Bill Kostroun, Associated Press
Alex Rodriguez won his third American League Most Valuable Player award on Monday.
A-Rod rejoins Yanks as MVP

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is headed back to the New York Yankees as the American League's Most Valuable Player.

A-Rod won his third AL MVP award Monday, easily defeating Detroit's Magglio Ordonez after compiling an astounding season at the plate. Rodriguez received 26 first-place votes and 382 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, while Ordonez had two firsts and 258 points.

Rodriguez won his first MVP in 2003, his last season with the Texas Rangers. He also won with the Yankees in 2005 — but he's never played in a World Series.

"There's definitely a huge hole in the resume," he said. "It's my third MVP and I'm here to say that I would trade all three for one world championship. I wouldn't think twice about it."

Rodriguez started the year with 14 homers in his first 18 games, hit .314 for the season and led the majors with 54 homers, 156 RBIs and 143 runs. He was the first player since New York's Roger Maris in 1961 to lead the majors in homers, RBIs and runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

An 11-time All-Star, Rodriguez became the ninth player to win the MVP three or more times. Barry Bonds holds the record with seven — all in the NL — and Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Mike Schmidt won three apiece.


TYSON SENTENCED: Mike Tyson could have received more than four years in prison. He left the courtroom having to serve all of one day in an open-air jail near Phoenix. The former heavyweight champion was sentenced Monday for cocaine possession and driving under the influence. "I take responsibility for my actions," Tyson told the judge. The 41-year-old boxer will serve his day in jail Tuesday for DUI. He received three years of probation for the cocaine charge and also will have to pay a fine, submit to drug testing and serve 360 hours of community service.


BULLS TRADE MATHIS: The New York Red Bulls traded all-time leading scorer Clint Mathis to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday, getting a third-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft. The trade sends midfielder Mathis, who turns 31 next week, back to the team where he began his pro career in 1998. Mathis played for Real Salt Lake in 2005.

MLS CUP MATCH: Next year's Major League Soccer championship game is set for Carson, the third time the MLS Cup showdown will be played at the Home Depot Center. The league's 13th title game will be on Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. MST at the 27,000-seat stadium that serves as the home of both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.


JIM RINGO DIES: Jim Ringo, a Hall of Fame center who played 15 seasons for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, died Monday after a short illness. He was two days shy of his 76th birthday. Former Packers teammate Willie Davis said Ringo had been battling Alzheimer's. The Packers drafted Ringo out of Syracuse in the seventh round in 1953, and he became one of the league's best centers despite being undersized at just over 200 pounds. But Ringo turned his relatively small size into an advantage, leading the way on the power sweep that made the Packers' offense so effective.


STARS GET LAMPMAN: Dallas acquired defenseman Bryce Lampman from Tampa Bay on Monday, the first trade by the Stars since firing their general manager last week and making Brett Hull a co-general manager. The Stars sent defenseman Mario Scalzo to Tampa Bay. Lampman will report to the Iowa Stars, the team's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.