SWAC names Texas Southern's Murray player of year
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Texas Southern forward Aaric Murray is the Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year.
Murray was also named defensive player of the year in voting by SWAC coaches and sports information directors released Monday.
Southern swept the other three awards. Roman Banks is coach of the year, while Tre'Lun Banks claimed freshman honors and Calvin Godfrey was named the top newcomer.
Murray led the SWAC in scoring, averaging 21.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Murray also blocked a league-best 69 shots.
Roman Banks led the Jaguars to a 19-11 record, including 15-2 in SWAC games.
Trelun Banks led Southern in assists and averaged 8.6 points.
Godfrey averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Southland Conference names All-Conference team
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Southland Conference has named its All-Conference team and other post-season basketball awards.
The conference announced Monday that Oral Roberts' Shawn Glover, Central Arkansas' LaQuentin Miles, Stephen F. Austin's Jacob Parker, Northwestern State's Jalan West, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's John Jordan were named first-team All-SLC.
SFA's Parker was named the conference Player of the Year and Stephen F. Austin's Brent Underwood is Coach of the Year.
The conference's post-season tournament is to start Wednesday in Katy, Texas.
Cabrera 2 homers leads Tigers over Cards 17-5
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cabrera a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya's two-run double in the eighth.
Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.
St. Louis pitchers gave up double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.
Cardinals introduce Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have introduced new Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, although it may take a while before he gets into a game.
Diaz went through a practice Monday before the Cardinals played Detroit.
Later this week, Diaz will return to Mexico to finalize his work visa. Until that issue is cleared, Diaz can work out with the big league club but can only play in games on the back fields.
The Cardinals signed the 23-year-old Diaz to a four-year contract over the weekend. During the offseason, the NL champions signed All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a free-agent deal for four years.
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