Magazine Names Phelps as Its Sportsman of Year

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Michael Phelps achieved another unprecedented feat: the first swimmer honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year.

Phelps broke Mark Spitz's record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in August and became the winningest Olympian ever with his 14 career victories.

Olympians in other sports have earned the award before in its 54-year history, but the winner was never a swimmer.

SOURCES: PITCHER VAZQUEZ LIKELY HEADED TO BRAVES IN TRADE

Javier Vazquez is likely headed from the Chicago White Sox to the Atlanta Braves in a multiplayer trade.

The teams reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that would send the 32-year-old pitcher to Atlanta, two people familiar with the deal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized.

It was unclear who the Braves would send to Chicago in exchange for Vazquez.

AROUND BASEBALL

Ted Rogers, owner of the Toronto Blue Jays, died at his home. He was 75. He was treated in October for an existing heart condition, the team said in announcing his death. …