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Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM   |   Comments

Texas A&M QB Manziel wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel made college football history Saturday when he was named the first freshman to ever win the award.

The pick was announced at a gala dinner in New York, during which Manziel got the nod over Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Manziel earned the media nickname "Johnny Football" as he set an SEC record for total offense by amassing 3,419 passing yards and rushing for 1,181 more while accounting for 43 touchdowns -- 24 through the air.

The signal-caller's efforts helped produce Texas A&M's 10-2 record and a trip to the Cotton Bowl.

The highlight of Manziel's season came when he paced the Aggies to a Nov. 10 win over then-No. 1 Alabama.

Te'o -- a keystone of the undefeated Irish team that will play for the national championship in January -- would have been the first pure defensive player to receive the trophy in its 78-year history.

Klein, meanwhile, led Kansas State to an 11-1 record and completed 15 touchdown passes.


Perry-O'Hair grab Franklin Templeton lead

NAPLES, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The team of Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair grabbed a two-stroke lead at the Franklin Templeton Shootout Saturday after firing a combined 11-under 61.

Perry is seeking his third career victory at the shootout event, after having won it with John Huston in 2005 and with Scott Hoch in 2008.

He and O'Hair ended the second round at 19-under-par 125 -- two better than the duo of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker, who combined for a 7-under 65.

Three other teams were tied for third place after 36 holes on the Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club.

Carl Pettersson and Stewart Cink turned in a round of 10-under 62 to end four shots off the pace at minus-15, knotting with the tandems of Charles Howell III-Rory Sabbatini and Jason Dufner-Vijay Singh (both 9-under 63).


Rangers send Michael Young to Phillies

ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Texas Rangers traded their all-time hits leader, Michael Young, to the Philadelphia Phillies for a pair of pitchers Saturday, MLB.com and USA Today said.

Citing team sources, the outlets reported Young -- voted the Rangers' Player of the Year five times over 12 seasons with the club -- was dealt to the Phillies for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and minor-leaguer Lisalverto Bonilla.

The deal was confirmed when Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus posted a Twitter message reading, "Super sad that our captain Michael Young is gone wish the best for him and his family," MLB.com said.

It reported the Rangers are expected to pick up as much as $10 million of Young's $16 million salary for next season.

The 25-year-old Lindblom had come to the Phillies in mid-season as part of a trade that sent outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He posted a 3-5 record with a 3.55 ERA in 74 combined games.

Bonilla, 22, pitched for Class AA Reading in 2012.


Cowboys' Josh Brent jailed in fatal crash

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent Saturday was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving in the death of teammate Jerry Brown, police said.

Irving, Texas, police said Brent was charged after a car crash early Saturday that killed Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad, who was riding with Brent in the vehicle.

Authorities said Brent was taken into custody after incident, in which a car he was driving hit a curb at a high rate of speed and flipped at least one time before landing on a service road.

Brown, a 25-year-old Illinois teammate of Brent's, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Police said Brent was booked into the Irving City Jail on a count of intoxication manslaughter after undergoing field sobriety tests at the scene of the accident.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him."

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