelphia’s starter for the rest of the season.
Coach Chip Kelly made the announcement Tuesday as the team returned from its bye week and began preparations for the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) on Sunday.
The Eagles (6-5) are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.
“Nick will be our starter,” Kelly, a Manchester, N.H., native, said. “And hopefully we get Mike (Vick) back through a full week of practice and he’ll be able to be the No. 2 guy.”
Foles, in his second season, replaced Vick, who re-injured his hamstring in a loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 27. The Eagles have saved their season after a rocky start and he’s been the focal point.
No. 18 N. Illinois 33 W. Michigan 14
De Kalb, Ill. — Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years.
Lynch carried the ball 27 times in topping his previous record of 316 yards, set on Oct. 19 against Central Michigan. He established the mark with a 6-yard run with 13:49 to play. He scored on runs of 29, 36 and 37 yards and threw a 10-yard TD.
The Huskies (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American) shook off brisk winds and occasional light snowfall as they extended the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 26 games.
Hall of Fame Ballot Announced
New York — Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.
Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots are due by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 8.
Players elected along with choices announced Dec. 9 by the expansion era committee (1973 and later) will be inducted July 27 at Cooperstown. Among those on the committee ballot are retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre; late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; and late players union head Marvin Miller.
Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to produce any inductees. Craig Biggio came closest to receiving the necessary 75 percent, falling 39 shy with 388 (68.2 percent).
Cano’s Agents, Yanks Meet
New York — Representatives for free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano met Tuesday with the New York Yankees, and the gap between the sides remains wide, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. The person adds the sides may meet again today.
Cano was represented by Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez of CAA Baseball. Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation has partnered with CAA Baseball to represent Cano, did not attend.
Yankees President Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman were there for the team.
Cano, a five-time All-Star, was not at the session. His agents asked earlier this year for a 10-year deal worth in excess of a record $300 million, and the Yankees repeatedly have said they have no interest in a contract of that length or total.
Revs Player Honored
New York — New England’s Jose Goncalves was voted Major League Soccer’s Defender of the Year.
The 28-year-old Portuguese central defender played every minute of the Revolution’s 34 league games and scored a pair of goals, both decisive. He was loaned to New England from Switzerland’s Sion in January, and the Revolution last week exercised their right to purchase his contract.
Goncalves received the most team, media and player votes, the league said Tuesday. Kansas City’s Matt Besler was second after winning the award last year. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2011 winner, was third.
Hilario Grajeda was voted referee of the year, followed by Ismail Elfath and Baldomero Toledo.