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Baseball: Nationals' Davey Johnson, Athletics' Bob Melvin chosen as managers of year
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BASEBALL • Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals, and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics were chosen as managers of the year on Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons.

Melvin beat out Baltimore's Buck Showalter for the AL honor in a close vote by a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel. Under Melvin, the A's made a 20-game improvement, finished 94-68 and won the AL West.

Johnson was an easy choice for the NL prize after the Nationals — who had never enjoyed a winning year — posted the best record in the majors and made their first playoff appearance.

Marlins, Blue Jays make big trade

baseball • A person familiar with the deal says the Miami Marlins have undergone another payroll purge by trading shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and right-hander Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a blockbuster deal. The person said the trade sent several of the Blue Jays' top prospects to the Marlins.

Top recruit Parker remains undecided

college basketball • Top high school recruit Jabari Parker won't be signing his letter of intent when the early period begins Wednesday. Lola Parker said Tuesday her son is "not signing." She said he'll probably commit to a school in December and make it official in the spring.

Jabari Parker, who plays for Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, has made official visits to Michigan State, Duke and Florida. A trip to Stanford scheduled for last weekend likely will happen in early December, instead, because he's been going for therapy on his broken right foot four days a week. He's also scheduled to visit Brigham Young over Thanksgiving weekend.

Lola Parker said her son hasn't ruled out any of those five schools.

From wire reports

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