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The Insider: Rivera, Anderson named to NWL All-Star team

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Willmar Stingers Nick Rivera and Brady Anderson were named to the Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team.

Pete Alonso, a first baseman for the Madison Mallards and a Florida freshman, was named the NWL’s Most Valuable Player.

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Matt Kent of Rochester and Ryan Smoyer of Kalamazoo were named co-Pitchers of the Year, and Lakeshore’s Eddy Morgan was named Manager of the Year.

Rivera, a sophomore from Florida Gulf Coast, hit .291 with 13 home runs and 51 runs batted in, and Anderson, a Florida Gulf Coast junior, was 3-5 with a 3.24 earned-run average.

Faxon, Fay join Fox Sports’ broadcast team

Brad Faxon and David Fay are the latest additions to Fox Sports’ team that the will begin telecasting United States Golf Association events next year.

Fay was executive director of the USGA for 21 years, while Faxon ranks 50th on the PGA Tour’s all-time money list.

“(Faxon) still has great relationships with, and knowledge of, today’s Tour players, and that insight will prove invaluable to our telecasts,” said Mark Loomis, Fox’s coordinating golf producer.

“David has been synonymous with the USGA, its championships and history for decades, so adding him to our team was a no-brainer.”

Fox already lined up join Joe Buck and Greg Norman to report from the booth, and Holly Sonders, who came over from the Golf Channel, for on-course commentary.

Among the USGA events Fox will broadcast are the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Senior Open, along with selected amateur tournaments.

Vikings sign Sperry

The Minnesota Vikings signed veteran tight end Kory Sperry, the team announced Sunday.

Sperry joins the Vikings as a free agent signing. A six-year NFL veteran, Sperry played the 2013 season with the Arizona Cardinals. In 40 career games, he has caught nine passes for 152 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Sperry played under offensive coordinator Norv Turner in San Diego from 2010-2012 and spent time on the team’s practice squad in 2009. Sperry entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State in 2009.

Manziel expected to start

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has not made the announcement yet, but Johnny Manziel is expected to follow up his preseason debut as a backup Saturday night by starting against the Washington Redskins next Monday.

Pettine said Sunday he has not settled on a starter had denied an ESPN report claiming a team source told him Manziel has moved ahead of Brian Hoyer in the quarterback competition.

“I’m not sure who his team source would be,” Pettine said. “The people most involved in the decision are myself and (quarterbacks coach) Dowell Loggains and (offensive coordinator) Kyle Shanahan. It’s something I’m not going to pay a lot of attention to. I don’t like being in the business of anonymous sources.

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