Digest: Orioles closer Zach Britton eighth in Sporting News' vote for MLB's top player

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Was Zach Britton the best pitchers in the majors this year? The players think so.

Orioles closer Zach Britton finished eighth in Sporting News' player voting for the Major League Baseball Player of the Year.

Britton, who was 47-for-47 in save opportunities with a 0.54 ERA, was the only pitcher to receive more than one vote; he received 14.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who had 37 home runs, 96 RBIs and a .294 average, was 12th with two votes.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve won with 84 votes, trailed by Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (64) and David Ortiz (41). Altuve hit an American League-best .338 while leading the majors with 216 hits; he had 24 home runs and stole 30 bases.

Swimming

Phelps confirms he's taken the plunge

After keeping the news secret since June (and denying it at least twice this week), Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps finally acknowledged it. The Baltimore-area native and fiancee Nicole Johnson are married. A shirtless Phelps signed on to Facebook Live on Thursday night to check in with viewers while golfing in a place he says is "not Arizona, but close" with former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. "You guys probably already saw the article that was posted," Phelps said while driving a cart with Lewis in the passenger seat. "I been married for a while. Couple months. I had to keep it a secret from y'all." TMZ first reported Wednesday that the couple secretly wedded. They had been engaged since February 2015. Phelps also said: "Baby No. 2 might be coming soon."

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Terps women's basketball ranked No. 5 in coaches poll

The Maryland women's basketball team was voted No. 5 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, released Thursday. Four-time defending national champion Connecticut is atop the rankings again despite losing All-Americans Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson to graduation. The Terps were the only top-five team not to receive a first-place vote. The Huskies were No. 1 on 18 of the 32 ballots. No. 2 Notre Dame (eight), No. 3 South Carolina (three), No. 4 Baylor (two) and No. 6 Texas (one) also got No. 1 votes. Maryland's closest competition in the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State, tied for No. 6. The Associated Press preseason rankings are expected to be released next week.

Men's college basketball: UMES was picked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll to finish eighth, followed by Morgan State at No. 9 and Coppin State at No. 10. Howard was predicted to win the 13-team league. The All-MEAC preseason second team included Bears junior forward Phillip Carr and Hawks senior forward Bakari Copeland. Eagles senior forward Terry Harris Jr. (Kenwood) made the third team.

Women's college basketball: UMES was picked in the MEAC preseason poll to finish fourth, followed by Morgan State at No. 5 and Coppin State at No. 7. North Carolina A&T State was predicted to win the 13-team league. Hawks redshirt junior guard-forward Moengaroa Subritzky was selected for the All-MEAC preseason first team, Bears junior guard Braennan Farrar for the second team and Eagles senior guard Keena Samuels for the third team.

College football: Navy senior Will Worth was named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

Men's college soccer: Host Navy (4-8-4, 0-5-2 Patriot League) and first-place American (8-5-4, 5-1-1) played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw on Wednesday night.

Women's college volleyball: Sophomore outside hitter Liz Twilley had 13 kills and career highs of seven digs and six blocks as host Maryland (10-13, 2-9 Big Ten) earned a 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 28-30, 25-19, 15-12) upset of No. 19 Ohio State (14-9, 4-7) on Wednesday night.

Sophomore opposite Angel Gaskin added 10 kills, and senior middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor, junior middle blocker Hailey Murray and freshman outside hitter Gia Milana each had nine kills.

College cross country: The Bowie State finished third with 109 points and the women fourth with 127 at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in Richmond, Va.

Major League Soccer: Matteo Mancosu scored twice and the Montreal Impact beat host D.C. United, 4-2, in an MLS Cup Playoffs knockout match. Laurent Ciman and Ignacio Piatti also scored for the fifth-seeded Impact, which will host the top-seeded New York Red Bulls on Sunday in the first game of the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinals. Lamar Neagle and Taylor Kemp (Maryland) scored for fourth-seeded United, both after the 89th minute.

Horse racing: Dolphus Morrison, a longtime horseman and the breeder of 2009 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, died Wednesday in Columbia, Mo. Morrison, who was 82, had Alzheimer's disease, his wife, Ellen, said.

Women's soccer: Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger and forward Crystal Dunn were named to the U.S. national team for exhibition matches against Romania on Nov. 10 in San Jose, Calif., and Nov. 13 in Carson, Calif.

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