Sports In Brief - November 15, 2007

NEW YORK -- Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin, former backup catchers who found far more success in the dugout than on the field, were honored Wednesday as managers of the year.

Wedge became the first Cleveland manager to win the AL award, picked by a wide margin after the Indians and Boston tied for the best record in baseball. Melvin was the first Arizona manager to get the NL prize, chosen after leading the young Diamondbacks to the top mark in the league.

• Alex Rodriguez spoke with the Yankees, telling them he wanted to explore whether he could work out a deal to return to New York.

Members of the Steinbrenner family and top team officials participated in the discussion, according to a person familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because the club didn't make any announcement.

Rodriguez, who opted out of his contract last month and became a free agent, said he wanted to talk with the Steinbrenner family before he started discussions with other franchises and that he wanted to remain with the Yankees. It was not immediately known whether the discussion took place in person or by telephone. His agent, Scott Boras, did not participate.

• NFL -- Ricky Williams' suspension ended after more than 18 months when he was reinstated by the NFL, and winless Miami might welcome him back.

The 2002 league rushing champion was scheduled to fly to South Florida for a physical today and meet with coach Cam Cameron, said Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg.

• Dwight Freeney's season is over and Simeon Rice has a chance to start anew in Indianapolis.

Freeney, the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end and highest-paid defender in the league, was placed on injured reserve by the Colts. He's scheduled to undergo surgery later this week or early next week on his injured left foot.

To help fill the void, the AFC South-leading Colts claimed Rice, a two-time All-Pro defensive end, off waivers Monday. Rice spent the first half of the season with Denver, which signed him to a one-year, $3 million contract in September.

• NBA -- The New York Knicks fined Stephon Marbury more than $195,000 for skipping Tuesday's game at Phoenix, the latest clash between the team's star point guard and coach Isiah Thomas.

The Knicks sent Marbury a letter informing him of the fine, according to a person with knowledge of the penalty who spoke to The Associated Press. He requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it. The Knicks would not confirm the fine.

• TENNIS -- Top-ranked Roger Federer snapped his two-match losing streak, beating No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3 and boosting his chances of defending his Masters Cup title.

Fifth-ranked Andy Roddick faced No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez later. Both won their opening matches, with Gonzalez upsetting Federer. It was Federer's second consecutive loss, the first time in 4 1/2 years he had lost twice in a row.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Paul Turner of Rock Hill notched his fourth career ace recently at Carolina Crossings. Turner holed the par three, 133-yard sixth hole with a 7-iron. Joe Brice and Mark McDonald witnessed.