Sports shorts: Manziel first freshman named AP Player of the Year

2012-12-19T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Manziel first freshman named AP Player of the YearStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Johnny Manziel ran for almost 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback his senior year of high school at Kerrville (Texas) Tivy.

As a Texas A&M freshman, pitted against the defenses of the Southeastern Conference, he was even more impressive.

On Tuesday, Manziel was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year. As with the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award that Manziel already won, the QB nicknamed Johnny Football is the first freshman to collect the AP award.

Manziel's 31 votes was more than twice that of second-place finisher Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker. Manziel is the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.

More college football

Tucson game to feature Crist

Former Kansas and Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game, to be held Jan. 11 at Kino Stadium.

Game officials announced Crist's addition Tuesday morning; the rest of the rosters will be unveiled over the coming weeks. Crist completed 103 passes for 1,313 yards and four touchdowns this season at Kansas.

Crist said in a news release that it's "an incredible honor to play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game."

"I am flattered to be selected and excited to get to Tucson and meet my new teammates for the game," he said.

• Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel has dropped a bid to get a fifth season of NCAA eligibility and will focus his efforts on preparing for the NFL draft. Tuel broke a collarbone twice in 2011.

Golf

Montgomerie elected to HOF

LONDON - Colin Montgomerie has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame by the slimmest of margins.

Montgomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were announced Tuesday as the latest inductees. They fill out the 2013 class that includes Willie Park Jr., Fred Couples and Ken Venturi.

Montgomerie won the European Tour money list a record eight times.

Miscellaneous

1996 silver medal boxer dies

HAVANA - Cuban authorities say Olympic silver medalist boxer Arnaldo Mesa has died. He was 46.

Government-run sports website Jit.cu says Mesa died Monday, several days after he was hospitalized for a stroke.

In 1996 he was runner-up in the bantamweight class at the Atlanta Olympics.

• The U.S. men's soccer team will open its 2013 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 29.

• Chapter Seven has been voted 2012 Trotter of the Year after eight victories in 10 starts. The U.S. Harness Writers Association will announce the Pacer of the Year today.

Ryan Finley

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